What would you have done??? - page 2
Left wrok with yet another big ole hunk of my butt missing...... Last night when I recieved report for m a new orientee, I was told that my baby had an rder for 2 doses of Lasix. She had given the... Read More
Jan 31, '02Hi everyone. I am an RN student, and this discussion makes me so nervous. We have spent a lot of time on legal issues this semester, and all we as students keep hearing is how nasty many doctors get when you question them. My philosophy is that I WILL question any order that doesn't seem right to me because it's my butt on the line, but I hate the fact that we, as nurses, are put in such a position where we have to be made to feel as if we are doing something wrong for thinking in the best interest of the patient. I hate this whole "superiority complex" that many physicians have, and even some nurses in the clinical areas that we as students encounter during our rotations. We are all in this to help the patients....or so I thought......It just makes me nervous that so much of this goes on. I pitty the poor naiive nurse who is unable to stand up to someone of authority out of fear of being reamed out, only to lose his or her license because of an error that could have been prevented. Any suggestions on how to best approach this situation for us students? Thanks!
Jan 31, '02I'm not sure what a Neofax is, but I do know that in my hospital if the pharmacy sees an order that is out of line, they call and question the nurse about the order.
When I get an unusual order, I definitely question the doc about it, and will write him up if he acts like a jerk! I will also ask someone to witness my call on a second line if the doc is a notorious A-hole. And document it in the chart that the order was clarified with the doc with a witness (name the witness-ie: M.Jones, RN); and also that you spoke to pharmacy about the order; as that may be the only way to CYA. I don't ever want to lose my license because some doc thinks he's ommnipotent. After those 6 nurses (I think it was in Colorado about 2-3 years ago?) gave the wrong doses of chemo drugs and lost their licenses while following the doctors' orders (I believe the pt. died); I'm very careful about odd orders.
Babynurselsa, that doc didn't take a chunk out of your butt; he just showed you what a real A-hole is. You did the right thing; keep protecting those little babies from mistakes.
Feb 1, '02It is a medicine book that NICU nurses uses for finding out proper dosages to give our little tykes. You will find them in Peds sometimes but mainly in the NICU units.
Feb 1, '02YOU DID THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT THING. AS NURSES, OUR JOB IS TO ADVOCATE FOR AND TO PROTECT OUR PATIENTS. IF A DOCTOR WROTE AN ORDER SO FAR OUT OF THE NORM I'D TELL HIM TO COME IN AND GIVE IT HIMSELF. WE NOT ONLY HAVE THE RIGHT, BUT AN OBLIGATION TO ADDRESS QUESTIONABLE ORDERS. THE DAYS OF "DO IT BECAUSE I'M THE DOCTOR AND I SAID SO WENT OUT WITH GLASS SYRINGES AND CHECKING NEEDLES FOR BURRS."NURSES ARE EDUCATED AND SHOULD NEVER BE AFRAID OR INTIMIDATED INTO THINKING ANYTHING LESS.
Feb 1, '02Stock response: 'You can spend a little bit of time now....or a lot of time later in court if something goes wrong" in my most sugar sweet voice I can find. " An ounce of Prevention worth a pound or cure".
Learned that leason while an LPN the hard way in 1980 after a patient coded and died 3 days later in CCU. I wrote explicitly in chart that I wanted to notify Attending re deteriorating ABG's despite multiple O2 changes ordered by 1st year intern. RN Nursing Supervisor wouldn't allow operator to put call thru at 3:30 AM. (The Interns need to learn how to handle these patients, her response.) Multiple notations re attempts to contact in house staff....finally called ER Doc 15 min before pt actually coded.
That documentation saved my butt but STILL chewed out by unit Medical Director that he should have been called to question orders--------informed him no access to telephone number- his number promptly placed in narcotic box for any Staff to call him at home. NEVER trusted that doctor again...even after he became Chief Resident 2 years latter.
Learned from the incident MY license would have been on the line and need to go up chain of command for ALL problems till satisfaction received or all medical/nursing administration notified.
Kudus to you for putting your PATIENT FIRST.
Feb 1, '02We use the Neofax and a peds guidebook. We just went to unit dose (hate it) so we didn't have a pharmacist to catch the errors, just me, myself and I. But alot of newer people think it is okay if an attending orders it. For out of order orders we have to have a fellow and an attending sign it. If it is really bizarre we tell them to give it themselves.
Feb 1, '02You absolutely did the right thing! I agree with the posters who recommended having the physician administer the med himself. I also want to emphasize the importance of having a witness when you question an order, and keeping a written log of such incidents. I once had a neonatologist remove an order from a baby's chart. It happened to be at the top of a new order sheet, so he was able to do so easily without having to "reconstruct" other orders and signatures. He and I both knew what he had done, but I couldn't prove it. In my case it did not involve anything serious that could harm the baby. It was more of a pi**ing match between him and me, but I learned then and there never to trust the snake. I informed him that I would no longer accept verbal or phone orders from him, and that I would personally see that 2 RN's signed off on his orders from that day forward so that he could never pull that stunt again.
Feb 1, '02I too have had the slithery serpents try to pull order sheets (with stupid/illegal/WRONG orders) from a chart. Fortunately for the good guys the order sheets were the carbonless 2 part ones.
The back copy was always immediately sent to the pharmacy no matter what...even things like change diet etc.
I've had them try to sneak another order in the next morning.....
I've had a PA write an order that was cosigned by a doc's partner...and then the attending come in and try to obliterate the med that was ordered and GIVEN!
Pharmacy back copy saved my tukkus both times.
All my life I've lived by certain axioms...
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." And
"When in doubt, DON'T."
Feb 1, '02You absolutely did the right thing. Teeny baby + K depleting big time diuretic overdose = sick/critical/dead teeny baby.
First and foremost, do no harm.
You are a good nurse. Stick by your guns.
Neofax was my bible when I worked NICU. Protect those little ones. You go, girl.
Feb 4, '02Thanks so muc4h for the feedback.
I did indeed make a a c0opy of the written order written by Himself, made a copy of the childs BMP from the next morning, and a copy of the page from the Neofax. Thank God somehow her K+ was Ok the Next morning but her Na was 128 and her Chloride was 93. When he complained to me that I had not called him personally about the clarification I told him that if that was what he wanted in the future I would be more than happy to call him at home in the middle of the night rather than the Moonlighters he has staffed us with. Well at least he hasn't repeated the dose on this poor child just to continue to try and convince us tha he really did mean to write that order that way.