I am a new nurse and recently have come across an issue that maybe some of you could give me some good advice on. A couple of weeks ago I worked on a unit with another nurse. Now, this day I was late and I called in to let my supervisor know. (funny how things work out for a reason sometimes).
During the last week I went back to this unit I had worked on previously with the other nurse who I will refer to as
doesn't normally work on this unit either- we both float from time to time. Everything was ok until I went to give my end of shift report to the NOC nurse comming on duty. The NOC nurse said, "What is your name'" I stated my name. She then said, "Oh, you are the one that was here the night the vicodin was missing." (Oh, u can't imagine how I felt at this point. my heart just sank to the bottom of my stomach.) I asked the NOC nurse, "what are you talking about." The Noc nurse explained that the day nurse delegated to the pm nurse that there was a bottle of vicodin in the med room for a patient going out on pass. But the pm shift nurse who received report didn't tell the NOC nurse during report so they didn't count it. At this point the NOC nurse didn't know that there was a bottle of vicodin and then the next shift and the next shift. Apparently, the vicodin bottle ended up missing and it was never even logged onto the narc count. Eventually they found it on a shelf in the med room with 42 pills missing about 3 days later. This is all the info I received from the NOC nurse. I explained that I was late that day and didn't receive report, that
received report and I didn't know that there was a bottle of vicodin. The funny thing is that my supervisor hasn't even asked me about this. I didn't know about it till the other night when the NOC nurse told me. The other nurse-
is my friend who I actually went to nursing school with. I have noticed that she calls in sick alot and always looks tired. I don't feel comfortable working with her now and I haven't said anything to her about this. Perhaps, I should approach my superviser and let her know what I have heard and that I am not responsible. But I'm not responsible and have no reason to be defending myself about something I didn't do! I need some advice on how to handle this. Maybe I should just stay out of the whole mess.
I will be awaiting your replies. Hope to hear from you soon.
Nov 17, '07
I would tell your sup that you don't feel comfortable working around the nurse who always seems "tired". Also, besides that I would not bring anything up until you are asked about the actual incident of the missing narcotics. If you are innocent (which I assume you are) then you have nothing to worry about. If they were really worried about it they would have talked to you about it already and probably asked you for a whiz quiz. This is based on assumption only because to be honest I really have no experience in this kind of thing... so take it with a grain of salt. But that would be, in my mind, the logical thing to do. I have a feeling they already know who the culprit is but are going to set it up to catch them in the act so they have proof. Be observant and report any suspicious activity immediately... but like I said do not bring the topic of this particular incident up because I think it would only add to your suspect, if they suspect you at all.
PS and also another though, it seems as if there was a mistake on someone elses part as to why the pills were not recorded as missing and set aside for the pt. It's possible they much just sweep it under the rug to cover their butts, but then again that might be unlikely... at least in a perfect world.
Last edit by Alois Wolf on Nov 17, '07