.. we had a nurse at the hospital where i work have a pt who had diluaded 1mg scheduled every 6 hours.. well instead of wasting the dose of diluaded , she put in her pocket and saved it for the next dose .. she was written up for it and was just told not to do it again.. she said our policy at the hospital stated that she didn't have to waste it with 2 nurses .. i always thought we did have to waste a narc with 2 nurses and never heard it was okay to stick it in your pocket and save it for the next dose.... she told the nurse coming on shift ..." it didn't make sense for her to waste it because she had to give it again"... she was in the army and she said this is what they do there... this is the weirdest thing i have ever heard... she wasn't fired either just made a level 2 ... i work in a large hospital chain in a big city... what is your policy regarding narc wastes? this happened at the end of shift and i didn't get a chance to check the policy .... has anyone ever heard of a hospital tolerating this??? i've been a nurse for 26 years and never heard of this happening and then getting a slap on the wrist .... thank you for listening to my vent......
Apr 23, '12
Where I've worked, we have saved narcs to use for the next dose, as long as it's the same nurse giving it. We label and date the vial and put it in the med cart in a lock box. We waste what's left at end of shift. We do always waste with 2 nurses. I know of some nurses who do keep it in their pocket if they are giving it frequently. Nobody I know has ever been written up for it. The narc isn't wasted every time because it's expensive. The facility trusts the nurses unless there is cause not to. It's nice to be trusted, but I think that is not the norm in this day and age.
Last edit by stargazer88 on Apr 23, '12
: Reason: spelling