i'm really angry.. should i be?? - page 2

i work on an ENT ward, and yesterday looked after a man who came in a few days ago via ED with epistaxis (i'm told he was a bad one). he came to us with nasal tampons in one nostril and a foley... Read More

  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    One word: insubordination.
  2. by   RNAnnjeh
    This is definitely a matter of patient safety. Sometimes it's easier to not look for the wheelchair, play the odds, whatever. But when it hits the fan, it's the patient we need to worry about. If this orderly has a history of not following directions, then your written concern will provide more support, and his supervisor (hopefully) will take action. If this is the first time a documented complaint is received, then (again, hopefully) action will be taken AND you'll inspire others to document their concerns.

    It doesn't matter if you've been there a day, a week or a century. This patient was put at risk of bleeding b/c your instructions were not followed.

    Annjeh
  3. by   tigress_8207
    I disagree he doesnt need writing up he needs firing.He endangered a patients life by not following direct orders.If it were a nurse they would have been through the door a long time ago.So whats up with that?
  4. by   JoeTheNurse
    I bet that if the the orderly new from the begining that "if he the patient did bleed again, it wouldn't be a little trickle, it would be a big gush and that people could die from nosebleeds very quickly" he would have had that patient in a wheelchair in a New York Minute.

    I'm not saying that discipline should not be considered here. I'm suggesting that maybe we shouldn't assume that everyone is on the same page as us.

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