Hi! I'm hoping that you all can help me answer a question (or at least point me in the right direction since I'm finding very little on my own)
I work in a homeless shelter and one of our new responsibilities is to take the clients prescribed medication, get what they need to take out of the bottles and place it in a bag and then give then their bag when they request their medication.
As the daughter and wife of a nurse, I am really hesitant to go along with this, after all, I'm not a nurse or even a HHA or STNA. I'm truly afraid that I will make a mistake and injure a client. I'm also concerned that I might not be allowed to administer medication in this way under Ohio law.
The higher ups say it is ok because we have them sign a list of the meds that they take and are supposed to verify that the meds we give them are correct.
The only thing I could find in the Ohio Revised Code about unlicensed personnel administering medication referred to adult care facilities and MR/DD homes, there was nothing about homeless shelters.
Adult Care Facilities
Can anyone clarify the laws in Ohio for me or point me in the right direction of who to ask?
I'm afraid that if I refuse to give the clients their meds this way and can't back it up with a law that I'm going to lose my job