"I'm curious - how did you handle this sort of thing on your old unit?"
Excellent point,..which is why I'm questioning my own, ..not usually so anal,... attitude!!!
I think on my old unit,..I'd known these people a long time,.even precepted most of the night shift,...that said,..I don't think anyone ever asked me to take meds from dayshift,..IMHO it covers your own butt as you really don't know what happens after you are gone,..and I guess I've always wondered how I can chart a med given that hadn't been removed from the accudose durring my shift?? I've decided that wasting the med at shift change is really the best way unless someone says hey can you give the rest of this now,.. and yes,.it is against policy to ever hold onto the meds for later,..I'm with the other posts though,..why pull out 4 10mg Morphine vials (all we have) to give 4 2mg doses in say 3 hours,.seems foolish to me, especially if your fairly certain the pt will need more!
Thanks for the input everyone,...I really am liking the ER,..this was a very good change for me!!!