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A reader submitted a question about whether it was legal for a nursing supervisor in a long-term care facility to ask one of its nurses to pass medications on two floors. Here is my response.
Long-term care facilities are highly regulated at both the state and federal levels. I am not familiar with all of these regulations so it would be difficult to respond to this question without doing extensive research. But let’s assume that such a request is not illegal.
Even though it’s not against the law, other questions come to mind: Is such a request safe for patients? Is accepting this request a potential problem under the Nurse Practice Act?
The medication administration process is not to be taken lightly. It is highly structured and regulated by standards of nursing practice. Specific requirements must be followed to avoid, insofar as possible, medication pouring and medication administration errors.