(plsppardon the double post asi also posted this under patient medications before realizing that was probably not the right place). l am a nursing student doing a preceptorship on a med/surgery floor... I worked a night shift last night and I was not myself at all, quite spacey all night. I am realizing after coming home this morning that I don't remember giving one of the patients her insulin!! Her insulin was high (16.9) so I remember thinking "gotta get her that!" Yet I seem to recall she did not have an insulin order sheet or something. I was so spacey that I can't remember clearly.. I know I did give her a needle... but that may have been lovenox.... I called the floor and told her RN for today that they should be on the lookout for that. When I called they asked if I had given that same patient patient PRN benadryl or gravol for her nausea. Even though I did my checks 3x before GIVING the med, I was not so thorough when SIGNING the med after and apparently signed for benadryl instead (I did describe the pill I gave to the RN and it was indeed gravol).
I am absolutely freaking out! This means that if I did indeed forget to give her insulin I made two med errors on the same patient in one night!! Though only one that actually reached the patient, but still... My preceptor is very nice but my course instructor is known for being a hardass. I feel so stupid and scared I am going to flunk out! My only relief is that I did call the floor so I know they will be watching her and she will likely not be harmed. Still, I am really anxious this could be the end of my nursing career. Is it common for students to get kicked it for things like this? Do you think I am doomed?
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The nursing program must be much different in Canada, than the U.S. Here, students do not give meds without a check by the preceptor or instructor. I cannot fathom how you can be responsible for medication administration.
Only your instructor knows the consequences here. Call her now.
I was thinking the exact same thing....that where in the world was your instructor???? Sure you made a mistake, but it should have been caught by your instructor watching you! You are only a student. I would hate to see you be the one taking the fall for this. Unbelievable.
NM - Re-read the state if mind OP was in. So incredibly dangerous and completely OPs responsibility to acknowledge and tell her instructor that she is dangerous being on the floor in the frame of mind.
Last edit by Orion81RN on Jun 13