Pt family pocket narcotic - page 2

Pt (non verbal and cannot write) with chronic bilateral knee pain. Takes norco at home. When in the hospital, RN brought norco to pt's room but left with medication on the table top. Pt's son... Read More

  1. by   caliotter3
    Places I have worked would most likely fire a nurse that leaves a controlled med at the bedside.
  2. by   organichombre
    Absolutely. No other comment needed.
  3. by   OrganizedChaos
    Is this homework? Or did you leave your common sense at home? Why would you leave *any* medication at the bedside?! *Especially* a narcotic!!
  4. by   caliotter3
    While I came across a doctor's order for leaving meds at the bedside of an aware LTC resident, I can categorically state that he most likely would not have written such an order for a controlled med!!!
  5. by   AlabamaBelle
    Major mistake. Never, ever leave any med at the bedside. I always watch to make sure that the meds are taken. Write yourself up for this major breach in protocol.
  6. by   pikachu715
    Me too. I always stay in the room and witness a patient consume their medications.
  7. by   pikachu715
    This is not a homework question. This incident did not occur to me but to another nurse.