Jolie 21,928 Views
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Let us know how it turns out.
I agree with you on your logic, but yea, it's reportable to the DOH.
Thanks scrubsRN24. Their pediatrician reported, but our health department is awesome to deal with. Thanks for the reminder.
We had a pertussis outbreak last year. The department of public health was involved because it is a reportable disease (at least it is in my state). I'd give your local or state health department a call and see how you should proceed. Keep an eye out for any of their contacts developing the cough. After a certain number of cases, our district sent a letter to all parents.
I have been thinking about this post for a while now.... I think the big thing here is the OP was not in the role of a nurse but of a wife. She needs to be seen in that role. She was not just a nurse from another floor coming and visiting patients off the clock. She was a wife visiting her husband.
For all of the people advising OP to follow chain of command. She was not the nurse for her husband. Especially if she is tired, exhausted after her shift. Most of our patients and families do not follow chain of command. many of them have also done outrageous things, silencing alarms, turning off IV pumps, silencing ventilator alarms. The OP was in wife mode, I think by starting the IV, it gave her something to do to try and help her husband. If she was not an employee at this facility, and the supplies were all out, and she started it, they would talk to her, give her numbers of people to talk to, etc. As the OP did, many families do keep timelines of incidences. Most families do not escalate to Charge, etc, they are not expected to.
To the OP.. just stick to the facts. I hope it works out for you. if you were a non-employee nurse, they would have people come in and talk to you and have things smoothed over, explain to you that there are people who you could talk to if you are not satisfied, etc.
If it were me I would play hardball. The amount of trouble I am in will be equal to the amount of trouble the facility will be in for negligence. I would make that clear if they try to play tough. In a nutshell, you come after me, the husband sues. Even a suit that is not successful is more trouble than it is worth. Have a nice day.
The husband did not have IV access, receive IVF or dilaudid for six hours.
The wife/float pool nurse placed one in order for him to receive basic medical care because the hospital nurses are not competent in this very basic skill.
The husband/patient should file a formal complaint about the inadequate care and let it be known that if his wife is the target of a witchhunt she won't go down alone.
If that's really what the pill contains, why wouldn't she just take the B6 and Unisom separately? Why reward the pharmaceutical company for this behavior by actually buying the medication?
What you're paying for when you pay that price is the fact that they actually studied that specific combination in a pregnant population- a hard thing to do, and they're marketing it to pregnant people- a risky thing to do from a litigation perspective.
Personally I am happy companies can charge whatever they want for their products. If you don't like their product or how much it costs, don't buy it. Be an informed consumer, like in all things.
The fact that you can make incredible profits is incentive for investors to invest, chemists to research, engineers to engineer, and researchers to research.
I am on the medical device side of the field but I can tell you billions is dumped into research in my small arena to provide better, safer, more effective equipment BECAUSE investors know that if we come up with a super device that saves lives then we will make a nice profit.
There will be those of us who still research and work for better devices because we see it as a mission in life but good intentions and happy thoughts do not pay the research.
It is an ugly truth but research and innovation are not free.
Think EpiPen. It works rapidly. Since no IV established it would waste time starting an IV with possibly collapsing vasculature and dropping BP that can occur with anaphylaxis
Our district has ended our dreaded "no nit" policy!!! I get to update my staff this afternoon about the wonderful news, including no more classroom checks or letters home.
I have a strange amount of joy for how this is going to make them squirm! (insert evil laughter!)
Actually a similar situation just happened in my class with someone who suddenly started taking her tests out of the classroom. People were curious why since she was in class then got up and left. Some people hypothesized but no one really cared that much or were interested THAT much.
Human nature though to be inclined to notice and talk about any thing/one different!
Maybe you can grow from this. Lots of times our own reaction will change the reactions of others from something gossipy to blown over.
It's called gossip. It happens is every walk of life. This has nothing to do with nursing. You shared a secret about yourself. This person was under no legal obligation to keep quiet. You were not disclosing anything in a professional setting. They were under a moral obligation, but not legal.
If you don't want the rest of the world to know your business, keep it to yourself.
Thank you! I don't understand why certain people feel the need to bring others down. I have decided to wait and see what happens. I personally think the wrong should be corrected, mistakes admitted along with a verbal apology to the class as well as myself.
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