Clinical placements

Nurse’s response to medicine refusal was a lesson in quality care

A nurse halted a drug round when a patient declined additional medication and took the time to explain its benefits and risks – resulting in the patient accepting it. Witnessing this incident gave Jordan Martin a greater understanding of medicines management

A nurse halted a drug round when a patient declined additional medication and took the time to explain its benefits and risks – resulting in the patient accepting it. Witnessing this incident gave Jordan Martin a greater understanding of medicines management

In my third year of training on clinical placement on a cardiology ward, I was observing a nurse administering medications to patients.

An older female patient, who I will call Mrs Brown, became upset when the nurse told her that the drug digoxin had been added to her list of prescribed medications.

Mrs Brown had recently been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF), a cardiac arrhythmia which digoxin is commonly used to treat. But when the nurse tried to administer the medication, Mrs Brown said she felt

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