Case Scenario 1

Jessica is a third year nursing student, tasked with performing a medication round. She approaches her buddy RN to ask her to clarify a medication order for one of her patients, because she can’t read the drug name or dosage. The buddy RN says that she can’t read it either, but tells her what she thinks the medication order says and to just go ahead and administer it.

Critical questions.

What are the legal issues that arise for Jessica in this scenario?
Identify any statements in professional nursing codes of conduct that may help resolve this dilemma. 3. What would be the potential clinical consequences for the patient?
Providing a rationale with supporting evidence for your answer, if you were the student nurse in this situation, what would you have done?

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