Hi everyone! My first real post!!Might be long, but Id like to hear your opinions on it.I work on a large campus for children with behavioral issues.About 50 kids.We do have Medication techs that pass medications when the nurses arent there.Mostly psychotropics, mental health in comparison to physical ailments.Ive been in the medical field since I was 16. I have alot of experience under my belt and have been told by many people I am a great nurse,however I have a question which I know there is a lot of opposition.Here goes.. Like I said I work on a large campus.Kids are at the pool,garden,playground,gym,school,houses.therapy ,ect. I have found it is much safer,and more convenient to prepare the meds ,on my downtime,with no children in my face, calling out Nurse,!!Nurse!!Put them in coin envelopes,with their name on them,for the evening med pass when the kids are everywhere.I prepare the meds in a quiet room with no disturbances.Triple check at that time.I am extremely careful with meds.Almost obsessive with them.I do sign them off as I prepare them( I know youre not supposed to do that until you give them)Did I mention I am the ONLy nurse on duty all day ? I keep the prepared medicines with me until its time to give them. I also call out their names two or three times to ensure that child comes to get his meds. No one else is on the med cart until after they know the nurse is off duty and the med techs have to do the last med pass of the day.Opinion on this please??Also, the facility requires us to Prepare the 12 and 3 oclocks in med bxes for the week,and when a kid goes off campus, we need to pack them for the families.(Do you think this is legal)?Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated.I dont know anywhere else to inquire.Thanks so much!!
I dont do this all the time.