You're not going to believe what happened to me tonight! As soon as I walk in the door tonight I am told that I have to take report on a new admit from PACU. I take the report and am told that this is a gentleman who went for a hernia repair, and when they opened him up he was riddled with cancer and so they just did an open and close case. I write down all the info and accept the patient. I'm running around trying to care for 2 post op patients and the APRN and doc have the chart so I can't read a history or op notes. I photocopy the orders to work with them and eventually the surgeon comes up. I tentatively asked him what he told the family and he just said "oh patient is fine". I question him further about whether the family know about the terminal cancer and he looks at me as if I am crazy. He said "what are you talking about? The patient doesn't have cancer!". The PACU nurse had given me a completely untrue report! I was so embarrassed and horrified I called PACU straight away for an explanation. The PACU nurse was very defensive and angry and I explained that her report could have changed my care of the patient and she just didn't want to hear it. I couldn't believe I found myself justifying my phone call. I told her that it was unavoidable that I filled in a incident report and she just retorted that she was fed up with the unit and the hospital and I should do my worst. I'm not the kind of person to complain about someone, but what if I had said something to the family? I go cold when I think of what might have happened! Maybe if her reaction was different I would feel less inclined to fill out the form, but this is serious. She told me that she got that information from the anesthesiologist and was just passing it on, but I told her she should maybe have read the notes and history before calling a report. What do you guys think?