I work in assisted living- and in Arkansas CNA's are allowed to assist with meds- but we are actually doing the passing the meds- co workers are passing meds, ordering meds, it's real scary cause I know I don't have the experience or knowledge to pass out all these pills including the narcs.- This is so scary what if we make a mistake???
Apr 19, '09
I work in Vermont, where med techs can pass anything, including narcotics.
When you say they're ordering meds, are they ordering them from the pharmacy, or giving prescription drugs without a prescription?
Last edit by Not_A_Hat_Person on Apr 19, '09
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Apr 19, '09
Please, please OP do yourself a favor and refuse to pass the meds if they ask you too. You haven't had the training or experience yet to pass them and you would feel horrible if an accident happened due to a med you passed. What your facility is doing is very unsafe and probably illegal, there needs to be an RN or LPN on at all times and CNAs should not be passing meds. if they didn't at least have training as a med. tech. A good rule of thumb is that you shouldn't pass a med. or perform a treatment if you don't....
A. Know what your doing
B. Understand how it works
C. Recognize the potential complications
I know it sounds silly but I wouldn't even give an aspirin to a patient without first being fully aware of their health history and current status and having a drug profile for aspirin available to me. You don't want something like a med. error causing a life changing accident to tarnish or possibly end your career as a nurse before it even gets started.
Last edit by cjcsoon2bnp on Apr 19, '09