It is 9 a.m. Your supervisor looks at the medication sheets for the patients you are responsible for. She finds that all of the medications have been signed as given for the rest of the day. What is this called? It is called falsification of records. You are now in trouble with your employer, but more importantly you are in trouble with your state board of nursing. Falsification of records is basically the act of intentionally putting something in the record that is not true. You have not given the medications for the rest of the day, so you have falsified the record.
Other ways of falsifying the record include documenting treatment or test results when they were not done. Signing a medication record where someone had omitted to sign. Charging for a home visit that never occurred. I am sure you are getting the drift. If you didn't do it, don't chart it. But, make sure you chart what you did do.
If your state board found you guilty of falsifying a record, you could be sanctioned or lose your license for a period of time or forever. If the action was done on a Medicare record, you may face federal fraud charges, which could mean a heavy fine and or jail time.