How much longer is this going to go on? - page 2

Today I saw the charge nurse and the unit secretary repeatedly putting their heads together to try and decipher doctors orders. I could not help but wonder at the zillions of hours that have been... Read More

  1. by   P_RN
    I worked in a big teaching hospital associated with the medical school. It was also Level I trauma center.

    There were 34 orthopods, between 8-10 ortho residents; there were trauma residents and their attendings; anaesthesia residents and their attendings; there were med students who did not always sign the orders as M III couldn't carry them out til the MD/DO cosigned.

    There were internists...private and staff and their residents. It would not be unusual at all for 15-20 different folks to access the chart on any given day.....

    MY solution would be to call the chief ortho resident and let him/her handle the ortho residents......

    The TRAUMA surgeon* would handle his puppies no question, and then we tried our best to figure what else to do with the rest.

    * If I were to be in a trauma I always said I'd name this guy as THE one to see me.....he is AWESOME......

    I even have a sticker on the back of my driver's license naming the hospital, surgeon, internist and ortho I want.......
    Last edit by P_RN on Nov 16, '01
  2. by   psnurse
    I love the sticker on the back of the drivers license idea.

    My colleagues and I have kicked around the idea of having a tatoo of MD's not allowed to touch us placed on our chest. This sounds much easier and less painful. Easier to revise if you move, ect.

How much longer is this going to go on?