Originally posted by rstewart
There is no excuse for the physician's comments and I appreciated your retort. Still, I must wonder why you would be assigned a patient receiving hemofiltration when you clearly had not received adequate training to manage the equipment. Personally I would not have accepted such an assignment without possessing trouble shooting skills etc. let alone the knowledge of how to discontinue therapy.
You are kidding aren't you?
Once my agency sent me to a place that wanted to dump a 30-bed ward full of vents on my untrained self, and this fact was only casually mentioned during the course of report.
They then tried to say that I "accepted" the assignment because I "took" report, "and besides, there's a respiratory therapist on duty to help you."
I was on the phone to my agency in a heartbeat--and I very nearly dropped them as my agency because I had been very clear about my skills and the new manager hadn't bothered to check out my folder.
I got reassigned, but it took 2 hours.
Point: some people just want a warm body and will actively try to deceive you. And: In a lot of places, your basic training is not adequate for what will actually happen.