scheduled meds

  1. At the end of the year we turn in all medications that haven't been picked up to our boss.

    Every year I count the Ritalin/Ritalin-like products/the odd pain reliever with codeine/Fiorcet (this year), and write that up and have the receiving staff person sign.

    I got eye-rolled by my boss last year. Boss apparently does not care if this is done or not. Not that I stake my nursing practice on someone else, but curious how you handle end of the year RX medications that would usually be locked away safely in a Pyxis if we were in the hospital.
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  3. by   jlrm50
    I am also a stickler for documentation. The meds always stay with me and if they are not retrieved by the parent, my responsibility is to dispose of them. I document it all!!!
  4. by   LikeTheDeadSea
    Witnessed disposal if not picked up by parent. Document. They get plenty of notices via email and paper that I'm gonna chuck it.
  5. by   MrNurse(x2)
    It's my wife and I, witness is really not watertight for either of us. We take it to the police department for disposal. I have them sign a form showing amount received.
  6. by   AdobeRN
    I document/count when meds are dropped off, picked up and if I throw out at end of the year.

    Parents are notified via email and a paper note of medication pickup the last week of school. On the last day I will give parents a courtesy call reminder for inhalers, Epipens and/or RX medications. Any meds left after 3pm on the last day are disposed of. Parents are pretty good about picking up the high dollar meds - I almost always have 2 grocery sacks of OTC stuff - some of it never even opened - that gets thrown out.
  7. by   Flare
    i document what i get in, have them sign when (IF) they pick it up. I usually have a robust collection of unclaimed meds. I drop them off at the police station for disposal about once a year. I think i'll start having them sign a form too. I like the CYA in that.
  8. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Quote from Flare
    i document what i get in, have them sign when (IF) they pick it up. I usually have a robust collection of unclaimed meds. I drop them off at the police station for disposal about once a year. I think i'll start having them sign a form too. I like the CYA in that.
    I do this as well. Before I take them to the police department, I have my boss sign off that I'm taking them (boss was like whatever about it). I could consider having the police station sign off as well, not a bad idea!

    I don't usually end up with too many - I will also package remaining meds for summer school and often this is what happens.
  9. by   ruby_jane
    Quote from Flare
    I think i'll start having them sign a form too. I like the CYA in that.
  10. by   nmr79
    I"m with you. For any controlled substance, it's always good to have a witness!
  11. by   Eleven011
    I send meds home with most kids on the last day of school. My medication permission form has a spot to check if parents want to pick up kids meds or have me send them home with kids. 99% sign to send them with kids. The only meds I have left, are meds that have been dc'd before the end of the year, and never picked up, or kids that are gone the last day of school. For these I will call parent and tell them to come get them. Any leftovers are destroyed by me and documented as such.

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