Hi there! I'm a new CNA working in a traumatic brain injury unit of a rehab facility. The other night, we had a fellow try to get into bed on his own without asking for help, and he fell and hurt his knee and lower leg. 2 days later, his leg is swollen and very sore - poor guy. Anyway, the nurse brought him his pain meds and he asked for an ice pack. The nurse immediately said that we couldn't give him one and the doctor would have to order it (without offering to contact the doctor or offering any other methods of treatment).
Is that true at your facility? I thought it was a minor treatment, but maybe I'm wrong. I'm not trying to undermine the nurse, I'm just curious. Thanks!