Oh, wow. We divert non-narcs at my facility.
None belonging to the residents but the facility? Yeah.
What do we give? Tylenol 325mg and 500mg. Ibuprofen 200 mg. Allegra 160 mg. Vit A and C. Ointments like theragesic, vaseline, Eucerin and A/D. Those clear eye drops, as well.
It'll usually be the pain meds. Sparingly. About 3-4 times a month, I'd say. An aide or housekeeping or dietary or office worker will come around with a headache, allergy flare-ups or feeling generally 'under the weather'. We medicate.
If a nurse has 'the crud', they'll just ask the med aide for some OTC (as we don't keep anything but PRN narcs on our carts).
It's been awhile but when the pollen and ragweed levels rise? I've popped an Allegra or two, myself.
Until I read the responses on this thread, I didn't actually consider it 'Fraud, Waste and Abuse' because it's seen as 'not a big deal' when anyone does it. When I worked the Med Aide cart as a GVN, I was instructed to give this or that coworker Tylenol and such by my nurse/preceptor. The charge saw. They do it, too! I suppose it's all 'fraud, waste abuse' when you look at it...but different specialties just have different liberties when it comes to these things? I'll raise the issue when I go back to work, though.
I'd never pull the pt's meds for personal use, though.