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Multiple med errors

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newnursebigmistakes has 1 years experience .

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I'm a new LPN. I did not have an externship after school, and due to testing and delays in employment I did not have my first nursing job until 3 months after graduation. I received 8 days of orientation instead of the time I was promised at my interview. I was on my own for 3 weeks and then I made 3 medication errors in one week due to rushing around and not making sure I’m doing all 5 rights of administration. No one was harmed, but I quit my job after having a mental breakdown. I feel so inept and I don’t know what to do now. I’m thankful that my pt’s were okay. I’m so scared of the board because I have a feeling they’re going to take my license before I even got the chance to really be a nurse. I don’t know how I could have made such huge mistakes in such a short time. I don’t want to look for another nursing position because I’m terrified of making a similar mistake even though I know I would rather take 4 hours to pass medication than make another administration error. I was told I could not go past a certain time because that would also be a medication error. I’m so lost and defeated. I’ve never heard of someone making so many mistakes as a new nurse. Any advice would help, I am unbelievably lost at the moment. Nursing is all I’ve ever wanted to do and I feel like such a failure.

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ljo28 has 24 years experience as a BSN.

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Hello,

I am so sorry to hear this. While I don't know what errors you made, but be assured that not all errors are person related. Your inexperience could be a reason for the error, but there should have been policies in place to prevent the errors. You said that the patients were OK. I would advise you to look into what exactly happened and take actions not to repeat them again. Hope this helps.

 

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newnursebigmistakes has 1 years experience.

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1 hour ago, ljo28 said:

Hello,

I am so sorry to hear this. While I don't know what errors you made, but be assured that not all errors are person related. Your inexperience could be a reason for the error, but there should have been policies in place to prevent the errors. You said that the patients were OK. I would advise you to look into what exactly happened and take actions not to repeat them again. Hope this helps.

 

 

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subee has 48 years experience as a MSN, CRNA and specializes in CRNA, Finally retired.

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8 days of orientation for a new grad?????  Something is very wrong here.

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dream'n has 27 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in UR/PA, Hematology/Oncology, Med Surg, Psych.

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1 hour ago, subee said:

8 days of orientation for a new grad?????  Something is very wrong here.

Yes, but it's very common in LTC and SNF

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