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Should drug admin be delegated to HCAs?


Drug administration should be done by registered nurses who have the knowledge to carry out this role. RN's are accountable for what they do, and are trained for drug administration. They also have the knowledge of pharmacology that the HCA's don't have, and can spot drug incompatibilities or contraindications that an HCA wouldn't be able to do as they aren't trained for it. If we are going to go down the road of HCA's doing the drugs, they will have to be registered and accountable for their actions, and be trained for that role. We registered nurses might as well give up then as HCA's would have encroached too far onto RN territory. Of course, they would be probably get band 4 pay which is cheaper than band 5, and therefore more affordable.. Cynical, me? yes, of course I bloody am.

Posted date

30 January, 2012

Posted time

2:36 pm