I recently submitted a paper and was returned to me. The case study was about a patient who was in a coma and his advanced directives said no tubes no vent no cpr etc, and his brother was his durable power of attorney. the dr spoke with the nephew (not the brother) and put him on a vent. (uhoh!) the part of my paper i got returned to me was about the extent of the "extent of the nurses obligation" to report the doctors mishap, and "the nurses accountability for patient outcomes and advocacy for the patient in this type of situation"
I wrote about HIPAA and how the nurse should take steps to remind the dr not to violate it (by talking to the nephew), and that the nurse should tell the nurse manager of the situation and be adviced as per hosp policy on how to procede, but since I got that part resubmitted I'm assuming I missed something.... ahhhhh
As for the nurses accountability I wrote we are accountable for our patients and have to act as advocates (previously in the paper I discussed patient advocacy and what that means for the nurse) so i totaly dont see the difference.
at the end of the day if the dr is going to do whatever he wants to do how/why is the nurse to handle this.....
I contacted my professor (its online) 2 times in the alst week and no response - i just want to resubmit this and move on - any advice? ahhh