Medication Administration Policy

In order in ensure safe and accurate patient care during clinical rotations that involve medication administration, the student nurse is required to adhere to the following guidelines in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures and regulations and clinical faculty/nurse expert discretion.

  1. Students MUST:
    • Complete a medication exam with a passing score of 100% prior to medication administration on the unit specific to the assigned clinical rotation within the first two weeks of the semester (Three exam attempt limit).
    • Seek remediation through the clinical faculty and the Casual Learning Area following each unsuccessful attempt.
    • Administer medications with the direct supervision of the clinical faculty or assigned nurse expert.
  2. Beginning in NUR 4716L the student may irrigate IV lines with saline flushes only with direct supervision of clinical faculty and/or nurse expert.
  3. Students MAY NOT administer
    • Blood products
    • IV push medication boluses (including a central line)
    • IV narcotics medications under any circumstance
    • Drugs during a "Code"
    • Flush a central line (i.e., porta-cath or PICC line)

Procedure

  1. Identify key information regarding the medication to be administered:
    • Mechanism of action
    • Major side effects and incompatibilities
    • Rationale for medication use
    • Correct medication dosage/IV rate calculation completed
    • Available assessment considerations (i.e. BP, HR, drug levels, blood sugar)
    • Selection of proper needle/syringe size, site (for IM/SQ administration), and volume capacity for site chosen
    • Saline flush guidelines
  2. Identify any patient allergies prior to medication administration.
  3. Identify the eight rights of medication administration as follows:
    • Right patient
    • Right medication
    • Right dose
    • Right route
    • Right time/frequency
    • Right patient education
    • Right documentation
    • Right to refuse
  4. Maintain standards of patient safety including proper hand washing and clean or sterile techniques, and disposal of sharps as appropriate during the entire medication administration process.
  5. Use two patient identifiers prior to medication administration to ensure safety. According to JCAHO, acceptable identifiers include:
    • The individual’s name
    • An assigned identification number
    • Telephone number
    • Date of birth
    • Social Security number
    • Address
    • Photograph
  6. Document in the patient’s medication administration record providing correct medication, dose, and administration time according to the institutional procedures along with licensed personnel’s signature/initial.

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    I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES. I RECOGNIZE THAT FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE GUIDELINES MAY RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL FROM THE CHRISTINE E. LYNN COLLEGE OF NURSING.

    Student signature:

    Date: