Ok, I'm "just" a nursing student but my best friend has been a nurse for almost 9 years now and the stories she has.....ugh....(about docs)
Here is my question. We have learned that nurses are to be the patient's advocate. So....would the right thing in a situation like this be to have a word with the doc and advocate for the child (or whoever) to have pain relief? Can't you just say something like, "Doctor - this child needs and deserves some pain relief before you do this procedure."
I can't fathom standing by and assisting with something like this knowing full well that there are things that would have helped.
I guess I'm confused as to where crossing the line falls between advocating for your patient and being unprofessional. I mean are nurses mostly expected to just kiss the docs rear ends and do whatever they say even if it's detrimental to the patient?
Oh, and I too would be livid if it was my child. Children don't forget things like that...ask me how I know.