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  • Aug 24 '17

    Quote from ~*Stargazer*~
    How much Ativan? How much Dilaudid? How much does the patient weigh? How well are their kidneys functioning? Are they elderly or frail? Are they opioid naive or have they been taking these medications regularly for a significant period of time? What health problems are they currently experiencing?

    There is no yes or no answer. Every situation is different.
    I agree. Each case will be different. Use nursing judgment and use resources like the pharmacist on duty.

  • May 15 '17

    I agree!! Med/Surg nursing is not for the weak. You have to be smart in just about every area of the human body. I wish that Med/Surg nurses were able to get lower patient/nurse ratios. I think it would decrease the burn-out. I happen to love Med/Surg nursing. I just get frustrated that I don't have more time with the patients. I think that administration could save money in other areas instead of cutting nurses. There would be less falls, less mistakes, less lawsuits, less turn-around (which means less money being devoted into training new nurses), and it would just be good for the hospitals overall. I don't know about you, but if they want to treat a hospital like a business, then the administrators should want customer service to be exceptional. You want your "customers" coming back to your hospital. They have other choices. It's impossible to give the best service when you are running an hour behind on things because you are being pulled in so many directions. For example, I had a C Diff patient the other day. The CNA and I had to change the linens and clean the patient 4 times in 2 hours. I WILL NOT let somebody sit in feces. Instances like this can put you behind schedule and then they ask you, "why were you late on your meds?" SMH!!!!