Med error could cost my job? Need help! - page 4

:wavey: Hi everyone! I really need to get this off my chest and get some responses back on your opinion of the problem. I was off work for 3 1/2 months for some personal problems. When I... Read More

  1. by   ladyinred667
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN

    This is why I've gotten into the habit of emptying my pockets before I leave. It's just too easy to make a mistake like that.
    That is an excellent habit. I will definitely start doing that when I am practicing.
  2. by   ginarn5
    Those Pixis machines can be a nightmare if you goof up the narc count. It's too bad you work in such a nasty place. I always thought that there had to be a pattern of suspicious narc counts or something. I have done the same thing as you but worked with more trusting people. One thing I have made a habit of is going through my pockets before I leave the floor because I know I can't trust my memory after a long shift. If they persist in making a big deal of this tell them you are going to talk to a lawyer . If you are able to find another job you should. No one should have to work in such an atmosphere. Nursing is too stressful.
  3. by   htrn
    First of all {{{{{OP}}}}} I am sorry you are having to deal with this.

    If not done already, please write an incident report about the day you turned your paperwork into HR. What time to took the paperwork in, who you gave it to and why, what time you came back in and found the paperwork face up on her desk for God and everyone to read. Make several copies of that and distribute according to your Union rep or attorney's advice (i.e. EEOP, hospital administrator, director of nursing, nurse manager, HR, etc...) BTW, make sure you have a list of recipients on the incident report to include the EEOP so that the powers that be at the hospital see that the incident has been reported to the big guys.

    I'm sure you already have, but be sure you write down EVERYTHING that happened with the vicodin, an incident report, and ensure you keep a copy of it.

    Then, if they decide to terminate you, write a letter detailing your experience and how you were treated and that you feel this is a wrongful termination. Send that and all the other incident reports to a civil rights attorney - sounds like the hospital may need an education in the ADA, or if they have one, this is a thinly veiled way of getting around it.

    Good luck.
  4. by   CVICURN2003
    Our pyxsis at work can go back and see who took what drug out. If there is a discrepancy it is bright red letters if it is a narc. If it is not a narc it shows up in grey letters. In my unit, if we notice a discrpancy, it is our policy not to take any more narcs out until that discrepancy is fixed. Our charge nurse and pharmacy go back and look at the people that took that narc out and ask them about it. Usually, it is something very simple. In their pocket becasue they decided not to give it or they simply counted wrong. But our discrepanies usually get fixed fast. If drop a narc and have to waste the entire dose we have to take it to the pharmacy and two nurses have to sign and the pharmacy. I busted a fentanyl vial like an idiot the other day and we had to go to the pharmacy with the busted vial and I had a witness to what happened. It sounds like they were out to get you to me...I'd get that lawyer.
  5. by   3gnursemommy
    I'm so sorry to hear that happened to you. A very very similar thing happened to my mom last year. It has been a very long process since then but there was a little bit more going on. Not that I would ever recommend anyone to leave their job but what we learned with her is that if she would have left before things escalated to the point that they did she would have been better off. It seems the way some hospitals are anymore once a judgment is made it is very hard to convince them otherwise. After watching what she went through I know that if I am ever in that situation I will leave and begin again rather than having the long drawn out process break me. I will be thinking of you. Just know who you are and keep your confidence. Good Luck.
  6. by   Agnus
    Something a little different happened to me. A drug discrepancy showed up in the pixis. I simply could not explain it. I asked may manager to please drug test me now.

    She saw no problem with it and asked about it, after assuring me that I was not undersuspicion and they did not require a test. She understood my feelings though and thought the hospital probably would do a test if I insisted.

    The reply was that no testing was required. Sometimes discrepencies happen that can not be explained. If I wanted to be tested on my own that would be ok.
    She said that at no time I was under suspicion. The only time I would be under suspicion and then they would require a drug test, was if this or something simular was happening with me on a repeated basis.

    It was actually 3 days later when my manager called me about this. SO even if it is a week later insist on being tested. Be willing to submit to both a blood and hair test. Let them know of your concern and that you do understand that this looks suspicious and you feel you must clear yourself. Since your seem to be under suspicion you might even pay for a test yourself if they refuse.

    Keep in mind if they refuse then they really do not suspect you. And they have no grounds to acuse you if they refuse test. If they persist in accusations even after refusing to test. Get tested yourself and get an attorney. In my case there were 3 norco missing and not accounted for.
    Last edit by Agnus on Mar 4, '07 : Reason: add last sentence.