Weird situation in clinical...advice needed! - page 3

My patient from last week is still in the hospital this week. He was assigned to a different student so I was still able to go check up on him and see his progress. He is a retired Catholic priest... Read More

  1. by   Satori
    I was comatose in the hospital for several weeks, and during that time, a former boyfriend showed up, got the staff to turn over my personal belongings to him (including credit cards!) by claiming that he was my fiance. He was believed, despite the fact that I wasn't wearing a ring, and he was never kicked to the curb. Disturbs me greatly, but I know that the guy was a really convincing liar, and the hospital staff only wanted to be caring toward me and those who loved me.

    My advice is to ask her for evidence that the priest might want her there, and if she can't produce it, tell her you'll have to go to his family and see if they want her there. Call his brother, explain the situ, and then take his wishes into account. At that point, you've done as much as you can. If his family wants to protect him, they will.
  2. by   rebelwaclause
    Originally posted by Satori
    My advice is to ask for evidence that the priest might want her there, and if she can't produce it, tell her you'll have to go to his family and see if they want her there.
    I never thought of this in the few times I've had similar circumstances. Thanks for the suggestion that I'll use in the future!
  3. by   prmenrs
    actually, i only have one word: security!!!
  4. by   Arlette
    Some good advice to contact social services and get them involved. I wonder how often is possibly happening else where. If she is not a family member this would also be a breach of patient rights and confidentiality. Our facility is looking into a method that would ensure that information is only given to family members that they wish. if they are not able to make their wishes know the person with power of attorney for healthcare makes these decisions. I agree that the women needs to go. But perhaps she also needs help so she does not move on to the next hospital down the block. Diane. RN - Wisconsin
  5. by   memphispanda
    To update this situation:
    The lady had been kicked out, but did return. We got her back out the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and he passed away on Wednesday.
  6. by   TiddlDwink
    I worked at the county hospital, and it was not at all unusual for people off the street to spend the night in the emergency waiting room, especially on cold nights. In fact, there were a few "regulars" who came in almost every night, registered with some "complaint" and were served supper before they went back to the waiting room for the night!

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