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- Jun 12 by turnforthenurseRNPhones generally have calculators built into them so that what I use if I need it. Our computers have them too. There are calculators everywhere!
Pharmacy generally has everything calculated for us but you still need to check. For pedi patients, we need to have 2 RNs to verify the dose, math and the amount you are drawing up for anyone <40kg.
If in doubt, I call pharmacy. I once had a 22 month old who had to get an IM shot of Rocephin...the provider ordered lidocaine to e mixed with it. I don't remember the dose, but I had to call pharmacy to know what concentration the med would be once mixed and figure out how much I needed to draw. Then of course I had another nurse verify with me.
Always check, double check and triple check.
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- Jun 12 by needshaldolPersonally, I would just take my calculator and do my job as best as I can. I don't ask permission for items like this. About 3 years ago we had to sign a paper that we were not to carry our own cell phones. Well guess what? Three years later, everyone is with their cell phone in their pocket. I see the manager walking around looking at hers.
- Aug 4 by LosseaThanks for sharing your experiences, everyone. I just had that question pop up when I was reading the Calculating Dosages in the Fundamentals book, and thought to myself, "Hmm, I might need a calculator...I wonder if nurses use it?"
I'm glad that it's OK to use them! I'm not a Nursing student yet, but learned this much from you guys to always double-check the medication.