Typical Medications Distributed

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    I have about 8 months experience as a LVN in an acute care setting. I've only dealt with forensic patients during nursing school who was there for hip surgery. I'm seriously thinking about submitting an application to the department of corrections. Do they hire LVNs with limited acute care experience as a nurse?

    What typical meds are passed to forensic patients? How are safe is it for nurses there? What is a typical day like in that type pf environment? Thank you all in advance.
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    You will want to be familiar with pysch meds different facilities have different formularies so it varies I give a lot of amitriptyline, clonidine, celexa and paxil. Those are probably our top 4. We also use typical and atypical anti-pyschotics. This is in addition to your HTN, diabetes, cardiac and the ever abundant abx. for bad teeth.

    I feel safe where I work.
    Honestly there is no typical day. We pass meds, do intakes, assist the docs, deal with emergent situations, asses,asses,asses. Advocate, teach, detox, dressings, all kinds of nursing. Someone on here said it was a cross between ER and nursing home that fits. All facilities differ in their hiring, but I think most use lvns.
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    Thank you for that useful information. I'm familiar with the medications mentioned. But the one about the bad teeth I'm unfamiliar with. What is that exactly?
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    Our top meds are: Trazodone, vistaril, thorazine, remeron, risperdal, seroquel, lisinopril, norvasc, vancomycin and motrin. We only have one LVN, but I think most facilities have more than that. Everyday is different. I feel safe but I think that really depends on your facility and your personality. I'm an RN that was hired right out of nursing school.
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    Thank you for that useful information. I'm familiar with the medications mentioned. But the one about the bad teeth I'm unfamiliar with. What is that exactly?




    ABX= antibiotics
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    Ok now I feel stupid that is one term WE WERE NOT TAUGHT....thank you all for your help I'm going soak up everything you all gave me.

    This question goes to the RN who was hired out of nursing school. You mentioned vancomycin as a med but I've mostly seen it as an IV med. I do know they have an oral solution for people with c-diff. Do Inmates have IV solutions? I see this as a red flag for an inmate to have that type of access and I'm assuming that everything is given either oral or as an injection.
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    Ok now I feel stupid that is one term WE WERE NOT TAUGHT....thank you all for your help I'm going soak up everything you all gave me.

    This question goes to the RN who was hired out of nursing school. You mentioned vancomycin as a med but I've mostly seen it as an IV med. I do know they have an oral solution for people with c-diff. Do Inmates have IV solutions? I see this as a red flag for an inmate to have that type of access and I'm assuming that everything is given either oral or as an injection.
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    Mary,
    inmates don't have access to anything sharp, pointy, hard...ect. Most meds that you'll come in contact will be oral. You're also required to keep count of all your sharps...and anything missing is to notified immediately.


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