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Doctors not assessing COVID patients?

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by orchidflower orchidflower (New) New

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Doctors at my hospital are not physically assessing the COVID patients. They are asking nurses to enter the room and ask them what they have assessed. I am working at a teaching hospital. We were told residents weren't allowed to enter the patients rooms and just attendings and fellows. Well, no physicians are entering the patients rooms. It's so bad, we had a patient code and the physician asked the respiratory therapist to assess the patient from outside the room to confirm death. Is this happening at any of your hospitals? I feel as if the doctors feel as if we "nurses" are expendable and they aren't. 

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MunoRN has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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There are certainly reasons for the physician to go into the room, but they also shouldn't be going in just for the heck of it.  With COVID there isn't actually much purpose to a direct Physician assessment.  It's reasonable to limit the number of staff entering the room and not have multiple staff members doing different tasks that could be done by a single staff member instead.  

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