I know that nurses are often time crunched and some pulses are often hard to palpate, but...
I had a patient in clinicals who had just had iliac stent placement for PVD, so palpating pulses distal to this stent were vital to the assessment. I informed the nurse that I couldn't feel the politeal and asked if she could check. She comes in and places 2 fingers on the patient's knee and says "Yeah, I can feel it really lightly."
Now, if my understanding of anatomy is correct- is the politeal not palpated BEHIND the knee???
I reached over to feel what she claimed to be feeling and she smiled and walked away to document positive pulses. Aarrggg!