I supervised a methadone clinic for about a year. The methadone was kept in a locked safe behind two locked doors. Only myself, the MD, the other nurse, an agent from the DEA ever entered the room in which the methadone was kept.
When the methadone was delivered by some specialty delivery service, only the MD, me, or the other nurse could sign for it.
We had to count every single tablet to assure the number of pills was correct in each opened bottle. We had to account for every single milligram of methadone given.
Pretty stringent rules, eh? Well mistakes do happen and are understood and accepted.
For example, I once gave the wrong, higher dose to a client. No big deal- a med error. I contacted the MD, monitored the client, and completed the appropriate forms.
Another time, I was putting away medical and clerical supplies when I opened a box and found several bottles of methadone. The delivery was signed by the front office secretary of the mental health clinic and set in the hallway outside of the methadone clinic. I don't quite remember the details, but the unsecured box of methadone sat out in the hallway for an extended amount of time, perhaps overnight, perhaps over the weekend, before I discovered it. THOUSANDS of street dollars of methadone!
I merely reported the incident to the proper individuals and authorities and reiterated to others the proper process .
What I want to repeat is that mistakes do happen and are often accepted as the natural order of things. It's not always the end of the world or the big deal people want to make out of it. You made an honest mistake and reacted appropriately. You've done your job to the best of your ability, so now just ride with the tide and go with the flow.
Easy said than done, I know. But I've made and/or witnessed many mistakes and errors in my career that just came out in the wash.
Here's hoping your situation, too, comes out in the wash, Tina412. And please- keep us posted.
The best to you.