I am new to this site and have a question to ask. I have a been an RN on a telemetry unit for 8 months now and work in a hospital in southern california. i have noticed a certain doctor who is a general physician that admits patients and places consults for multiple (4+) specialists, even if not needed. Then writes orders to have the RN call the consults to retrieve orders for that patient, or ask the consult to call another dr to be consulted. At one time the nurse was told to call a consult just to call him on his cell. Just recently a nurse was told to call 5 doctors to get discharge instructions from all of them, and that task alone took the nurse 3 or more hours to complete. This dr has been fired from several hospitals, for reasons unknown to me, and our hospital is the only one that still allows him to practice. So my question is what are the responsibilities of the dr when it comes to consults, and is what he doing legal? he causes so much stress on the staff that anyone taking care of a patient he admitted is terrified.
Sorry for such a large post, and thank you for any responses.