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    MommyLPN
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    I am wondering where I can find the laws in my state, Ohio, regarding what personnel would be allowed to enter the Med Carts besides the nurses in the Assisted Living facility I currently work in. I searched the BON website, but can’t seem to find exactly what I am looking for and I was hoping someone would know.

    #16410

    Only those with a need to enter (nursing who pass meds, pharmacy who fills carts.) If you don’t have a need to be in the med cart, you shouldn’t be there. You can call your DOH for your state specific laws, but I’m assuming you are asking because someone who doesn’t need to be is getting into the cart?

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    That is precisely why I am asking. I’ve recently found out that the Facility Manager (or Director) has accessed our carts. She’s not a medical professional at all, she’s not a nurse of any kind (LPN, RN, CPN, etc). I’m just wondering if this is even legal. Our BON isn’t very helpful when it comes to finding this information out via their website or calling them, so I thought someone here may know. As far as we knew, no one except the nurse on duty was able to access the carts. If someone wants to “check” the carts, we were under the impression whoever wants to check them has to find the nurse on duty and ask them to open the cart. Even the pharmacy doesn’t go into them. They deliver the meds and we put them into the carts ourselves. We even had another employee, who IS a nurse, but thats not her job at the facility, accessing the carts without our knowledge. To me, this is a HUGE violation b/c there are narcotics that we are responsible for and would be held accountable for if they went missing due to someone entering the carts without reason or permission.

    #16412

    The RN without the need shouldn’t be in there at all and shouldn’t even have a key, if your boss wants to check the carts, she should have the on duty nurse there so there can be a count. I would make sure to do a narc count every change of shift if your boss allows this type of behavior.

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