Recently, in The Lamp, In the ‘Ask Judith’ column, there was a very controversial topic. An EN asked, if she was allowed to carry the Drug Keys for the Ward.
Of course, Judith provided the correct legal position in her response. However, sometimes, many ENs & AINS are placed in a position at their workplace, where they are commiting an offence against The NSW Poisons & Therapeutic Goods Act, 1966.
If one looks up the Act, there is much detail, describing the different circumstances that may occur in a hospital or nursing home environment. It can be quite easy to misinterpret such legal jargon.
So, at your workplace, what types of situations have YOU been placed in, and felt uncomfortable with management’s instructions? Have you ever felt, that you were asked to do something ILLEGAL?
What about AINs giving out things like S4d pain medication.; or the nocte sedatives?
According to the Act, the definition of a ‘nurse’ is a person who is a ‘registered nurse’.
We can all learn something new about this very important topic, by hearing from our colleagues here, on this Forum. Maybe, what happens at YOUR workplace is actually illegal! It will be very interesting to hear what others have to say…