Understanding The Registered Nurse 's Role And Responsibilities When Administering Medication

1927 Words Oct 9th, 2016 8 Pages
Nurses that administer medication are accountable for recognizing the medications prescribed, the patients need for the medication and their therapeutic and non-therapeutic effects (Crisp and Taylor, 2013). The purpose of this essay is to examine the importance of understanding the registered nurse’s role and responsibilities when administering medication. Equally, it will cover all the key concepts of legal and ethical issues relevant to medication administration. The legal and ethical issues are discussed in relation to the documents NZ Nurses Organisation Guidelines for Nurses on the Administration of Medicines (2014), Nursing Council of NZ Competencies for Registered Nurses (2016), Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, Local policies: Medicines Care Guides for Residential Aged Care published by Ministry of Health (2011), Registered Nurse Scope of Practice, Nursing Council of NZ Code of Conduct (2012) and NZ Nurses Organisation Code of Ethics (2010). All that is discussed in this essay will relate to Registered nurse Liz and the patient Mrs. A.

According to Ministry of Health (2011), when administering medicine, the RN should be aware of the client’s current assessment and the planned program of care and ensure appropriate protocols regarding the preparation, administration, and documentation. The RN should also check the five rights before proceeding with an administration, the five rights include right medicine, right dose, right patient, right time and…

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