Currently, my facility has one page for each bubble pack. When we give a narcotic, we sign our name, date, time, the current number of tablets (patches, vials, etc.), the number we are taking, and the number remaining. At shift change we sign one for saying that we counted all of the controlled substances and that the count is correct. In the few months I have been there, there has not been a discrepancy. Policy states that if there is a discrepancy, we don't sign, notify the DON, and she investigates. In the six years that she has been the DON, she has always found a logical explanation for each discrepancy.
Our nurse consultant wants us to sign each individual page at every shift change to verify that the count is correct. We would also need to write in the date, time, and correct number of tablets or whatever. I tried it today and it took over 20 minutes. When they are concerned about overtime and the system we are currently using works, making a lot of changes doesn't seem to make sense.
How do you do it?