On March 17th, House Bill 783 and Senate Bill 662 will be introduced for Medication Administration/Unlicensed Personnel. This will be a 24 hour class so these people can pass meds under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Please write your house and senate members
If we don't act, this will pass and we will be responsible for them.
Mar 16, '05
Last edit by RN4NICU on Mar 16, '05
Mar 17, '05
Quote from ValerieB
Nursing homes use medicine aides all the time. Everyone should be held responsible for their own practice.
Aha were it only that easy. THE BON will STILL hold an RN liable for her assessment/overall wellbeing of her patients. So will litigants in a case of lawsuit.
Yes, sure, Med aides may "go down" for a drastic error, but not alone. I would prefer NEVER to be responsible for an unlicensed person passing meds----they just do not possess the appropriate knowledge of phamacology/pathophysiology or assessment skills for safe medication administration. And these things cannot be just be delegated away per BON mandates. It ought be illegal, if you ask me.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Mar 17, '05
Mar 17, '05
I guess it depends on where these unlicensed people are going to be passing meds and the wording of the law. For example in long term care some of the patients are there just because they became to much for family to care for. They were most likely getting meds at home by some who is not licensed. I have worked in several states and med aids passed meds all the time and as far as I know it never has been an issue. Its no different than one nurse being responsible for all pts being move in and out of bed by aids.
I also just looked at the BON's web site looks like acute care facilities are excluded. So the concern re doasage calculations probably isnt an issue. I know for example Iowa allows medaides the can only pass premeasured, unit dose drugs ie they dont give B12 injections, insulin and the like.
Personally having lived and worked in NC im more concerned that there is no formal continuing education requirement. Believe me when I tell you that I personally worked with nurses that exploited that to the max ie the only CE they got would be CPR and thats only because the hospital required it.
Last edit by rjflyn on Mar 17, '05