Ok guys, listen to this--
A physician at my hospital was performing a colonoscopy on a client with potential CA of the bowel. She (the physician) ended up putting the scope right through the bowel wall--the client (86 years old) survived the incident after long surgical intervention and aggressive antibiotic therapy, but now has a colostomy.
By the way, the pt never had CA after all.
Anyways, the ct's family were livid, and weeks after the incident, I was eating lunch in the caf, when they approached me. They were verbalizing their utter disgust towards this physician, and asked me for my personal opinion of her as a Dr. They also were asking me if this happened frequently, or if she was just a quote: "quack". They wanted my "professional opinion" on the matter as a whole. I declined to offer any information (especially regarding that of my personal opinion of the physician), and tried to get them to talk to the Dr. directly if they had questions.
The family went to my nursing supervisor and told them I was an unhelpful nurse, with no compassion for them or their family. I agree we are to be educators, but couldn't you just smell a lawsuit here? It was as if they were trying to quote me directly---other nurses on the floor said they were discussing legal action at the time of the incident. Some nurses agree with me, some say I should have taught them all about colonoscopys and their risks. Who knows?