I am a traveler in the Cath Lab.
I open up the Ambulatory at the end of my shift, which is pretty much the Admission part before they go for their procedure. I was told when I came in the next evening that I didn't read the EKG before the procedure, and the patient was sent for a Cardioversion with a NSR, and they had to be sent home. OK...
Anyhow during my 10 minute orientation lol, I was told the NP, PA, or DR reads the all the information before sending them to the procedure (yea I know you can't rely on what anyone says as a Traveler), but apparently the NP (or anyone else for that matter ) did not read the EKG, because the patient was sent to the procedure room. I am sure I was already home by the time the NP started the consent with the patient. They are also suppose to go over information as well. But, alas all the blame fell on me. :uhoh21:
The nurse said I was reported to the Manager. Of course no one called me before my shift to explain how to fix it or if I did anything wrong. So I was demoralized by the nurse when I came in, which is just part of their daily routine at this hospital. Personalities. I of course emailed the Managers myself who said they would discuss it with me this week. So is this a normal occurrence where you work in your Cath Lab? Do nurse's make the decision if a patient had a procedure done or not?
This has never been the case for me anywhere. I have read EKGs sure and will be glad to for them if they need that extra minute, but have never sent a patient home based on my decision. This is suppose to be one of the top hospitals of the country, so this kind of scares me. lol! Then again many of the nurses there have been there longer than I have been alive so maybe they are so good, they just know! Who knows... Goodness grief.