A med-surg nurse is floating to the post-op floor for a few days. The float nurse sees one of the regular post-op nurses taking medication out of the med cart and ingesting several pills. The float nurse should immediately

  1. inform the state board of nursing.
  2. inform the nursing supervisor who works on the post-op floor.
  3. report the nurse to human resources.
  4. confront the post-op nurse about stealing and abusing medications.
Number 2 is correct.
Rationale: The float nurse should adhere to the chain of command and immediately report the nurse to the nursing supervisor. The nursing supervisor will then work with human resources to take steps to discipline the nurse according to hospital policy and the state board of nursing.