Letting CNA pass your meds, bad idea?

  1. I fill the cups and check for all interactions and whatnot, but anyone have any negative experiences or can think of any possible neg exp with this?

    Thanks
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  3. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Would you give an injection that some one else drew up....
  4. by   PANurseRN1
    Uh, yeah. Like it's totally illegal and you could lose your license, for starters. :uhoh21:
  5. by   Jolie
    Quote from walla189
    I fill the cups and check for all interactions and whatnot, but anyone have any negative experiences or can think of any possible neg exp with this?

    Thanks

    Yes, a VERY bad idea.

    Unless you work in a state which sanctions certified medication aides, you are delegating a NURSING function to unlicensed personnel, and then signing the MAR, which indicates that YOU have performed this function.

    Run this by your DON and BON. I'm sure you'll get a loud and clear answer.
  6. by   TazziRN
    Not just a bad idea, a highly illegal one.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    You can't be serious, right??

    Unless licensed to do so, CNA's should not be administering medications.

    Are you trying to lose your own license?
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from walla189
    I fill the cups and check for all interactions and whatnot, but anyone have any negative experiences or can think of any possible neg exp with this?

    Thanks
    Hmm, loss of my nursing license is just one (and enough of one) reason i can think of as to why this practice is a BAAAAAD idea.:uhoh21:
  9. by   txspadequeenRN
    Im sorry but I dont understand this. Your profile say's you are a student. Are you asking for future reference or have you seen this done and just getting opinions . Please tell me you joking and you dont participate in this kind of activity.
  10. by   walla189
    Wow great response, to save some face, I'm a student doing this for a essay so don't string me up just yet...
  11. by   Pepper The Cat
    Very, very bad idea! How do you know the CNA will give the pills to the right patient? Delegating this task is a big mistake in judgement.
  12. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from walla189
    Wow great response, to save some face, I'm a student doing this for a essay so don't string me up just yet...
    Then perhaps you should have said so from the beginning.
  13. by   TazziRN
    Would have been nice to know from the start this was a hypothetical question.
  14. by   walla189
    wow responses making me feel a wee bit incompent, just ta let ya know my thoughts I have decided to share my very rough draft, (just wrote between post) of my essay, tell me what ya think,



    The decision to delegate the task of passing meds to any unlicensed personal is in most cases an irresponsible action. The first and foremost problem is the liability issues of the patients' meds, as a nurse we are held accountable for any negative events from that medication regardless of our involvement. Examples of this are the obvious risk of theft whether it be the CTA directly or someone else that may have taken the meds off the patients table. Obvious harm could come to the person taking this medication whether it be a allergic reaction, complication due to health condition, or interaction with other drugs the individual may have also taken. There is also the patient to be considered, the meds taken by another may have been vital to the patients treatment causing severe repressions.




    The training a CTA receives is not at the level to make decisions to keep the medications safe. And as professionals we are given the responsibility to protect the patent and safeguard others from controlled substance, it is in fact our complete fault if another does harm with these substances.



    The patient may be curious about the side effects or maybe even the reason they are taking their prescribed drugs, the CTA's level of knowledge and experience with patients would not be able to at the very least answer these questions. Even more so the patient to health provider trust would be greatly dimished, patients correctly expect professional staff in professional situations, any less is..../

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