Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Pharmacy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Pharmacy [18 VAC 110 ‑ 20]
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4/16/09  3:23 am
Commenter: Suzanne Garth,CPhT - Matha Jefferson Hospital

Nurses having to sign for controlled substances

As a technician who works the night shift, I know first hand how frustrating it is to have to take the time to find a nurse  and pull her/him away from patient care when staffing is a shortage to sign the controlled substance form.  I'm always asked why it must be signed ,since I'm the one stocking and a Pharmacist has already checked the amount dispensed.

I feel with the automated systems now installed and computerized reports that adequate records are available without having this extra sheet - which shows only that a nurse has signed - not the process.

Thank you for considering this change - which I feel will greatly improve the workflow.


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