As a newly licensed nurse on a pediatric unit that also cared for overflow Med-Surg patients, I took the fully oriented lady’s meds to her on schedule. She was eating dinner and asked if she could take them when she finished eating and I said yes. My mistake: I forgot – just forgot – to return to see if she actually took them……..and then I received a phone call at home at 2 AM. when the meds were discovered by the next nurse to care for the lady.
Thankfully, the patient suffered NO ill effects at all, and rightfully, I was written up for a medication error. Got some good counseling from my clinical manager, too…whew – I was SO glad the patient was okay!!!