Get your mind out of the gutter. This is a professional and legal blog for nurses.
I don't know about you but I don't just take any pill given to me by someone, even if it is handed to me by one of my dear sweet grandmothers I have questions. The first being what are you going and why are you handing me meds to take? Do I look like a Paula Pill Popper?
I would be offended if someone gave me a pill to take. Actually I would probably smack the person's hand and the pill out of my personal space. But that's just me and I have "anger" issues (so I have been told by my son, my sisters and my mom).
Why? It is probably no big deal for the vast majority of Americans to take prescription medicine that belong to someone else. What I mean there are more than likely NO legal, career, employment, or licensure ramifications for the average American who pops a pill given to them by their uncle at a cook out.
For example, let's say, at my Fourth of July swimming pool party, I have too much to drink and I want to take something for the headache I know I will have in the morning, I wouldn't send someone in the house to "get me a pill." Why? I keep all the medication in my home in one of the kitchen pantries and the person could give me a pill prescribed for:
2. My EX-HUSBAND;
Yes that's right. The Nursing Law Bandit is single and back on the loose. Actually I am "on the loose" maybe 30 minutes a week because of my work schedule.
But yes, I am no longer married and for that matter was never married: legally or spirtually. Name that legal procedure.
I am actually picking up my engagement, wedding band, and anniversary band today; I had the rings resized to wear on my right hand. My jeweler suggested sizing and wearing the wedding and anniversary bands as thumb rings to break up the set.
Really? I don't think so, pumpkin. My rings are gorgeous.
More later. But...
If you know a single handsome & nice man (mid thirties, early/mid forties) who is small business owner, with real and personal property, no children under 18 y/o, and a mid-six figure income, and a decent business and personal credit score, skype me.
3. Luke (my dog);
4. Leia (my dog); or
5. My son.
Don't put things in your mouth and swallow unless you know exactly what you are swallowing: think fast and name that pill Nurse! Is it Tylenol, Profen, or Darvocet, Perc, or a Vic?
I keep my medication identifier with my calendar in my briefcase not at the poolside.
Use common sense. Nurses are licensed professsionals and you are a nurse 24/7/365. They actually should tell folks on the applications for nursing school when the schools are bragging about how much money you will make; the schools should also explain the accountability and responsibility that comes along with being licensed in an occupation with easy, easier, and easiest access to controlled substances and the skinny on what this really means now and in the future.
So here is the skinny:
1. Do not take any prescription medication that it not prescribed for you. WTH you say? I know it is a shocker but do not do it!
2. Do not taken any medication or pills given to you by ANYONE without you viewing the medication container or pill bottle.
Anyone includes me, your mother, your father, your husband, etc.
3. If the prescription container/bottle does not have your name on it, DO NOT take the medication.
4. Do not mix your prescription medication with the prescription meds of any human, animal, or imaginary spirit. You are a nurse damn it, why are you adding different pills to the same container for ease of transportation. Really? It is one more container in your purse, book bag, or pocket book.
I keep my wallet, two prescription meds containers, three pens, small note pad, business cards, and bubble gum lip gloss in my purse along with my cell phone. What's in your pocket book?
5. Stop asking docs you work with or NPs you know to write scripts for you. It is tacky and a red flag. This isn't the 80s, 90s, or even the early 2000s when that type of conduct was tolerated. It is a risk management and compliance issues which can turn into a legal issue. Therefore ask yourself is it really worth it in light of the national spotlight on prescription drug abuse and misuse. Also it is never an issue until something happens and when it happens, it is what it is!!!
I know it happens everywhere (ER, ICU, OR, etc.) and all the time but it is not good practice. Remember you are not working at Burger King and you certainly cannot have it your way!!
5. If you are being monitored by the Nursing Board in an alternative to discipline program for substance use/abuse or in a disciplinary program for substance use/abuse or practice issues related to controlled substance documentation, you need to live and practice by #1-4 each and every day while you are being monitored by the Board and even after monitoring ends.