For many years the long term care industry has been trying to allow CNA's to pass medications in long term care facilities. Often these have been led through legislative efforts.
Now, they've created a website to back up their efforts.
I find it hilarious that they highlight Florence Nightengale, and use the idea of her being for delegation in an attempt to bolster the argument.
If we continue to outsource nursing care to non nurses-whether it be unlicensed assistive personnel, nursing assistants, etc, where is nursing knowlege and judgement needed. Where is our value as the RN?
The argument becomes that passing out medications is a task only, not a process that requires skill, knowledge, judgment and clinical decision making.
Oh yea and on a side note, the page "benefits- nurse", I really love the gender stereotyped language.
"In other words, performing all the roles for which she went to nursing school to begin with, such as assessing, collaborating, managing, supervising, role modeling, documenting, educating, and functioning as an agent of change. Let's look at a day in the life of a staff nurse freed from the task of passing routine oral medications:
Feb 18, '09
by SASSI 0608
as a cna that is my biggest fear about starting the courses to become a nurse. im soooooooo afraid of being in charge of medications......... i dont want to screw up on a pt's meds and something go totally wrong. is this a fear u eventually get over or does it stay in the back of ur mind at all times? just curious
ive worked in the same nursing home since i was just out of classes. i have stood and watched as the nurses gave the meds, put them together, and yet helped encourge those res. to take their meds i feel as long as u are properly trained and have the ability to do it it should be allowed.
Last edit by SASSI 0608 on Feb 18, '09
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