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Med Error Advice...

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by brockclan3 brockclan3, LVN (Member) Member Nurse

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You are reading page 4 of Med Error Advice.... If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

brockclan3 has <1 years experience as a LVN.

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Great advice!!! Thank you so much!

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AnnieOaklyRN is a BSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in ED, Pedi Vasc access, Paramedic serving 6 towns.

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Just wondering if the RN involved got reprimanded or had any consequences? I hope you make out ok!

Annie

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I'm really sorry you have to go through this...good luck!

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brockclan3 has <1 years experience as a LVN.

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The meeting with HR went VERY well! :yes: I will have an RN preceptor (she is my favorite to work with) for 4 weeks in doing all her med administration while I shadow her. My supervisor, HR director, and nurse educator told me over and over that they want to see me succeed. And I want to succeed so my patients and fellow nurses trust me. I honestly thought I would no longer have a job. I feel so relieved that I still have my job but more so in the fact I will also be getting the remediation that I need to keep from making mistakes in the future. The only issue we discussed (that was offered up to me) about the other nurse was not only was the bag not labeled but that it was only diffused in 250ml of NS when it should have been diffused in 500ml NS. I did not ask any questions as to any repercussions of the incident other than what I was responsible for. Thank you guys for all of your advice and support!! I really appreciate all of you!!!

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Excellent!!!

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The meeting with HR went VERY well!
That's wonderful news - very happy for you!

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bgxyrnf has 10 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Med-Tele; ED; ICU.

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The meeting with HR went VERY well! :yes: I will have an RN preceptor (she is my favorite to work with) for 4 weeks in doing all her med administration while I shadow her. My supervisor, HR director, and nurse educator told me over and over that they want to see me succeed. And I want to succeed so my patients and fellow nurses trust me. I honestly thought I would no longer have a job. I feel so relieved that I still have my job but more so in the fact I will also be getting the remediation that I need to keep from making mistakes in the future. The only issue we discussed (that was offered up to me) about the other nurse was not only was the bag not labeled but that it was only diffused in 250ml of NS when it should have been diffused in 500ml NS. I did not ask any questions as to any repercussions of the incident other than what I was responsible for. Thank you guys for all of your advice and support!! I really appreciate all of you!!!

I'm very pleased that your organization has chosen to have a culture of safety - whether they realize that or not. In such a culture, errors are viewed as opportunities to be better and better, not as something to be hidden and punished which is so often the case. I've always been of the mindset that a nurse who's actually made a med error is later a safer nurse in practice than one who hasn't only because it's now a reality to them rather than still a hypothetical. Perhaps I say this as one who has made a serious med error but if we accept that experience makes us better then even bad experiences still help us -- if we're willing to learn and grow rather than blame and defend.

I'm really happy for you.

Just as a point of clarification: The medication is not "diffused" in the solution, it's reconstituted.

Again, learn from this... take the opportunity for growth... and be great!

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Cricket183 has 16 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Oncology (OCN).

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I'm very pleased that your organization has chosen to have a culture of safety - whether they realize that or not. In such a culture, errors are viewed as opportunities to be better and better, not as something to be hidden and punished which is so often the case. I've always been of the mindset that a nurse who's actually made a med error is later a safer nurse in practice than one who hasn't only because it's now a reality to them rather than still a hypothetical. Perhaps I say this as one who has made a serious med error but if we accept that experience makes us better then even bad experiences still help us -- if we're willing to learn and grow rather than blame and defend.

I'm really happy for you.

Again, learn from this... take the opportunity for growth... and be great!

THIS!!!! A million times...this!

As someone who has also made a serious medication error (with chemo no less, along with a group of about 10 other colleagues) mistakes can be an opportunity to make you a better nurse and to correct problems within the system that led to the error in the first place. It all depends on how you and your organization treat the situation.

Best of luck to you, brockclan3!

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Glycerine82 has 3 years experience as a ASN, LPN and specializes in SNF/Rehab/Geri.

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A good rule of thumb is that if you didn't prep it and hang it, you don't give it. Ever. Next time, just unhook it, flush it if needed and let the RN know there is a bag of fluids hanging.

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You're sort of a little late coming to the thread but it is very enlightening...you may want to go back and read through top to the conclusion....i won't hint at it so I don't ruin it for you...

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BeenThere2012 is a ASN, RN and specializes in PICU, Pediatrics, Trauma.

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There are ALWAYS more than one cause for mistakes. You already stated yours and You are correct that the fact that the bag wasn't labeled and no pump contributed. This is why we have the safety measures of checking, checking, and checking....Also, once again, rushing and feeling pressured also contributed. What I learned, is that when it comes to Meds, and this includes fluids, you should never rush or skip safety check steps. That's all we can do under the short staffing situations.

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