When a patient is made npo for a procedure, the resident's never address the medications. So nurses will tell the LPN give this, hold that, etc. Is this "nursing judgement" to decide what meds to give and hold? I think if the resident makes someone npo, they need to place an order "npo-meds with sips". I had one nurse tell me that for CT's with contrast, abdominal echos, they will give meds. If they are scheduled for surgery they hold their meds, saying they are strict npo. I always thought the definition of npo was pretty black and white
I guess what I'm asking is; is it in a nurse's scope of practice to decide what meds to give to a patient who is npo?
One more question for anyone that has worked at both a teaching and a nonteaching hospital. How would you compare the workload/stress of working at each. Being a new grad, having 9 patients, and working with resident's is so stressful for me. It takes up a lot of time to page them, question an order, have them tell you to go through with the order, page the resident's supervisor, you get the picture. I know MD's write questionable orders too, but not every order! (ok maybe not every order, but it sure seems like it!).
Any advice would be appreciated!