In the latest cost-cutting move, our hospital has now closed the pharmacy from 2100-0600. What they are doing is having the night nursing supervisor go into the pharmacy and pick up any new/emergent meds that are needed, and taking them to the floors. (The ER had to wait over 2 hrs on friday for diprivan for a hip reduction...)
question is: How do other hospitals work this? Are most open 24 hours (like we used to be)? I am also wondering if having the nursing supervisor get meds from pharmacy constitutes "dispensing meds" which would probably be out of the realm of her scope of nursing practice.... We are not a little podunk hospital...We have approx. 400 beds. Psych, chem dependancy, ortho, med-surg, telemetry, ER.
Any thoughts? (other than letting all management people go)