Nursing Interventions involving Medications?

  1. Hi Everyone!
    This is my first forum on allnurses so i'm sorry in advance if this question is really confusing or something.

    Anyway, I'm a first year nursing student and I'm trying to complete a clinical worksheet. I have all of it done except for underneath my medications section. It asks for 4 nursing interventions on all of my drugs.

    Here's a list of my drugs if it's helpful:
    Ammonium Lactate
    Aspirin Chewable
    Calcium VitD
    Docusate Sodium
    Erythromycin Ophth
    Ipratropium bromide
    Levalbuterol Hcl

    If you could just explain to me how I write a nursing intervention for one of the medications that would be so great! I'm so confused on what I'm supposted to be doing and anything would be helpful!

    Thanks a bunch! :heartbeat
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  3. by   lpnflorida
    My Nursing drug reference book, gives nursing considerations for each drug it lists. I would suggest looking in any nurse drug handbook.
  4. by   rhondaa83
    Quote from lpnflorida
    My Nursing drug reference book, gives nursing considerations for each drug it lists. I would suggest looking in any nurse drug handbook.
    I really like the DAVIS drug guide.
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to nursing student assist forum
  6. by   Daytonite
    it will be very helpful for you to buy a nursing drug reference book because they include nursing interventions. there are a number of them on the market. i prefer the one published by mosby. there are websites where you can find some of this information for free. see the weblinks on this sticky thread in the student forums:
    docusate sodium (colace) - 4 nursing considerations (from 2007 mosby's nursing drug reference)
    • assess for cramping rectal bleeding, nausea or vomiting and discontinue this drug if any of these occur
    • capsules should be swallowed whole and not crushed or chewed
    • these capsules should be stored in a cool place
    • teach the patient that it can take several days before their stools begin to soften
    calcium vitd ( (
    • the effectiveness of azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), bisphosphonates (eg, alendronate), certain cephalosporins (eg, cefpodoxime), iron, mycophenolate, quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin), sodium polystyrene sulfonate, tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), or thyroid hormones may be decreased by calcium carbonate/vitamin d
    • also contains magnesium. if any new medication is prescribed the patient needs to check it with the doctor to make sure he checks it for calcium and magnesium content so the patient doesn't receive more calcium or magnesium than prescribed.
    • advise the patient that side effects include rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue and the medication needs to be stopped and these symptoms reported to the doctor
    • calcium needs to be stored away from light, high heat and moisture
  7. by   shrimpchips
    Nursing interventions for medications are what you need to know (as a nurse) before administering that medication. I would invest in a drug book - Davis' drug book is nice, and my school had us buy Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide and I like it. Make sure it's the most recent edition, too! is also a nice resource for looking up medications.