Alcohol on Duty

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Project 2: Case studies case 2 While on duty, LPN andrews observes RN Brewer and detects signs of alcohol intoxication. What course of action should Andrews follow? “A person is said to suffer from alcohol intoxication when the quantity of alcohol the person consumes produces behavioral or physical abnormalities.” Alcohol impairs mental and physical abilities including the quality of ones work. Personally If I were LPN Andrews I would immediately report RN Brewer to a charge nurse. RN Brewer is putting the lives of the patients in jeopardy and the facility in jeopardy. A major ethical principal that the RN is not promoting is NONMALEFICENCE : duty to do no harm, being intoxicated the RN is not fully aware of what he/she is doing he/she can administrate the wrong medicine to the wrong patient or not be able to react efficiently. At the same time if the LPN does not report this he/she would also be in-compliance with this. As per the NFLPN under STANDARD legal/ethical status, states: 4. Shall take responsible actions in situations where in there is unprofessional conduct by a peer or other health care provider. Therefor advising the LPN, by NFLPN, to take the responsibility to report the RN who is being unprofessional by coming to / conducting work intoxicated. An example of a nurse intoxicated is in an article about “Sarah Ford, employed as a registered nurse at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS”. She was reported by four other nurses that had evidence that “Sarah had cried while lying on an occupied patient's bed, exhibited excitable, aggressive and tearful behavior in her conversations with colleagues in a patient area, transferred a patient who was not in her care between the ward and the smoking room in an erratic and potentially dangerous manner”, just to name a few. In this case there were many legal implications that could have arisen by her actions
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