Dispensing includes preparing and giving medication for a client to take later, taking steps to ensure the pharmaceutical and therapeutic suitability of the medication for its intended use, and taking steps to ensure its proper use. Nurses dispense with or without the involvement of a pharmacist.
When a pharmacist has already reviewed a medication’s suitability and dispensed it for the client, nurses ensure its proper use. Examples of dispensing with a pharmacist’s involvement may include:
When a pharmacist has not reviewed the medication’s suitability (or it’s unclear if this was done), nurses ensure the medication’s pharmaceutical and therapeutic suitability for the client and its proper use. Examples of dispensing without a pharmacist’s involvement may include:
Document the dispensed medication in the client’s chart, including:
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