Situation about PRN lorazepam - page 2

While orienting on nights, a traveller shouted to me as I was entering the med room, "Get me 2 mg Ativan quick!" I was startled, but asked, "Who's the patient?" She told me, and I went in and got it... Read More

  1. by   LEN-RN
    Your responsible for anything you sign out. So you give it What would happen if an hour later this patient really did need it? and the traveler was gone? But it said you gave it? You would get into alot of trouble.
  2. by   nminodob
    Thanks to all for the feedback!
    Looking back, there were several things I could have done rather than just "follow orders" and pull the med and just drop it in the traveler's lap. I didn't do any of those things, but I will next time!
    BTW - I found out later that the other nurses that pulled meds for her only gave 1 mg ativan because early in the shift that was all that had been ordered. When I pulled the med the order was for 2 mg - so I guess the nurse got the doctor to up the dosage for her pt., supposedly because of increasing agitation. Which made me feel a little better, because the MD was aware that the nurse was giving frequent PRNs.
  3. by   LEN-RN
    Quote from nminodob
    Thanks to all for the feedback!
    Looking back, there were several things I could have done rather than just "follow orders" and pull the med and just drop it in the traveler's lap. I didn't do any of those things, but I will next time!
    BTW - I found out later that the other nurses that pulled meds for her only gave 1 mg ativan because early in the shift that was all that had been ordered. When I pulled the med the order was for 2 mg - so I guess the nurse got the doctor to up the dosage for her pt., supposedly because of increasing agitation. Which made me feel a little better, because the MD was aware that the nurse was giving frequent PRNs.
    This is how we learn, and next time your antenna will go up.lol I know...been there..done that!!
    Last edit by LEN-RN on Jun 14, '09 : Reason: add

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