Common Medications

  1. Hi, I am an ER nurse but recently took a position teaching a med/surg clinical rotation. One of my goals before clinicals start is to make sure the students are as prepared as possible with common medicaitons. I have quite a list started but as I do not typical work in a Med/Surg evironment, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for me.
    Thanks
    Lexie
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    Joined: May '09; Posts: 6
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    Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience in ER

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  3. by   classicdame
    Big task considering it could be virtually every med as there are many more MD's prescribing on the floors (vs. ED). I would be sure to impress on the student that your will ALWAYS encounter a med you do not remember or recognize. So, be sure to know how to access resources. And how to know if drugs are IV compatible. And what to know about IV fluids (hypertonic, hypotonic and isotonic especially).
  4. by   curlilockz
    I agree with the above... there's always going to be a new medicine that you don't know, and you need to know how to look it up... some of the drugs I give commonly are
    Lasix
    Colace
    Digoxin
    Flagyl
    Ambien
    Lopressor
    Lisinopril
    K-dur
    I could go on for a while, but I guess this all depends on the types of patients on the floor... It might help to ask one of the nurses on the floor or the nurse manager... In school we had to do standard drug cards for certain drugs, and it always seemed that the patients didn't take those drugs...
  5. by   JSizzle
    Lexie,
    I was wondering if you could send me the list of medications you had. I am currently enrolled in an ADN program and this semester I am in Med Surge on the Surgical floor. I have to make drug cards and think your list would help me be more prepared before clinicals.
    Thanks!
    Jessica
  6. by   eliselu2
    To that list of meds, you can add:
    Protonix
    Levothyroxine
    Vancomycin
    Rocephin
    Bactrim
    Levaquin
    Solumedrol
    Reglan
    Zofran
    narcotics - especially Dilaudid, Morphine and Fentanyl

    Hope that helps -
  7. by   JSizzle
    Thanks for the list. I appreciate it.
  8. by   missladyrn
    Quote from Lexie_RNBSN
    Hi, I am an ER nurse but recently took a position teaching a med/surg clinical rotation. One of my goals before clinicals start is to make sure the students are as prepared as possible with common medicaitons. I have quite a list started but as I do not typical work in a Med/Surg evironment, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for me.
    Thanks
    Lexie
    When I started on my floor as a new grad, I asked the pharmacy for a list of the most common used meds on my floor. They were nice enough to make me a list! I would recommend contacting them and see if they can make you one.

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