Quote from TeleRNer
Can a hospital have a policy that would state: If you show no willingness to comply with the treatment recommended by your physician, the hospital has a right, the physician has a right, even the NURSE has a right to terminate your stay; a sort of reverse AMA!!!
If you want to write d/c orders, you can go to med school. Our docs tend to either (a) tell us to let her smoke, or (b) write a scrip for a nicotine patch. Similarly, sometimes you'll see a beer in the Pyxis fridge (the hosp has a license for when the doc orders a beer), and sometimes the doc orders benzos. Her call.
Hi phriedomRN, believe it or not, the "license to reproduce" line of thought was actually put into practice in the US a century or so ago. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_sterilization
"The first country to concertedly undertake compulsory sterilization programs for the purpose of eugenics was the United States. The principal targets of the American program were the mentally retarded and the mentally ill, but also targeted under many state laws were the deaf, the blind, the epileptic, and the physically deformed. Native Americans were sterilized against their will in many states, often without their knowledge, while they were in a hospital for some other reason (e.g. after giving birth). Some sterilizations also took place in prisons and other penal institutions, targeting criminality, but they were in the relative minority. In the end, over 65,000 individuals were sterilized in 33 states under state compulsory sterilization programs in the United States."