Homework Help

Is possible for a CNA to change a MAR, medical chart, if the RN or Doctor is on the...

user profile pic

brownkid55 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 17, 2012 at 1:48 AM via web

dislike 1 like

Is possible for a CNA to change a MAR, medical chart, if the RN or Doctor is on the phone explaining to them what to do?

I manage a home care facility and the MAR's are always changing and instead of calling one of our nurses in I was wondering if it was possible to just have the CNA or myself fix the MAR.  They are all originally printed out but when it comes to things being changed we just write them in and change them the next month on the computer.  Please help.

2 Answers | Add Yours

user profile pic

deltamarch | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like
NO! The MAR is a legal document. A CNA could lose their certificate and possibly their future in medicine. It is also possible that they will be fined or even imprisoned. No CNA in their right mind would even want to do that.
user profile pic

dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM (Answer #2)

dislike 1 like

In most states only a nurse, RN or LPN or a PA, can take a physicians order either in person or over the phone. Because of this law, no a CNA can not legally take a physicians order or make any changes to the MAR (medication administration record). I can only speak about states I am familiar with so I would suggest consulting the law in your state. In some states it is permissible for certain personnel like medical assistants to give medications of a certain class but in most states the only people that can give a medication are nurses, physicians, PA's (physician assistant), or NP's (nurse practitioner) and the same holds true for writing, changing, or altering in any form or fashion the medication administration record.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes