This is nosey but has anyone ever called the ethics hotline to complain about a nursing issue? I have never heard about it happening but some fellows nurses have talked about it because we have concern. I wonder because there is a nurse that has some questionable nursing practice. There has been shifts that we say "ok everyone watch her and see what she does for the next hour." She sometimes has not moved for a few hours except from the break room to her computer, which she uses for online social sites and shopping, not patient care. We are a high acuity floor and there is no way I even sit to chart for 20 minutes straight without having to get up for some reason. She will go in the room with medication that must go over a certain time and exceeds the amount able to be retrograded but then somehow never has to return to flush the line or turn off the syringe/med pumps beeping (no there is no silencer). She is a manager's pet so it is useless to bring up concern about her, people tried before. Would this be considered ok to call in to the ethics hotline? Would anything get done? The nurses who were talking about it think so but I am not sure. I told them for now on people should try to see what she is doing with her meds to know for sure. So is something like this reportable? I wonder what has anyone heard about being reported or have reported yourself? Maybe you cant tell, sorry I don't know. I have never heard of any complaint at all so just wondering. Thank you.
I think the implication is that she is not giving meds or is pushing meds that should not be pushed. I didn't get the phrase "exceeds the amount able to be retrograded..." What does that mean?
The only way to be sure that she is actually giving the meds or doing the treatments she is charting as done is to go behind her and check her patients.
Is there anyone in risk management you can talk to about this?
Be careful, though ... this could easily morph into a mobbing situation.
Last edit by heron on Oct 3, '10
: Reason: added thought