Help I am a new grad and I made a medication error! - page 3

Help I am a new grad nurse just out of school working with my IP. I started working in a new grad program and my second day on the floor I made a major medication error. I gave medications to the... Read More

  1. by   Zee_RN
    And there was the day I had 18 patients on my med-surg floor and was carrying around IV piggybacks in my pocket. Imagine my extreme dismay and utter mortification when my patient's FAMILY came out to me and said..."that little bag of medicine that my husband's getting has someone else's name on it...." AAAACKKK. There was no excuse for it. Obviously, I didn't follow the five rights. Had to explain to the family and patient that I screwed up. Had to call physician (fortunately, a nice guy who said, "well, a little dose of Cipro probably did him good"). Write up incident report; call supervisor, file report with my boss. Was checking the want-ads that night for the local grocery store or restaurant! OMG, I'll never forget that day and I'll NEVER carry meds in my pocket again!!!

    Live and learn and get on with your nursing'll do fine.
  2. by   jlangrn
    Hey Rosey,
    You're like all of the rest of us, if you're a nurse you either have or will make a med error, we are just human. I agree this will make you a better nurse and it won't happen again, I'm sure. I also take the MAR to the room with me and take the meds in the unit doses and open them and put a small check mark by them as I give them and tell the pt what they are. As many have said the pts do know their meds better than anyone and will question anything different and we all learn to listen and double check whenever they question. I still get nervous when passing meds and I still check and double check after the 5 yrs I've been nursing. You'll do great, hang in there, and God bless, Judy
  3. by   Goofball
    Yah, Rosey, get back up on that horsey and ride!
    You have a conscience, and that in itself says
    you are a good nurse. One time I never noticed, until 6 hours into my chaotic shift, that a pt.
    had the wrong IV going (hung by previous shift)
    It was D5and 1/2 instead of 1/4, but I dutifully took it down/changed it and reported it to the surgeon. She came apart; she told me if the pt. died it would be my fault, and coincidentally, that pt was going down the tubes that day anyway;
    but certainly not from that stupid IV. Too long a story to tell, but I actually had to go to counseling to get through this!!! Now I never wait to check an IV solution, when I do my assessments, no matter how busy I am or how many times I am interrupted. And I sure have found a lot of strange, unordered things hanging! But anyway, at the time of this occurrence, I was a mess, dissolved into a nonfunctional imbecile, and barely got through my shift. You will survive, stick it out, you will be more proud of yourself if you do!
  4. by   LPN_mn

    I have to agree with the other posts here today. I have been a nurse for 3 years and just last week I made a med error. I was working in a new Nursing Home and did not yet know all the residents. I took an insulin injection over to an elderly lady called the name of the resident that was to get the injection and she answered. I told her that I had her insulin and she did not protest or anything so I gave the injection. Just as I started to put the insulin in her abd, it dawned on me that she had no bruising on her abd. That should have been a flag but I thought she may have just been started on insulin. I gave the injection and a Nursing assistant came over and called the lady by a different name. I immediately reported the error and when we took her blood sugar before calling the Dr. everyone was surprised at how high her BS was and that she had no diagnosis for diabetes. Luckily I have been in nursing long enough that my convidence was not shakin too badly and I was able to complete the shift with no other problems. Keep your chin up. Everyone makes mistakes and I think as preceptors and nurses we kind of expect them.
  5. by   Russ Dowling
    Rosey, first of all you're human. We make mistakes. Everyone is right when they say you'll probably never do it again. My first year of nursing I accidently gave a patient 12 units of regular insulin instead of NPH. I realized it as I finished giving it to her. I notified the RN covering me, and the house doc, and filled out an incident report. I monitored her very closely for the rest of the shift. I'll never forget that feeling of horror! That was 10 years ago, and I've NEVER made another med error. PLEASE don't give up; this mistake can make you a better nurse!