Quote from Jazziepants
We have just started these amazing little things called drug cards. Each 1 takes 30 min-1hr to complete. You take a drug list the trade names, the generic name, uses, actions, doses, adverse reactions, nursing considerations, and teaching. Have any of you done/started these? I think the will be very helpful once i get them done. Ugh.
We did drug cards also...with the same info as you are stating. Took me no longer than the time it took to write them..10 minutes (give or take) each.
We had to do them for each med the patient was on. Some of our patients were on 15+ different meds. We had to hand them in with our clinical paperwork (Care plan, labs etc) the day after we were first with our patient. If it took me an hour per med, I'd be spending 15+ hrs on just that not adding in all the hours it took to do the paperwork. There would be absolutely no way it could physicall be done in the time time frame alloted.
They do come in handy though. I put those cards in my pocket when I was on the floor with that patient. Nice easy quick reference. Be sure to do them, they really do help.
Now in my LPN to RN bridge we have to do the drugs but now, we only have to put generic & trade name, the reason YOUR patient is on that med, and the action of the med and its all listed on the 'med sheet list' not on index cards. Although now we have to do diagnosis cards with all the pts past and present medical history and surgeries. Need the definition of the condition, s/s of the condition, treatment for it, nursing implications/interventions, and 2 NANDA's for each condition. Now THOSE can take FOREVER to do. But again, its great for quick reference.