HUGE mistake - page 2

*Admins, do not put this on facebook* Full disclosure, I am lazy about counting meds. I count them when they come in, and since I'm the only one who passes meds I just assume that the count will... Read More

  1. by   AdobeRN
    Quote from girlcalledryan
    Woah! Yeah, any staff can access. The key to the clinic and all my cabinets is kept in an ulocked drawer at the front desk.

    Also, this all is happening after I had a nice fidget spinner and a real ansy labs fidget cube get stolen.
    Honestly I wouldn't worry too much then - if everyone has access there is an issue admin needs to address. How can you be the only one to blame?
  2. by   OyWithThePoodles
    Quote from AdobeRN
    Honestly I wouldn't worry too much then - if everyone has access there is an issue admin needs to address. How can you be the only one to blame?
    They will probably see it as she was supposed to be counting at every pass, which would've made it easier to narrow down who/when the error occurred. (I mean no disrespect OP)
  3. by   GdBSN
    Quote from MHDNURSE
    This will sound bad but interesting that 2 ritalin go missing only after a sub?! Do you know the sub? Are the meds locked up?
    This was my thought also. Only because a similar situation happened to me a couple of years ago. It had been a week and half since my last count, all my days were accounted for, and when I returned after a sub 2 pills were missing. Never figured out what happened, reported to my principal and lead nurse, created an incident report. Not sure any follow up was ever done. Provide your documentation and make a list of anyone who has a key to your office/medicine cabinet. You can't ensure security if multiple people have access to your office.
  4. by   Farawyn
    You do count?
  5. by   OldDude
    Quote from Farawyn
    You do count?
    I don't, do you?
  6. by   OhioBPH
    Quote from OyWithThePoodles
    They will probably see it as she was supposed to be counting at every pass, which would've made it easier to narrow down who/when the error occurred. (I mean no disrespect OP)
    None taken! I messed up by not following the policy.
  7. by   OhioBPH
    Also,

    I have been out of the clinic for vision screenings about 25 mins at a time for a few days.
  8. by   OyWithThePoodles
    It is rough, so many people have access to our rooms it would be near impossible to track down where a missing pill went. Mine is never locked (even after hours) thought I think it should be.

    I keep a key to the med cart on my person at all times and a spare is easily accessible to adults, or a tall kid for that matter.
  9. by   NutmeggeRN
    Sounds like a systems issue. I would meet with administration and brainstorm as to how things can be more secure. If they allow every one into your office, you are not totally in the doo. IF they recognize that it shouldn't be that way, they need to help devise a plan to limit access. Spare key locked up? I do that with mine. I lock my desk at night and the spare is in there. I take my keys home and always have them on me at school.
  10. by   Farawyn
    Quote from OldDude
    I don't, do you?
    Nah. Not since the hospital.
  11. by   Flare
    so i don't bother counting tylenol or other otc meds. i glance if the bottle's open and make sure it is what it's supposed to be. If it's a controlled med, i give it a count. But if it's not, again. I look at the pills and just ensure it's a bottle of all the same stuff. I had a run in with THAT parent that sent in a bottle of mixed GOD only knows and thought i wouldn't notice. ritalin are small and blue. Seriously -and you wonder why your kid has issues...
  12. by   scuba nurse
    I do not count OTC , that would be way too crazy!

    Our system (SNAP) keeps track of the med count, and counts it down after given, if you put the # in the system. I usually check to make sure I am on track with numbers but not everyday.
  13. by   cincyredsfan
    Long time stalker, 2nd time poster... )
    I had this happen to me as well. It's frustrating issue to have. I counted pills when they were dropped off and also at the beginning of each week. In the last week of school last year, I had 2 Ritalin missing. We changed the policy this year and now do daily counts. Within the first month of school I had 10 Ritalin missing (5 from 2 different students)! The drawers are locked after every med is given and the spare key is in the secretary's drawer. Long story short, it was a sub night custodian that had taken them. And yep, you guessed it, he was working last year as well!

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