I just need some advice on this one, and it's making me NERVOUS. - page 3

I am a new grad LPN. I started my very first nursing job last week, and have been orentating since last Wednesday. On the wing that I will be working on, I have 1 resident in particular that asks for... Read More

  1. Visit  SleeepyRN profile page
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    Quote from catlvr
    OP, I wonder who turned you in or how the pt found out that they were not actually getting the Ativan...you've learned your lesson about honesty and careful documentation, but it sounds as if you have an unsavory character where you work. I absolutely despise this aspect of nursing.
    I immediately thought this too, about who turned you in. Did you tell someone you did this? This sounds like a good learning lesson. I HOPE you learned a few things from this. I'm also wondering, wasn't the controlled drug count off?
    Last edit by SleeepyRN on Mar 8, '13 : Reason: addition
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  2. Visit  beeker profile page
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    Why would you hold her Ativan? If the doc says she can have it q6 as needed, and he said he needs it, why not give it to her? Why are you withholding meds she is allowed? Because others have? Poor judgement on your part. Perhaps she will use the call light less if she gets her available meds.
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  3. Visit  Mommy&RN profile page
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    Quote from NurseDirtyBird
    So she's on the call-light all the time...did you ever think that maybe THAT was a sign of, oh, I don't know, ANXIETY??? She seems pretty ANXIOUS to get her Ativan, doesn't she? As a chronic anxiety sufferer, I take offense that anyone would think that because someone doesn't "look anxious," then she must really not need her medication. Do you know what I'm able to do with my medication? The stuff I need to get done during the day: cleaning, cooking, working, caring for my family and myself. Do you know what I do when I'm not on my medication? Lay on the couch in front of the TV, desperately trying to "relax" and calm myself down. Sounds backwards, I know, but you'd understand if you thought about it a little. You don't know what's going on in my head, and you have no idea what's going on in your resident's head.
    I hope you learned your lesson.
    This is what I wanted to say. If you saw me, you may not think I'm anxious on the inside. I've dealt with anxiety for so long, that I can appear calm, but you have no clue what's going on inside of my body.

    Also, if she has been on Ativan for awhile, she may experience withdrawal. Being on the call light all of the time could show her outward signs of anxiety.

    Not to mention lying to the patient is wrong. Would it not be easier to just give her her prescribed medication?
  4. Visit  SleeepyRN profile page
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    Quote from anotherone
    I would suggest no such thing to the dr . frankly this seems offensive to me. You have no idea how she is feeling . mayb e she is a benzo drug seeker or maybe she is very anxious and could bennifit from ativan as the prescribing provider thought. wow. some people can hide their anxiety, depression, delusions and hallucinations (to an extent) very well.
    I agree. Plus her constantly being on the call light can be one of her symptoms of anxiety. And if she is given her Ativan and still behaving this way at onset and peak. then she may have developed a tolerance and that dosage simply isn't working anymore. Either way, just like pain, anxiety is subjective and is what the patient says it is. I take xanax, and you could not differentiate my behavior from before or after I took it. I sure FEEL a hell of a lot better though.
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  5. Visit  SleeepyRN profile page
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    Quote from sherabear
    I am a new grad LPN. I started my very first nursing job last week, and have been orentating since last Wednesday. On the wing that I will be working on, I have 1 resident in particular that asks for PRN Ativan at least four times per day, and other nurses have openly admitted to not giving it to her but telling her that they have. This resident does not exhibit any overt signs of increased anxiety at all, and her behavior doesn't change whether she receives the medication or doesn't. The nurse I was orientating with did the same thing; she will tell her that all her pills are in her med cup and administer away. Like I said, there are no changes in behavior; she believes she got her ativan, so she doesn't ask for another one for 6 hours (she gets it every 6 hours PRN). I did the same thing last night, but suddenly I'm under investigation, despite the fact that it's been going on far longer than I've been there. I'm suspended without pay pending investigation, and I'm just wondering if anyone knows what typical outcomes are. My nurse manager just said that re-education would likely be the result, but that doesn't make me any less nervous!

    The more I think about this, the more concerned I get. You have expressed no remorse. You're initial post was asking how much trouble you'll be in. While it's a legitimate concern, you should spend some time thinking hard about all the comments left here to you.
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  6. Visit  Mks123 profile page
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    Wow Bad situation for sure

    1. Judgmental and dishonest nurses.
    2. Wrong decision on your part Always do the right thing . There us NO room for dishonesty in nursing!
    3. Sounds like you are working with some nurses with major personality problems and it probably starts at the top!
    4. Work hard be honest pray for good result
    Good Luck!
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  7. Visit  Vespertinas profile page
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    Quote from NurseDirtyBird
    As a chronic anxiety sufferer, I take offense that anyone would think that because someone doesn't "look anxious," then she must really not need her medication.
    That's what I wanted to say. Someone close to me takes ativan multiple times a day for anxiety. Others may not recognize the differences in how this person feels between doses but this person sure does.
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  8. Visit  not.done.yet profile page
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    Quote from squatmunkie_RN
    Wow that's kinda harsh punishment. I've told a pt that I'm giving pain medicine when in fact I was just pushing 5cc of NS. But that was because the MD didn't want to order iv pain medicine. It was a last resort and miraculously that solved her problem lol.
    This really disgusts me and makes me feel rather sick inside, both that it was done and that it is now talked about so casually.

    It is our position to be a patient advocate. Not judge trial and jury.

    OP, I hope you learned your lesson. The only sympathy I have is that you are a new nurse and need guidance. What your coworkers failed to provide we are giving you here. Don't ever ever ever do that again.
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  9. Visit  jrwest profile page
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    What was wrong with giving them the ativan?I'd rather have my pts sleeping !
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  10. Visit  kakamegamama profile page
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    Wow. Just wow......I'm thinking more and more that I don't ever want to leave a loved one alone in a hospital/longterm care facility/fill in the blank location...... I KNOW there are still good, safe practitioners of nursing care out there, but goodness.....
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  11. Visit  blackvans1234 profile page
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    Nurses shouldn't play god.
    If a patient is saying they would like ativan, they should be given ativan if it is ordered. Who am I to judge if they are having anxiety, depression, etc.

    With all the people in the world walking around with anxiety, suicidal thoughts, depression that nobody ever bats an eye to, how do you truly know what your resident is thinking / feeling?


    Learn from it and move on.
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  12. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from blackvans1234
    Nurses shouldn't play god.
    If a patient is saying they would like ativan, they should be given ativan if it is ordered. Who am I to judge if they are having anxiety, depression, etc.

    With all the people in the world walking around with anxiety, suicidal thoughts, depression that nobody ever bats an eye to, how do you truly know what your resident is thinking / feeling?

    Learn from it and move on.
    ^This!!!
  13. Visit  pedspnp profile page
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    The patient is on the call light constantly, that is enough to set off an alarm that this patient is suffering from severe anxiety. Did you have to go through a psych rotation, if you did you should know that anxiety manifests its self many ways. Just like pain it is what the patient says it is. Never with hold a medicine with out orders or parameters, basic nursing 101.
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