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Can anyone tell me how to do a pyxis inventory? I'm a fairly new nurse and don't know how to do an inventory of the pyxis. I was shown when I first started during my orientation phase and have never done it since then. I think I've been there long enough to know this but honestly, I'm ashamed to let my counterparts know that this simple task is something I don't have a handle on.

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RainMom has 7 years experience.

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It's really not a big deal. At my facility, inventory of the controlled meds in pyxis is done at the beginning of the week; night shift does it on the floors after midnight Monday morning & outpt units do it first thing Monday mornings when they arrive. Of course, a count is also done each time a controlled med is taken out to administer as well.

On the home screen, there should be an inventory icon, but you need to have somebody walk you thru it again & show you. There can be minor variations between pyxis at different places. One RN logs in & a second RN will be prompted to log in before the count.

Maybe find out when inventory is routinely done to see if you can do it a few times. It may be done on a completely opposite shift from you & will not be something you ever do or really need to know.

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dream'n has 27 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in UR/PA, Hematology/Oncology, Med Surg, Psych.

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I've never heard of a nurse doing a Pyxis inventory. Pharmacy has always handled it where I've worked.

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RainMom has 7 years experience.

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I've never heard of a nurse doing a Pyxis inventory. Pharmacy has always handled it where I've worked.

Pharmacy also does their own inventory where I am.

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Pixie.RN has 12 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

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I have worked in places where we count narcs in the Pyxis at certain times (weekly, change of shift, etc.).

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Pharmacy staff is not immune to the issues surrounding narcotic-handling. Ideally, in recognition of this and for everyone's protection, nursing and pharmacy complete the inventories together, or at least alternate the responsibility for such.

OP, I would see no reason why you can't ask a trusted co-worker, "would you remind me how to do the inventory - I haven't had to do it regularly." Seriously not a big deal.

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HeySis has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PACU.

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We do narcotic inventory, but two people have to sign in and do it together... I just let the senior person take the lead for a while until I learned the station better.

Our works this way:

1. I sign in.

2. button on touch screen says inventory...click it

3. click controlled only

4. next persona has to sign in and viola your counting.

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Just ask your coworker and tell us what you just said. I've had senior coworkers who forget how to reset their passwords/fingerprints for our pyxis.

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