Question about signing MAR - page 2

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A nurse I work with (I'll call her Katie) told me that another nurse (I'll call her Jennifer) that works a different shift did not initial something in the MAR. Katie called Jennifer to find out if she had just forgotten to... Read More


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    I would not chart that another nurse gave a medication, because even if they say they did, you don't know that for sure. In the past when we had paper MAR/TARs, I would flag and leave the nurse a note on the page. Can't chart for another nurse with eMAR. With the system that my facility uses, if it was due on the previous shift, it will not even come up on your shift. So, unless the resident ask about the med, you would not even know that it has been missed. I worked in LTC, so, asking the confused resident was not an option. There have been cases where I have asked an alert person if they received a medication and they did not know. Many times patients don't even know what they are taking. Nursing is a stressfull career. It would help if nurses would stick together and help each, instead of back bitting.
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    Quote from zorabanks
    I would not chart that another nurse gave a medication, because even if they say they did, you don't know that for sure. In the past when we had paper MAR/TARs, I would flag and leave the nurse a note on the page. Can't chart for another nurse with eMAR. With the system that my facility uses, if it was due on the previous shift, it will not even come up on your shift. So, unless the resident ask about the med, you would not even know that it has been missed. I worked in LTC, so, asking the confused resident was not an option. There have been cases where I have asked an alert person if they received a medication and they did not know. Many times patients don't even know what they are taking. Nursing is a stressfull career. It would help if nurses would stick together and help each, instead of back bitting.
    You are not charting that you witnessed it was given when you chart that another Nurse reported that it was given, only that another Nurse reported it was given so it makes no difference how "sure" you are about if it was actually given or not.
    I've seen many eMars and have to see one where there was absolutely no way to chart something was given by someone else, even if it's a pain to to do it, you still need to make sure it gets charted one way or another to avoid potential harm to the patient. Flagging it so maybe it will get charted tomorrow doesn't count.
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    I would check with the other nurse and check with the computer to see if the med had been withdrawn and by whom. If she said she had given it I too would sign given by AT/per KT and comment on the chart.
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    We have an EMR. When signing off meds on the eMAR, there is a spot for "performed by." It defauts to whomever is signed on, however you can change it. You could put in "Smith, Jennifer" (or was it Katie?). I would do this and then also write a note about it "50 mg Metoprolol given by Jennifer Smith, RN per her report and the report of the pt." Needless to say, I would be unlikely to do this for a narc or insulin....


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