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Nurses practicing medicine in the ICU

The subject of nurses practicing medicine in the ICU is an issue at work.We make alot of decisions based on protocol and standing orders were is the line? Sammy

Originally posted by smignoni:

The subject of nurses practicing medicine in the ICU is an issue at work.We make alot of decisions based on protocol and standing orders were is the line? Sammy

To my understanding, our scope of practice is what we have been trained to do; ACLS, Heparin gtt/PTT orders, skin care products, extubation, meds/skin treatments etc. according (of course) to hospital P & P. Just (you must) rewrite the MD protocol/nursing order on the MD orders, from the original standing orders, so the MD must resign his/her protocols.

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