I work in a sub acute care facility and we don't always have a doctor in house. Most of the doctors and nurse practitioners are texting orders to the nurses. We are also texting questions and lab information to the mds and nps.
Today I had a patient with a blood sugar of 600 and paged the doctor and did not get a reply so I texted the doctor And she texted me back stating to get stat labs give additional insulin etc then she proceeded to text orders for three other patients. Med changes and other labs etc. in the middle of her texts she decided to send the patient to the ER after stating to wait for stat labs since the patient was asymptomatic.
Somehow I missed the text send to ER, so when the next shift took over I told the on coming nurse to be on the look out for the stat lab results and call MD as soon as they arrive. The labs arrived and when he called the doctor she flipped out saying she gave orders to send mr X to ER And she told the other nurse she is going to sink my ship so to speak for not following orders.
I'm sure anyone reading this can see so many wrongs here. Thinking from now on no more texting with doctors. Anyone have any similar situation or thoughts on this issue ?