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  • 32

    Quote from NurseGirl525
    But why call CPS? What did the mother do wrong? She didn't have anyone to take her kids and was obviously seriously ill. If she had to be on fall and seizure precautions was it better to send her out in a car? If you are thinking legality issues, that's honestly a big time legality issue. Can you see my point?
    CPS isn't just for neglect. It's an emergent social worker that has greater resources than a hospital worker to locate kin and can assist in getting family to the child or child to family and secure temporary guardianship for non-immediate family until the parent recovers. It's not to file a complaint against the ill parent. It's to secure emergent social work services and safe placement.

  • 19

    "No." was the only right answer, despite the family's feelings. I also doubt the patient's question was serious to start out with. It's more likely that he was amusing himself ...or possibly expressing frustration with the futility of some aspects of his treatment.

  • 17

    I'd keep this situation in mind in case you need an example of how you are an advocate for patient safety. You might need this example for a future interview when you become an RN. Remember what you did was a good thing!

    The other med tech might be mad at you but that is his or her issue.

  • 17

    Don't worry and when you go to work please don't start asking around to see who is mad etc...Just go in and do your job as if nothing has happened.

  • 16

    I'm not really sure what other options would be available other than a prolonged stay in the ED until the morning
    I would think children would be safer on the floor until arrangements are made (family or emergency foster care) than in the ED. I mean the ED nurse isn't any more able to handle the situation than you are...maybe even less so because of the very emergent situations that the ED has to manage.

  • 16

    I think you did the right thing. I don't quite understand what your scope of practice is as a Med Tech, but the only thing you did was bring it to the attention of the nurse, who then took it upon themselves to get the order clarified and the extra dose discontinued. Better to error on the side of caution. I wouldn't stress, you did the right thing and sound like you are on your way to becoming a safe, conscientious nurse.


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