I am in an accelerated ADN program and am currently taking pharmacology and fundamentals. For pharm class we had med checkoffs last week. We got a list of medications we'd be giving..and of course I looked up what each med was for and adverse effects. In the process of doing check offs..my nursing instructor pointed out (after I did my 2nd check-yes, I unbelievably did not catch this the first check and who knows if I would have caught it by the 3rd one!) that I put metaproterenol into my med cup instead of metoprolol!!! I was so focused on remembering the medications effects and patient teachings for each that I guess I didn't even bother to check spelling
. I felt completely ashamed and humiliated!! I got upset and had to excuse myself to take a breather. My instructor was really comforting and told me now is the time to make these mistakes while in sim lab...not on the floor when you're an actual working nurse However, My confidence is completely shaken. I don't feel as if I'd make a good nurse and most importantly would never want to harm a patient due to my dumb and careless mistake. Any tips or advice moving forward??