Dispensing Medication

The Dispensing Medications practice standard outlines the expectations for RPNs when they dispense, and clarifies:

  • When dispensing occurs.
  • That RPNs may dispense with or without a pharmacist’s involvement.
  • That RPNs have additional responsibilities when a pharmacist is not involved.
  • The steps RPNs take to ensure the pharmaceutical and therapeutic suitability of a medication for its intended use.

The Dispensing Medications Decision Tree is a tool to help guide RPNs when dispensing medications and is used in conjunction with the Dispensing Medications practice standard.

Dispensing Medications Decision Tree

Are you dispensing?

What else can you do?

Review the Dispensing Medications practice standard, and

  • Think about how you will meet this standard in your practice.
  • Discuss the standard with your colleagues.
  • Review your agency policy.
  • Share your ideas and suggestions with your manager and educator.

If you have any questions, contact a CRPNBC Practice Consultant by email at [email protected] or by phone at 604.931.5200 or 1.800.565.2505.


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