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?
Mar 31, '13
I don't think there would be anything on the label that would indicate that. Is there any way you can make up a list or a "cheat sheet" that you could refer to? Do you have a med book?Don't let them rush you into signing for something without checking it over carefully.You are accepting responsibility for the delivery by signing for it. There is no reason you shouldn't allowed to do due diligence.
Mar 31, '13
If you get the bubble cards, there should be a large red N for narcs and C for other controls. However the courier should know. and present them separately from the rest. good luck