What does PRN Stand for and when should it Be Used?
PRN is an abbreviation that is derived from the Latin word, which means ‘as the need arises.’ A PRN works on-call; when there is an emergency to have one or more RN nurses. The role of the PRN nurses is to provide the additional workforce to the current nursing to a health facility when there is an increase in patients' intake. Every facility that handles the health of humans must have emergency needs for staff. This is where the PRN staffs come in.However, the term is also relevant in the administration of medicine to patients. Most medications come with usage instructions such as "take one tablespoon by mouth every 8 hours." In fact, a good doctor, while giving medicine to a patient, should not forget to include the instructions for use because the patient may use the drugs as he or she wishes if not directed. However, some medications are only used for treating a particular situation such as common cold, intermittent chest pain, allergies or constipation. Some of these medicines are on sale at local pharmacies or are prescribed by physicians. Nevertheless, some of the medications are taken ‘as needed.’ These go by the name PRN medicine. Nurses should be able to differentiate between "as needed" and daily medications. A competent nurse should be able to distinguish PRN from other medicine when reading prescription list. For example, a patient may feel that their diabetes or blood pressure does not affect them every day but the medications for the conditions are effective when taken daily. Other patients may only have high blood pressure because as an after effect of another issue such as receiving shocking news. The latter will take PRN medicine.