I had a pt who had scheduled 20mg oxycontin q8, along with PRN narcs q6 and q4. Her normal blood pressure ran low 100s. For a few days before I had her she was mid 90s. I work night shift and the night I got her, she had been maintaining SBP of 87, 88, etc. Mds aware. There was a written order that she was to get her narcs even with hypotension. So she got her 10pm and got her PRNs, but then her AM BP was 83/53. I understand that there's a written order, but don't you draw the line at some point? I didn't want to give her the oxycontin. She had requested the scheduled dose and then fell asleep, so I didn't wake her up and I paged the ARNP who was on call. She said to give it. I still didn't wake the patient as I had a bad feeling about giving it. Charge RN and the other floor RNs thought it was ridiculous that I was told to give it. So I waited until 6AM when the attending was on and I paged her. Told her despite the other MD's written order, I wasn't comfortable giving narcs with a pressure like that. She told me to go ahead and give it, said since it's chronic pain and the pt is used to taking all of these meds, that it wouldn't drop her. I understand that logic... but sh*t happens and that's already a low BP.
So based on my last phone call with the attending, I wrote that as a telephone order, I documented my conversation with both the ARNP and the MD and gave the med.
So I guess I what I want to know is, is my license at risk if something happens to the patient and I followed MD orders? Or am I more likely to get fired/lose my license for NOT following MD orders (and the SAME order from multiple MDS, at that) bc I felt it wasn't safe?? What would you have done in this situation? I've called my nurse manager and left a message for a call back so I can discuss legal ramifications if I'm ever at a crossroads between following/not following orders. I haven't heard back yet, so I figured I'd post. TIA for your responses.