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Interesting case of the spilled pills

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KCMnurse has 33 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a school nurse.

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Horrible directive, horrible judgement. Not much of a defense.

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Agreed with Jed. The BON was in the right. 'Just following orders' isn't an adequate defense when those orders are obviously unethical. 

It would have been a more interesting and ambiguous case if the pills had been temporarily irreplaceable rather than merely expensive, which would have made the choice between giving possibly contaminated medicine and not giving medicine at all. 

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klone has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Director of OB Services.

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Holy cow. That's just...wow.

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That is totally crazy. There is no way in H I would've been involved in retrieving those pills from the sharps container.

This is idiocy on every front - including the idea that you can't trust your expensive pills with your employees, so the best thing to do is have those same employees (or anyone, for that matter) manipulate the pills unnecessarily. <DUH>

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KCMnurse has 33 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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I was astounded at the idea of shaking the sharps container until the pills fell out. Something tells me this is not the first time they did something like this.

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What in the actual... If I were that inmate I would pursue legal action. That's just wrong. And disgusting too. 

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mimibrown has 4 years experience.

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Yikes, sounds like a pretty bad judgement call on everyone's part. Probably also a bad idea to count them just because they were expensive.

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Kallie3006 has 6 years experience as a ADN and works as a Jack of all trades, master of none.

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What in the Sam Hill is wrong with those people? Who wants to play chance with the sharps container? That's Russian Roulette Medical style

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Night__Owl has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Dialysis Nurse.

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I'm not fishing anything out of a sharps container unless a gun is held to my head. I'll get fired, I'll flip burgers instead of being a nurse, I don't care. 

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anurse4sure has 7 years experience as a LPN.

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If these pills were so expensive, like $1000/pill that they had to be kept locked up with the narcs and counted like narcs why didn't the pharmacy bubble pack them? If you have to dump the pills out to count  there is a risk of possibly losing pills? And there is no way that I'd ever try to retrieve anything from the sharps container let alone pills to give to a patient.

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Emergent has 25 years experience and works as a Emergency Room RN.

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Yes, totally poor judgment, but you know what gets my goat? Prisoners get expensive treatments for free, hard working, law abiding citizens can't afford treatments and medicines. Hard working mothers and fathers go into debt paying for astronomical copays and out of pocket expenses while the indolent segment of the population gets a free ride. 

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