Quote from katiedid53
I do not mind med techs, but I am surprised that in a LTC facility that they are aloud to give narcs. This has always been only allowed by the nurse so that she can assess the pain and the effectivenes of the pain management.
Hey ladies! I have to say even being a new nurse who is obsessed with double and triple checking every treatment I do (nerves?!lol), I thank THE LORD that we have med techs, honestly. At first, I was like WTH! :***: They are passing BP meds like beta blockers?!?! (but think, it's a skilled facility, they have been taking this beta blocker for years it's not really a "new" med, I'm sure if they had a reaction, someone would know by now) I mean, my grandma who is 75 ensures her husband gets his meds every night, and she isn't a nurse or need a nursing judgement to give his routine meds he is taking for years.
I am on my own finally and usually have 35 patients.... and ya know, that med tech saved me! My declining patients, or more severe patients received sooo much more of my time!!
The med techs I work with are VERY knowledgeable and have been doing it for years.
However, at my facility, they only pass routine meds and controlled meds (no prn such as benzo's etc), no narcs, and we do our own insulin. I like that, the three main ways a medicine would need a nurses judgement I get to use, but the endless amts of vitamins our routine synthroid, iron ,etc...let them do it! They KNOW to ask me if for ANY reason they hold something.
No matter if it is you or the med tech, keeping an open communication is the key! Teamwork!!