Orders (processing)

The category of Orders (processing) contains advice for the nurse on his/her role and responsibilities in receiving, acknowledging, and carrying out provider orders. The nursing process is a scientific method used by nurses to ensure the quality of patient care.

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Question: Enforcing...should the nurse acknowledge PRN medications at the time of order?

Answer: ... After an extensive search for the regulations around order authentication timeframes, it was found that certain states have included time frames in their regulations...

Question: What are the timeframes associated with the orders of STAT and NOW? Are STATS given within the hour, ASAP, two hours etc.?

Answer: Although the terms "STAT", "now" and "ASAP" are frequently used in orders, there is no standard definition for these terms...

Question: Can you tell me the recommended positioning during removal and after the removal of a CVC (subclavian)?

Answer: The following are recommendations for reducing the risk of air embolism during CVC removal from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority...