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Name the 7 components of a medication order

○ Client's Full Name
○ Date and Time of Medication Order
○ Name of Medication
○ Route of Administration
○ Dosage of Drug
○ Frequency of Administration
○ Physician/Provider's Signature


What is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US?

Medication errors


What is medication reconciliation?

The process of checking home meds vs meds ordered in the hospital when admitted and when discharged


Who can write a medication order?

Who can write an order?
- MD, DO
- Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Midwife
- Physician Assistant
- Pharmacists & CRNAs
- Per state and facility policy


4 Types of Medication Orders

- Written Orders -- preferred
- Verbal Orders (VO) -- should only be done in critical situations (e.g., "push epi")
- Telephone Orders (TO)
- Protocols (set orders that a nurse can initiate if the conditions are right. ie a set protocol for nitroglycerin for chest pain, nurse is allowed to give w/out contacting provider)


What is a RBVO?

Read Back Verbal Order. The practice of repeating back an order that is given verbally in person or over the phone. It is done to ensure accuracy.


List the steps for RBVO

Step 1. Write down order first.
Step 2. Read back what you wrote.


What is a routine order?

Give order until discontinued
ex: Cephalexin 500mg PO every 6 hours X 7 days


What is a now order?

Patient not in emergency situation, but want to get meds to patient ~ 15 min; since of urgency


What is a stat order?

Administer med as soon as possible; emergent
ex. Morphine 4 mg IV stat


What is a one time order?

Give single dose and then discontinue; think: pre-op
ex: Atropine 0.3 mg subcutaneously on call to OR


What is a PRN order? What should this order always have on it?

PRN: as needed -- should always have interval and indication statement
ex. Morphine 2 to 4 mg IV q 4 hours prn pain


What happens after a provider orders a medication?

- Checked by pharmacy
- Checked by RN
- If paper system, may be transcribed by unlicensed person.


What does the RN check after a provider orders a medication?

- Allergies
- Appropriate med
- Appropriate dose
- Checking total order to make sure it is something the patient should be getting (refer back to chart -- things can get changed quickly)


What drug information do you need to know to give the medication safely?

Know the:

- Action of the drug -- mechanism of action/pharmacological classification
- Normal dose ranges and routes
- Any contraindications
- Drug interactions
- How to evaluate therapeutic effects
- Give w/ or w/o food,
- Patient teaching, etc.


What things do you need to review re: the physical assessment of the patient before giving medication?

- Are they alert? Oriented?
- Ability to swallow
(Should meds be crushed? Can the meds be crushed?)
- NPO or not
- Ability to follow instructions
- GI motility
(Post-operative period -- maybe GI function hasn't returned?
- Muscles mass (IM) -- choose needle size based on muscle mass
- Water at the bedside to take meds


What initial assessments may be needed before giving medications?

- B/P if giving a HTN medication
- Pulse if giving cardiac drugs like Digoxin
- Pain rating if giving pain med
- Temp if giving antipyretic


What is the most common general medication administration time rule?

Give up to 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after (dosage window)


Name 3 common medications that require checking drug levels?

Digoxin, Dilantin, Theophylline


You sometimes need to check electrolytes, name a medication in which you need to do this?

Lasix -- check K+ levels


What does the RN need to check before giving insulin or any oral hypoglycemic?

Blood glucose


Places to find meds! What is a mobile cart?

- Locked cassettes or drawers for each patient
- May have “floor stock” drawer


Places to find meds! What is often kept in an automated medication-dispensing systems (Pyxis)?



Can patients bring medications from home?

Yes but must have order and checked by pharmacist


If you only need to use a half vial of a medication that is a controlled substance, what do you do with the rest?

Waste it. Must be witnessed and documented by another nurse


How is inventory done with controlled substances?

Done by 2 nurses at set intervals.


Beginning of medication preparation, what is the the first step, after proper hand hygiene?

Assemble the medications in the medication room/mobile med cart.


In the beginning of medication preparation, after you have assembled the meds, what do you do?

Check for drug expiration date, check for the five rights against the MAR


What are the 3 checks of medications (triple check!!)

1) Against MAR before preparing medication (e.g., getting it from Pyxis)
2) Against MAR after preparing the medication
3) At the bedside


How many medications should you prepare at a time?