November 2005, Volume 35 Number 11 , p 67 - 67
I was working as a nighttime supervisor when a patient needed emergency antiarrhythmic medication that wasn't stocked in the medication cabinet. The pharmacy was closed, so the resident physician who ordered the drug asked me to go into the pharmacy to get the medication and measure and administer the dose. Pretty certain that RNs can't legally dispense medicine this way, I refused. Have I set myself up for legal problems?