The nurse withholds an ordered medication before the patient's scheduled procedure. What should the nurse do next?


•If a nurse wants to withhold a scheduled medication, the nurse should notify the physician for approval. The doctor may order something else or have instructions about when to give the drug at another time, so this must be communicated.

Incorrect options:

•Afterward, the nurse should document the omission and the reason.

•The nurse should not administer the dose after the procedure without the physician's approval, because the drug would not be given at the ordered time.

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