The nurse withholds an ordered medication because the patient has been called for a psych consult on another floor and will eat lunch afterward. What should the nurse do next?

Notify the physician about the held dose


•When withholding a medication for any reason, the nurse should notify the physician for approval. Then, the nurse should document the omission and the reason.

•The nurse should not administer the dose after the appointment without the physician's approval and an order.

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