Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Medications

3.0 Nurses should provide appropriate administration of the following pharmacological agents as prescribed:

  • Bronchodilators
  • Beta 2 Agonists
  • Anticholinergics
  • Methylxanthines
  • Oxygen
  • Corticosteroids
  • Combination Treatments
  • Antibiotics
  • Psychotropics
  • Opioids

3.1 Nurses will assess patients’ inhaler device technique to ensure accurate use. Nurses will coach patients with sub-optimal technique in proper inhaler device technique. 3.2 Nurses will be able to discuss the main categories of medications with their patients including:

  • Trade and generic names
  • Indications
  • Doses
  • Side effects
  • Mode of administration
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Nursing considerations