Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
Does anyone else find this terrifying???
I mean, I see that she allegedly gave the wrong meds and did not tell the paramedics herwself, but MANSLAUGHTER? For a med error?
It is scary to me also but there charge has been made clear that the charge is because of failing yo report it untill hours later resulting in the death. One thing I feel would help to prevent this situation for DON's and other nurse managers would be to stress to your nurses that reporting a med error and any documentation of it and possible performance counseling related to them is not for punishment purposes but rather to assess what caused the error such as some aspect of the administration system, etc... that reporting and the process helps to fix and prevent future variences/med errors. As a LPN of 15 years and recently a RN and Unit Director in a LTC facility not so far from this home that also worked there years ago I understand that there is fear and intimidation for the nurse that has made an error because you are aware that the past was all about write ups and maybe even termination( still may be in some places) instead of looking at the whole system instead of scape goating a hard working individual. A past assistand DON made sure we knew that reporting was a necessity that would be handled in a non punitive manner " I promise you we will not punish you for a mistake by reporting the error because you are helping us to stop them from happening" I never knew that years later she was right and that failing to report it is not only unethical but it risks your freedom, future, reputation, and everything you have educated yourself and worked for. It also saves lives!