A Good Nurse
What is a good nurse? A good nurse has many roles to fill; physician?s team mate, patient advocates, and educators are just a few titles a nurse carries. Many medical facilities depend on nurses to be the connection between the patient?s provider and the information that needs to be relayed, as well as making sure this information is understood. Nurses distribute medicines as ordered, ensure that they are given properly, and follow up with the patients. Nurses are there to help providers carry out medical needs for the patient. Providers rely on someone to be there to assist them in communicating and understanding the patient?s wishes. Good communication is important between the nurse and the patient to ensure adequate care is provided. A good nurse will assist in fulfilling these topics and many more.
Good nurses always remember the patient?s six rights. The six rights include: right patients, right drug, right route, right dose, right time, and right to appropriate medication process, following these rights can decrease medication errors. Making sure you are giving a medication to the right patient is very crucial to the patients? safety. Asking a patient to state their name and comparing the patients identification bracelet to the MAR, Medication Administration Record, is the number one way to eliminate giving a medication to the wrong patient. ?Look for the name, age, identification number and allergies. If the patient is a pediatric patient then the parent or the legal guardian should identify the patient,? (Lilley, Harrington, and Snyder 12), so the medication can be given. To ensure that the right drug is given, the nurse needs to match the MAR to the label on the medicine. ?This drug needs to be checked three times before giving to the patient to ensure that no mistakes are made,? (Lilley, Harrington, and Snyder 10). While checking the medication, the nurse needs to be aware of the indication of the drug as well as the side effects. The nurse needs to be aware of the right route. ?A medication order should always include the route of administration, and if it does not, then the physician needs to be notified immediately and asked. A nurse should never guess the route of administration,? (Lilley, Harrington, and Snyder 12). Being aware of the correct dose is also important to the patient?s safety. Doctor?s illegible writing and a busy atmosphere may lead to incorrect dosage; this is where a nurse needs to be able to identify mistakes and see that they are corrected as soon as possible. The scheduling of medication is important due to pharmacokinetics. Morning, after breakfast, with meals, and hour of sleep and just a few times of the day when a patient should received their medicine. ?This is because of the many ways a body absorbs, distributes, metabolizes, and eliminates the drug,? (Principles). The nurse needs to be aware of medical problems such as, liver or kidney failure in the patient to avoid toxicity. If timing becomes a problem, the nurse should notify the physician and inquire about a different drug or different administration time, so the medicine can be effective. The sixth right is a broad topic that ensure the patients, nurses, and all medical staff involved in the patients care, are safe. The right to refusal of medication, right to documentation, and the right to education are some of the many things covered in the medication process. ?The nurse has to be aware of all facets of medication administration process, check the actions of all health care providers, never assume that all is correct and appropriate, and be responsible for his or her own actions,? (Lilley, Harrington, and Snyder 12).
Medications are given to treat and prevent illnesses. Administering medication is a serious job and that is required to be done without mistakes. A good nurse is always aware of the six rights and needs to be ready for immediate action if these six rights are not followed. Maintaining a therapeutic response is the main goal of drug therapy. Nurses must make sure patients, at home or in the hospital, are taking their medicines as directed, to maintain their desire effect. Patients who are having side effects or other problems preventing them from taking the medicine, for example, insurance does not cover medicine, the nurse should be notified, so the message can be given to the doctor.
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