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    What tips and tricks can you offer to make passing meds an easier and more efficient process?

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    I always meet all of my patients during rounds. I try to get anyone needing peg tube/crushed meds done first because it is usually fast and predictable. Unless someone asks for a PRN, then I start with them. Otherwise next, I pass meds to anyone who I confused, sleepy, non-conversational, non-communicative next. Then I save the chatty Cathy’s for last, then I m not stressed about giving them time to talk bc everyone else is done. I always to as much as I can while I am in a room, offer PRNs, fresh ice water, more Kleenex (all with me during med pass) I have a note book and write down special requests like test results or snacks and attend to them as soon as med pass is completed. It took me a few years to perfect my timing but now I can walk into a new facility and keep everything running smooth. Good luck

    Profile photo of nurseBrooke

    The above tips/tricks are great. Something i can add, if med & tx sheets are on paper, is to flag things. I go though the med book and flag coumadins and fsbs to organize my passes.

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