Who can witness a waste? - page 3

I just finished orientation classes at a new job. It's been going really good and I am pleased with how thorough and professional the educating trainers have been. Yesterday we went over medication... Read More

  1. by   WOLFE
    must be an rn or lpn to witness a waste
  2. by   mamason
    I agree with the previous posters. I always wasted with another RN/LPN. And I would not sign a waste unless I actully saw the drug being wasted.
  3. by   luvmy2angels
    At my facility narcs must be wasted by Rn to Rn, any other meds can be wasted by Rn to Lpn or Lpn to Lpn.
  4. by   nursekatie22
    As a student nurse extern this past semester (having finished my nursing classes in December) I could waste as long as the other person was an RN. At the hospital I'm at now as an RN, it has to be another RN.
  5. by   AgentOrange
    In my state, anyone can witness. Ideally it is another RN, but some wards only have 1 RN on at a time. It would be detrimental to pt care to wait until another RN or licensed person could come from another ward. It would be a security risk for the RN to just give the med and then have someone witness the wastage later. Clerks and other personnel are given a pyxis sign-on for the purpose of witnessing wastage. They have *no* other privilages in the pyxis, the system recgonizes their sign-on solely for the purpose of witnessing wastage.
  6. by   RNDreamer
    When a drug is "wasted" is it thrown in the garbage or poured down a sink? Or is it disposed of in a way that someone could not go digging in the garbage and retrieve the pills? TIA!

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