Calling in RX?

  1. So, at my clinic, I was made aware that before I started and after the old nurse left, a coworker used to call in prescriptions for the nurse practitioner. This coworker of mine has no medical background, and is essentially a secretary for the clinic. I was slightly horrified. I asked someone else why she would be given that particular duty, and they said that they all used to do it because you don't need a license or anything to call in prescriptions. But they're so glad I'm here now so I can do it!

    I was trying to find a legal requirement or something, but I couldn't find one. I saw a discussion here but it looked like it varied by state. So, fellow Nebraskans, now I'm wondering: what are the requirements of the person who calls in prescriptions for the prescriber?

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  3. by   schoolnurse09
    It has been awhile since your post, but thought I would comment..In the clinic where I worked as an RN, unlicensed people called themselves nurses and called in Rx. I did bring this to the attention of management, who did nothing for several years. Eventually the unlicensed people were told not to call themselves nurses, but still called in Rx. I was told that they worked under the MD's license so that was permitted. Technically, I believe this is considered a verbal order, so I would think that a licensed person would need to call in the Rx..but this office didn't work that way. But then, would the MD be liable if the unlicensed person made an error?
    Last edit by schoolnurse09 on Feb 17, '12 : Reason: Addition
  4. by   RN_Sarah
    It would be interesting what a pharmacist in NE would say regarding this??? I used to work in a physician's office as Medical Assistant-and the back office staff (MA's or LPN's) were the only ones that could call in the Rx's....