In this article recently published in American Jails magazine, NCCHC Resources Consultant Nancy Booth, MSN, RN, CCHP-RN, explains the importance of the medication pass, the collaboration needed between officers and nurses, and how communication breakdowns can impact the working relationship among staff and the health of the patients. Problems with missing even one dose can affect lab tests and exacerbate symptoms.
Educating the officers on the importance of timely medication and appropriate processes can make operations go more smoothly. Shadowing the med pass for a day can help leadership assess the flow and determine whether there is a partnership in this assignment. Additionally, discussing the expectations of leadership during briefings and attending a staff nurses meeting can also provide valuable information.
Read the article here and share it among your staff. Reducing friction and improving patient care benefits staff and patients.