Stories Like Gwen's Are Impacting Health Workers
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You’re not a real RN until you have a med error. I hate that I even have to say it. We’re all human and it happens. It’s a gut check. What everybody in a safety / supervisor role should do is to not shame those who make them. Make adjustments for the patients safety, but so not shame them. Shaming RNs only creates a culture of fear and the likelihood of covering med errors up.
Thank you for sharing this. That takes courage.
As nurses, we all make mistakes, we just hope and pray and that it won’t be one that hurts a patient. I double check everything, but I triple check and cross check high risk medications. But you can never let down your guard, a couple weeks ago, a bad shift handoff caused me to double dose my patient on melatonin. I didn’t double check the previous administration because melatonin is so low risk – but it was still a med error!
Thank God for that patient compassion and understanding…. And even though it put her in a compromising situation… I felt like it needed to happen and she was the perfect example… And it resulted for this Nurse to take this experience and use it to teach future Nurses to avoid this situation…. God bless both of them.
Thank you so much for sharing I needed this tonight.
In simulation today I overlooked an order that said 40mg furosemide i thought it was 40ml of furosemide ivp thats why im here watching. I will never do this again, I am not dumb I was just overwhelmed. Never again!