I have recently moved to the OR. I am gaining confidence in my abilities and my team members. Though it has its ups and downs (my feet are killing me) I really like what I am doing. There is so much to learn and it is very exciting! On the down side, I have recently seen some things that I don't think are right.
Twice in the past couple of months, we have had patients that asked specifically for certain things in our ASC which were granted by both management and surgeon. However, once they had their premeds, those requests were ignored by staff and once by the surgeon.
I don't know if those were the only two incidents or if it happens more often. I am reluctant to ask colleagues since I am just getting to know these people. Since I was assigned to both cases, I attempted to advocate for the patient, but was reminded that "what the patient doesn't know won't hurt them" and that I should focus my attention elsewhere.
Should I bring this to the nurse manager's attention or disregard, focusing solely on the patient's outcome? Does this happen frequently and is typically in the best interest of the patient, or is it something that we shouldn't do? My belief is that if management/surgeon makes a promise to the patient AND it is medically appropriate, we should not disregard once the patient has been medicated. Am I wrong?