Quote from eatmysoxRN
Nurses should know appropriate spelling
of drug names. I wouldn't want anyone administering anything to me if they couldn't spell the name. I wouldn't feel comfortable practicing in another country where I had trouble with the language.
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The OP forgot one
letter in the spelling of diazepam which could have just as easily been a typo as it could have been a spelling error. It is very possible to be a good nurse and not a good speller- I worked with many such nurses in the hospital. Not being able to spell the name of a med off the top of your head doesn't mean you wouldn't be able to safely administer it. The OP came here to ask a question- not to be attacked for her less than perfect spelling/grammar
in a language that appears to not be her native language.
A common chemotherapy that we administered when I worked inpatient was doxorubicin. It was often referred to by its nickname "doxy". I would bet a good portion of the nurses on my floor, if asked, would guess that the name of the drug is spelled "doxyrubicin". They would still be able to read the name correctly on the order, verify that the order matches the drug and administer it appropriately.
I take desmopressin regularly... wouldn't concern me in the least if someone thought it was spelled with only one s. I also used to take the following meds: zonisamide, gabapentin, topiramate... I could see many potential spelling errors with these meds and have never asked an inpatient nurse to spell the name of a med before administering it to me.
No one suggested that the OP is practicing in a country where she can't speak the language. Ktliz's opinion (and mine as well) is that the OP likely works as a nurse in a non-English speaking country and speaks English as a second language, so it therefore isn't perfect.