I have a question, this happened on my last shift.
I am a new nurse and this is my 4th week in the Emergency. I have had a full load since i started. My preceptor will go help in the Trauma rooms when an ambulance comes in or help the female nurses he has a crush on and usually i'm by myself.
A pt comes in through triage with numbness/tingling in his right hand has a hx of a TIA a month ago, no c/o pain and the triage nurse brings him to the room. I hook him up to the cardiac monitor, do a NIH stroke scale and swallow screen (no signs of a stroke and he passed the swallow screen) and do an EKG. I walk the EKG to the Dr.'s ask which one has this pt one of them took the EKG (which showed a 1st degree AV block) and signed it and gave it back to me. The Dr. (another Dr. not the one that signed the EKG) took an hour to come assess the pt. Then he calls a code stroke and i get questioned about the pt by my preceptor because he hasn't been around and he didn't know anything. He says i should have made the Dr. come sooner. He then says you better be glad the pt did not have a stroke (it was another TIA) or you would have been in trouble. Was i at fault? If so, how?