can anybody help me

  1. today was the first time i had to pass medications for clinicals...i was nervous plus the lvn i was assigned to be with was just leaving me by myself to do things...i almost mixed up oxycodone and oxycontin..i honestly don't know what the difference now my instructor has me write about its difference,how to crush medications,when to crush it and do i know which medications in the MAr needs to be crushed aside from giving me a list to 25 drugs to memorize in a week in between working and lecture days until our next clinical..can anybody help me please...
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  3. by   youknowho
    I am not exactly sure what you are asking. You need to get your drug book out and look the meds up. Good luck
  4. by   lovingtheunloved
    I make drug cards, rather than buy them. Writing it seems to help it stick. Bring them with you EVERYWHERE. When you're standing in line at Wal-Mart, whip out your drug cards. Look at the name, think of all the side effects, doses, contraindications, nursing implications, etc. Really helps me.

    And I totally hear you about the preceptor. I had one last semester that pulled all the meds I needed out of the pyxis, when I needed to wait for my instructor, and told me to leave them (including several narcotics) on the counter in the med room. So I felt like an ass carrying Percocet around in my pocket waiting for my instructor.
  5. by   kyros
    the thing is since i got mixed up with oxycodone and oxycontin i have to make a paper about what the diifference is and how do i know if the meds listed on the medication records of a patient needs to be crushed
  6. by   lovingtheunloved
    It isn't certain meds that you have to crush, more like certain meds you DON'T crush. You crush things for people who have trouble swallowing pills. The things you can't crush are enteric coated drugs, or controlled or extended release drugs.
  7. by   jjjoy
    You have an assignment. You should have the resources to do it (eg med book). Not sure what kind of help you are looking for. We can encourage you and let you know that your hard work will pay off. You made a mistake. It happens. Your instructor wants to make sure that you learn something from it. So go, learn, and move on!
  8. by   WDWpixieRN
    You were left alone to pass meds?!?! We absolutely, positively can not pass meds without our instructor or an RN in attendance. Basically it's because it's THEIR license on the line if we goof up....yowza...

    But I agree with the other posters....based on your post and your replies, it sounds like a good exercise for you....

    I wish you luck and hope you get the learning out of it that it sounds like you need....