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A medication error is an error made in any of the steps required, from reading the order to actually administering the medicine. That is why you check each vial or package three times during the process to make sure you are giving the right thing and catch and avoid any potential orders.

I would say that you questioning an order would count as catching, clarifying, and fixing a potential error, and that is a good thing. I think your co-workers who are giving you grief over it are the type of nurses who eat their own young. Sorry you have to work with people who are more interested in pointing out how poorly you are doing instead of teaching you how to become better.

You will always have nurses like this, but it doesn’t sound like you are going to get a good orientation at this particular job, and a good orientation/preceptorship is very important for a new nurse to have, so you might want to start looking somewhere else for employment. Either they are going to fire you or they will not be providing what you need to grow as a nurse, so move on when you can. Always keep an up to date resume on hand and don’t be afraid to send it out and practice your interview skills. Even if you are offered another job that isn’t what you want, you don’t have to accept it, but the interview practice is good, and it doesn’t look like you are going to find a worse environment for your first job.

Good luck.

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