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Asked 703 days ago by a user from Lunenburg, MA
I was sick and quickly locked my med cart,(which I found later, it didn't lock), someone took medication from the med cart and gave it to the director of nursing without my permission, putting the resident at risk. The department heads, through an investigation, to which I reported the D.O.N, said it was common practice for department heads to have the "right" to do this and it's not illegal. I want to know if it is, because what I understant, NO ONE can remove meds out of a medication cart without FIRST notifying the nurse who is responsible for that med cart. Even if the lock did not work properly, I feel NO ONE has the right to put a patient at risk by removing their meds and not knowing whether that resident had their meds already.
A supervisor may access med carts for valid reasons. The patient's chart should indicate what medications need to be administered and when, according to the M.D. Orders.
Thank you for your answer, but I still need to know, if they did NOT first ask for these medications, but took them in order to "set me up" would I have a case against them for doing this? I understand they may come to a nurse and ask for certain medications for a valid reason, but in this care, they did not. They saw the cart was unlocked and went into it and removed meds without my permission.