I have just finished my 5th qtr of ADN and we caught wind of a 6th qtr ADN student who was going through her preceptorship and made the near fatal mistake.
She gave the wrong pt the wrong meds, multiple meds at that. The pt almost died and is still in ICU. She was kicked out of the entire program, and it is believed that she will not be able to obtain a licenses ever (not sure the license part is true). I don't know what happened, why she didn't check the 5 rights, or what her excuse was. At this point I don't think it matters what her excuse was.
I felt very sick to my stomach when I heard this. Many things ran through my head; how does she feel after going through all this hard work only to majorly screw it up, OMG what about the pt and their family, how could something like this happen, where was the nurse who was precepting her?
I just want to take this time to remind everyone that the nursing field is not a place to ever feel too comfortable and start to slack!!!
Jun 19, '09
The 6 rights are important, but mistakes can still happen.
It's also imperative to look up each medication that you aren't familiar with, to check correct dosing, compatibility, adverse reactions, indications, etc, etc.
Last edit by RainDreamer on Jun 20, '09