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Air Force RN Found Not Guilty

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Has 26 years experience.

Well this looks like an awkwardly bizarre situation...

Wonder what kind of legal precedent this will set.

I think there is much more to the story.

This nurse is nothing short of heroic. He selflessly advocated for dying patients in his care in their time of need.

THESE WERE DNR PATIENTS, TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT TO SUCCUMB TO NATURAL PROCESSES.

Nurses should come together and praise this model registered nurse.

sassyrn333

Specializes in Cath Lab, EP. Has 10 years experience.

I love the way they take out of context "the patients weren't dying fast enough." If anyone has ever administered Morphine to a DNR end stage COPDer (or any other end stage chronic disease) in their last hours you are damn right, they don't die fast enough. They lay there suffering for hours and hours with their family balling at their bedside, begging you to take away their loved one's suffering. This article makes me sick. I FULLY support the actions of this fine critical care nurse.

This is why I don't watch the news...its all sensationalized bullsh*t.

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Spritenurse1210, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg.

I love the way they take out of context "the patients weren't dying fast enough." If anyone has ever administered Morphine to a DNR end stage COPDer (or any other end stage chronic disease) in their last hours you are damn right, they don't die fast enough. They lay there suffering for hours and hours with their family balling at their bedside, begging you to take away their loved one's suffering. This article makes me sick. I FULLY support the actions of this fine critical care nurse.

This is why I don't watch the news...its all sensationalized bullsh*t.

I agree with you! Anyone who's ever worked with the terminally ill, will understand that it's more humane to give pain medications to the dying in order to keep them comfortable. I challenge any of these laymen to sit with these people day in and day out, watch them gasp for air, gurgle, or scream at the top of their lungs in pain and NOT give them morphine. It's sad really.

Jerry 75

Specializes in ER, Psych, Telephone Triage.

I am glad he was found not guilty. Vague orders - whats new about that. How many times have you been told by the doctor give MS to "keep him comfortable"

All we are concerned about at this point is being as gentle to our patient and keeping him at ease and makeing his last time alive as peaceful as possible.

Family present appreciate what we re doing to ease his discomfort and realize it is the end of the line for him but that he is no longer suffering.

So as long as we are on the same page doctor to Nurse and family to Nurse and doctor and working within Hospital and state Board of Nursing parameters I see no problem with this treatment modality

Mollypita

Has 16 years experience.

Wow, what an ordeal for him. He'll be lucky to ever get another job... but at least he won't be in prison. I too have watched people linger and suffer, and understand his feelings about them not dying "soon enough"... though I doubt I would say that aloud. It's sad all around.