Quote from borntobanurse3
Well I did my first med pass yesterday. I was so nervous! my teacher guided me through everything and then expected me to do it my self with out missing any. I was having trouble at first understanding were the times were and what to look for. It took me about two hours but I finally was giving the meds correctly.I felt super rushed. My teacher was rushing me so I did not get a chance to look at the picture of the client. So I went in the room to ask what her name was. My teacher spoke to me telling me that I am not safe but I was not going to give the med anyway.I just feel like I did such a horrible job yesterday and I did not know if anyone has similar experiences or any advise for my next med pass.
any advise would be appriciated
First, I congratulate your humility. You will be an excellent nurse!
Second, take this as a learning experience. I have no idea what semester you are in, but our programs are learning processes. Since it was your first med pass, don't feel too alarmed. What helped me often was going through the scenario in my head before entering the room. I would visualize exactly how I "planned" to do my med pass, from introduction all the way to providing the patient with gauze to promote clotting of the puncture.
Personal experience on my first med pass: I did follow my five rights, but I came unprepared. I left my MAR at the nurses station and failed to tell my client what I was going to give him and the common side effects he/she may or may not experience. To top that off, there were four family members present, so I was under an added amount of pressure to then communicate with family. To make matters worse, the client's sister was a nurse, and she was quick to hound me. "You did not do this, you did not do that - you know, I just made a med error a week ago because I did not have my MAR with me. Why are you doing this if you don't know what you are giving?"
The sister was correct, and from that point on, I always went in a room prepared. Playing the "scene" in my head also helped, too, because at least I could appear somewhat competent! :-)
You will do fine. Practice, practice, practice!