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References: Linda, L., Shelly, R., & Julie, S. (2017). Pharmacology and the Nursing Process (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. Medpresso, I. S. (n.d.). Skyscape Medical Library | Mobile & Web. Retrieved October 26, 2018, from research by Elizabeth Mugambi, scenes by Paci Mosigisi, written by Kathy Jackson

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  • Good evening Mrs. Williams. My name is Kathy and I will be your nurse tonight.I received the information that you had a hard time sleeping last night. We are waiting on call back from the doctor to see if he can give you something.
  • That is great Kathy! Hopefully, the doctor will give me something to help me sleep.
  • Yes we didn't get much sleep last night so if he could give her something that would great.
  • Okay Mrs. Williams I spoke to Dr. Taylor and he prescribed Zolpidem. Which is sedative to help with insomnia.
  • That is great! I hope it helps. Are there any side effects to this medication?
  • Great because we are tired. 
  • Good Morning . How did y'all sleep?
  • Much better. The sleeping medication defiantly did help.
  • Besides the tech coming in to check vital signs we slept very well.
  • In report Kathy receives information that client was unable to sleep last night and wanted to see if the doctor could give her something to help sleep tonight. The nurse completes her assessment and determines the client is alert and oriented x 4 and not allergic to any medications.
  • The nurse explains to client that Zolpidem is a short-acting nonbenzodiazepine that can cause daytime drowsiness, dizziness, anaphylaxis. Has the potential for becoming dependent. Interactions other sedatives, antidepressants, or antihistamines. Monitor for speech and vision changes orientation, breathing and reflexes.  Also contraindicated with Chamomile, Valerian, and melatonin.
  • Taking Zolpidem more than 7 days can lead to dependency. Consider alternative medications to aid with sleep such as acupressure, yoga, and meditation.
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