I recently finished school in December and passed the NCLEX in January, and began my first job as an RN about 3 weeks ago. Even though I am a new nurse, I have worked in healthcare in one way or another for almost 20 years, and I guess I always expect a certain level of professionalism from myself and from those I work with, although it doesn't always happen. Anyway, a few days ago something happened that I was very uncomfortable with as a newly licensed RN, but I don't now if this is something that happens in long term care.
I have been orienting on a sub-acute unit at a LTC facility. There are 2 NPs who come in 3 days a week, and my personal opinion is that neither one is really that great, compared to other NPs I know, but that's okay - there are good and not so good people in every job. The nurse I was training with the other day had to call one of the NPs to get some scripts for a patient who was going home. The NP, instead of calling them in herself, from her office (it was 2 in the afternoon), gave the nurse her DEA # and said she could "just call them in." The nurse training me asked if I wanted to do it, but I said no - I was very uncomfortable calling in prescriptions, as I am not able to prescribe. Then later I thought about what if I did call (or the other nurse), and I/we decided to order all kinds of scripts under this NPs name and go pick them up, since we had her prescriber #??!! My last job was as a unit secretary at a hospital, and I never once saw a nurse calling in a script like that - faxing them to a pharmacy, yes, but not this.
Is this a common practice in long-term care, or is this something people can really get in trouble for? Thinking about it still makes me uncomfortable and I don't think I would do it in the future if this situation arose again.