Suspect medication diversion? Speak up for patients

Medication diversion always poses a high risk of physical and emotional harm to patients. If you have any suspicions that a colleague may be stealing and/or using a patient’s medications, it’s time to advocate for your patient by speaking up. When you do, you are playing an important role in protecting the safety and well-being of your patients.

“When you suspect medication diversion, your first thought should always be for the patient,” says Anne Coghlan, CNO's Executive Director and CEO. “Your patients rely on you to protect them from harm.”

Medication diversion poses a high risk of harm for several reasons...

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Do you know what counts as “practicing nursing”?

CNO receives hundreds of questions from nurses every year. One of the most frequently asked questions is: “What defines nursing practice?” It seems like the answer should be simple. However, nursing practice is diverse. It isn’t defined by role, title, practice setting or a procedure or activity...

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RPNs and RNs: How to determine who provides patient care

John is an RPN who has worked in a cardiac care unit for 10 years. His patient suddenly develops shortness of breath and low blood pressure. John’s colleague, Rebecca, an RN, offers to take over care of this patient. John feels that it is unnecessary to transfer care...

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