Please survey my situation and give me your reaction. My 19yo son came to visit me at my hospital. While he was diatribing to me about how sick he was and receiving my wrath for not taking care of himself-- he passed out at my feet. I immediately dragged him onto a gurney, assessed him, got IV access with fluids, vitals and while he aroused and inquired I told him what had happened and that he was now an ED patient.
At this point he informed me he couldn't afford an ED visit, had no insurance and would not agree to be admitted to the ED. I negotiated with him and told him the only way to avoid this was to agree to and get a "now" appointment at the local clinic (4 blocks away). His wife procured the "now" appontment, I squeezed in the last of the IV, documented the assessment and event and sent it to the Dr. with the patient.
The Risk Manager, later, with no complaint from Dr. or patient and with the consent of my manager decided to suspend me without pay for 3 days, report me to the board of nursing for practicing outside the scope of my RN license and leave a wide open termination clause in case anything "like this" was to happen again.
The nursing board generated no further investigation and said no disciplinary action was needed.
I find it difficult to function with this open ended and undefined threat to my employment and do not trust a risk management office that thinks this was appropriate treatment.