Discuss the nurses responsibility when questioning an

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18. Discuss the nurse’s responsibility when questioning an order, medication dose, etc.
19. Discuss methods used to educate patients about prescribed medications.
20. Implement nursing actions to prevent medication errors.
from scratch to avoid an error. Even having other registered nurse check your dosage calculations can help to avoid medication errors. The right drug -- Is this the medication the physician ordered? Does the medication label match the MAR? Remember to check the label against the MAR at least three times. Verify the drug's expiration date. If the drug is unfamiliar, consult a drug guide or a pharmacist. The right dose -- Is this the dose the physician ordered? Perform any necessary conversions or calculations. If you need to cut or crush the medication, check with a pharmacist or a drug guide first. The right route -- Can this medication be given by the route ordered? If giving an injection, verify that the preparation is for parenteral use. The right time -- Is it time for you to give the medication? The right patient -- Was the medication ordered for this patient? Use two identifiers to confirm that you have the right patient. The right documentation -- Document on the appropriate record immediately after giving the medication. If you did not give the medication, indicate on the MAR and document in the nurses notes the reason you did not give it.

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