missing narc - page 3

by fairyluv | 4,432 Views | 25 Comments

i work 3-11, during the change of shift narc count, the 11-7 nurse noticed a missing med on one of the cards. we get the blister cards and they are numbered starting with 30 and work down to 1, I gave the med, which is a routine... Read More


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    I think in situations like this is when our character and integrity comes into play. This has happened to me before, and anyone who knows me knows I don't divert narcs. Some of the nurses I followed were so shady, they'd get a look at way before me. Things like this happen for a reason. My guess is that fairlyluv, you will become super anal about the narc count...wherever you work.

    And I agree with SuzieVN, trust no one.
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    Don't hold your breath waiting for the DEA to come investigate ONE missing pill. We had 8 oxycodone go missing. I called the DEA and they never came.
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    OMG. Police? Please. This happened at my LTC too. My supervisor and another nurse just signed that it was wasted. Didn't even ask one question. It is not that big of a deal. But of course, missing pill does not happen everyday.
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    Quote from proud nurse
    I think in situations like this is when our character and integrity comes into play. This has happened to me before, and anyone who knows me knows I don't divert narcs. Some of the nurses I followed were so shady, they'd get a look at way before me. Things like this happen for a reason. My guess is that fairlyluv, you will become super anal about the narc count...wherever you work.

    And I agree with SuzieVN, trust no one.

    "A flight of the Alone, to the Alone." -Plotinus
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    It's easy to miscount meds like that in LTC. One time I found two pills in one pocket! I think it was Ativan. Notified my supervisor who had to notify the pharmacy - bet someone there got in trouble for that one! I think you did the right thing - covering it up will almost always make you look fishy, and it's hard to keep your story straight once you start lying.
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    Why in the name of god's green earth would the DEA or police care about a missing narcotic in a nursing home? Give me a break.
    That DON is nothing but a drama queen.

    If this isn't an ongoing issue, just write an incident report, give the nurse some re-education and let everyone move on with their lives. What a waste of time and energy and resources to drag this out.
    VANurse2010 and SuzieVN like this.


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