Quote from Niya
Lots of nurses on the floor do it at my hospital, we just cant do narcotics. Like if the doctor discharges on pepcid or something like that and it is a new prescription, we send them home with a script written by us with the dr name and our name. this is in our scope of practice, heck even medical assistants do it at the md office, so if they can do it I know we can.
Please check with IDPR regarding this practice, as I am almost certain that it is NOT within the scope of an RN's practice in the State of IL. This is not the equivalent of taking a phone or verbal order from a doctor in the hospital setting and writing a med order in the chart to be sent to the in-house pharmacy, which is legal.
I can't imagine a reliable pharmacy accepting such a script and dispensing medication based on it. If they actually take it from the patient, they must be calling the doctor's office to verify prior to filling it.
As for the argument that it must be OK since medical assistants do it...that is no justification for you to do it, as it is comparing apples and oranges. Medical assistants practice as an "extention" of the physician, under the physician's license, and under the direct supervision of the physician in the same office. You are an independently licensed professional, and must follow the scope of practice of your own profession. You are not a "physician extender", do not practice under the physician's license or under the direct supervision of the physician, nor are you physically present in the same work setting.
Continuing this practice could very well place your license in jeopardy.