Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Partnering with People
The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that medications are integral to the plan of care for clients requiring health care services. In all instances, medications must be administered under safe and ethical policies and procedures.
The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan supports the following definition of medication administration.
Safe medication administration includes the role of the physician prescribing medications based on medical and psychiatric assessment of the client; the role of the pharmacist in dispensing medication based on knowledge of pharmacology and therapeutics; the role of the RPN or RN administering medications based on knowledge and skills in client assessment and pharmacology; the role of the client to report any adverse affects from the medications.
RPNs should ensure they are involved in safe and ethical medication administration practices.
The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that the responsibility for establishing and implementing policies and procedures governing the administration of medications rests with an agency’s board of governors and senior administrative staff. To that end the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan will provide consultation and guidance to agencies requiring more information on the role and function of registered psychiatric nurses in the administration of medications.
Approved by Council
The RPN ensures safe and ethical medication administration.
Safe medication administration is an integral component in the provision of health care.