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Signing for narcotic wastage

My employer’s narcotic policy requires nurses to sign as witnesses when another nurse wastes a narcotic. However, I know CNO states that co-signing is not consistent with its practice standard on documentation. Does this mean I cannot follow my employer’s policy?

CNO does not restrict nurses from signing as a witness for narcotic waste by another nurse when their employer’s policy requires it. CNO does not require nurses to document the witnessing of narcotic wastage but it may be required by organizational policy or relevant practice setting legislation.

To increase clarity, an employer’s policy could identify what the signature of the witness represents, and all accountabilities of the witness.

For more information about narcotic medication practices, read the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Page last reviewed June 07, 2022