Dan is a registered nursing student, day 5 of his first-year placement at MyLocalHospital in
Smithplace; his preceptor for today’s morning shift is Registered Nurse Jane.
During an unusually slow morning medication round, Dan noted RN Jane putting in her
pocket paracetamol (Panadol) from the medicine room. RN Jane stated she really needs it as
she only got home at 0330 this morning from a big night out, had a “…shocking hangover
and could barely think”; she said she would be better after morning tea.
RN Jane did appear unwell and Dan had to keep reminding her of each patient and even
pointed out

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