I'm a new nurse, just started my first job in LTc but graduated from nursing school
two years ago. Needless to say I'm quite overwhelmed and seem to have forgotten a lot since nursing school. One thing that concerns me most is how much pharmacology I've forgotten. I'm studying Meds I've given after my shifts to brush up, but when medications are delivered from pharmacy I need to recognize what I'm signing for right away. Because two nurses must sign for all narcotics and we are rarely both at the desk together to sign I'm afraid of not recognizing a narcotic and signing for it alone (for example I've received mixed answers on whether or not Tramadol is considered a narcotic). Is there anywhere on the label or anything at all that might give me a clue that the med is a narcotic if I don't recognize it by name?