Patient asked me what an IV med was for..i didnt know - page 5

I am a new grad LVN and a IV med was scheduled for a patient. The patient asked me what is the IV med for and I did not know. She also asked why does she need to have this? and Do you know why she... Read More

  1. by   samadams8
    Quote from Ntheboat2
    I didn't realize so many nurses were perfect. I come across medicines all the time that I have to look up. Luckily, I have a computer at my side when administering meds and a button I can click to give me all the info. within seconds.

    Huh? Who said anything about perfect. This is one of the first things they teach you in nursing school--at least in any RN program I know. But why wouldn't this principle be taught to Practical Nursing giving medicines as well?????

    Geez going back to the day. . .I can remember our instructors. They signed you off on giving the med, and they drilled you about it, while you were drawing it up or procuring what you needed--some of them even wanted input on mode of action right then and there. After they felt good about you giving certain kinds of meds, and signed you off on them, they good instructors would come up to you and ask what you are giving, why are you giving it, all of the relevant stuff. You were a fool if you drew up the med before you looked it up, b/c there stood a good chance you'd get schooled.. .and rightfully so.

    Point many of us were making is that it's a lesson learned, and the OP seems like he's well on his way in terms of being on the ball with this.
  2. by   samadams8
    Quote from wooh
    True. But since OP was NOT giving it, I think he's covered on that front.

    Oh, my bad. You are totally right Wooh! LOL. I missed that, and the part about LPNs not being allowed to give IVs, b/c in some settings they are. . .


    Well then, to the OP, my humblest apologies. Also, I have been asked about medicines or treatments on patients that were not mine, and I didn't know anything about them--or maybe the plans had just changed. I've excused myself with the patient or family when they have asked me questions that I don't know, and either tell them I will discuss your inquiries with your nurse, or look at updates and changes on the team's plans of treatment. I mean you can't know what was not within your purview to know.

    But hey. It was a good opportunity to learn, know?
  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    Thanks for the varied advice given to our thread starter who has acknowledged the help.
    Thread closed.