It is common practice where I work for RNs and sometimes LPNs who work for physicians to telephone or give verbal or written orders on hospital patients. We are expected to take verbal, telephone or written orders from them just as if they were the physician. Sometimes these orders are for lab tests and studies, procedures, and sometimes for medications. I feel very uncomfortable with this practice however I don't know what to do. When I brought it to the attention of several of the nursing managers they refused to believe that it was even going on. When I called the Board of Nursing they said that it all depended on the standard of care in the hospital. In other words it is ok if that is the standard of practice in the hospital. This doesn't seem right. I was taught that only physicians or PAs or NPs could write or telephone medical orders. Aren't these nurses practicing medicine without a license? Aren't we putting our own license in jeopardy by carrying out these orders?