Hello Everyone! I have a question about "telephone orders". I just started working for a long-term care facility and I am having some trouble with these telephone orders. I only have 4 days orientation and I am a new nurse. I work the 3-11 shift and it seems that when people need an order for something like a catheterization, UA and C+S.... they just write it down as a telephone order even though they never notified the doctor. The doctor just comes in and sign them when he can. To me this seems wrong... very wrong. Has anyone else ever heard of this? I feel uncomfortable and I am not sure how to get a hold of a physician when I work 3-11? They won't be in the office. The nurse also write orders for treatments like flushes after IV treatments, PEG Tube flushes, etc.. Any advice would be much appreciated!