I am so annoyed with doctors and nurses who don't understand the difference between DNR and palliative care!
It scares the wits out of me when I've had a patient who is DNR and the MD drags his feet to treat a patient for something TOTALLY treatable. An example is a patient spiking fevers and incr WBCs (admitting dx completely nothing to do with it) and the MD doesn't think it's worth investigating a source of infection and just treating it!!
Or an RN who exclaims "she doesn't need to be on telemetry then!" when I give report that a DNR patient is on cardiac monitoring. We had a healthy argument where he insisted that he shouldn't waste his time observing heart rhythms if the patient is DNR. Meanwhile the patient that day went into SVT (again, unrelated to admitting dx) and we converted it and went on with our day. Why SHOULDN'T you fix what's fixable??
DNR does not mean withdraw care! A family made a painstaking decision to not resuscitate their relative in THE EVENT that it could be required. They TRUSTED us with this delicate situation and in return we are distorting their intentions into something that is more akin to just neglecting their loved one altogether!
Really makes me think twice about a DNR order for MY family.