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    Lisa Pisa
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    I’m so upset. I mad a medication error after helping the CMA out after our computers crashed for two hours.

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    Sooner or later it happens to everyone. It is a good thing you are upset … you will learn and not do it again. I HATE those nurses that don’t feel bad about making a medication error because no bad result came from it … the fact is, an error was made, you learned from the experience, and you will be a better nurse because of the fact. Don’t have to kill yourself over it, but take it as a serious issue and move on.

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    I take med errors very seriously. We have a scan system scan the pt scan the med and it helps catch stuff that might otherwise be caught. When computers go down we have to be extra careful with the three checks and five rights to make sure everything is correct. What I hate most is having to be responsible when doc or pharmacy screw up. It seems the nurses have all the responsibility and none of the respect at times. Had a dr verbally order a pain pump the other night with 1 mg dilaudid q 8 minutes no lockout! We called him back to clarify that’s what he REALLY wanted because that would have meant up to 7 mg of dilaudid per hour. He at first said yes! That’s what I ordered then when it was explained he said oh no I want 0.4 q 8 minutes! And thanked us for bringing this to his attention. The charge nurse advised not calling him back and “upsetting him” , she actually said “we will just have to watch her closely and it’s a stupid order but hey it’s what he wants, if something happens its on him!” No, it would have been on us in fact. So we called and got it fixed. Issue prevented. We do a lot of preventing in our jobs, sometimes I feel like its our most important part of our jobs, to keep the docs from killing the patients lol

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    I agree! The bad thing – is that I know the patient’s family. I’ve been put on suspension until I talk to the INTERIM DON (whom is very good and objective). THE INTERIM DON said she wants to talk to me before I go back to work Tuesday. Yes- we take all the blame as nurses. When the computers crashed, I had to send a patient out to the ER. This medication aide was having a fit about a printed out MAR (yes I agree with her). She actually pitched a fit that “I won’t stay after 10pm to pass out all these medicines and at that point I told her calm down since we were ALL affected.
    There was some confusion on the medications that she pulled and I took to the wrong patient. Long story. My intentions were good at heart. I’ve been praying for this patient. She ended up in the ER the next day because her blood pressure was elevated because the Charge Nurse on that hall held her routine meds (b/p,ect) and she started vomiting. Found out that she had a high impaction and was drowsy. Please pray. Thank you for responding.

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