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by mi_dreamin mi_dreamin (Member)

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Funny story but first some background:

I work on a floor that does palliative care and we have a team of NPs and docs who only do the palliative care.

Typically when we have a "palli patient" the palliative team oversees their care, puts in all the orders, etc., and the hospitalist docs are no longer involved.

Recently we had a patient who was alert/oriented, typical med-surg type patient and was assigned to a nurse floated from another floor to our unit.

One rapid response later and his family made the decision to make him DNR-CC and become palliative. However, because hospice didn't have time to come do paperwork that day he was technically still a hospitalist patient with the palliative team consulted.

It happened in the course of events that at almost 18:00 (almost made it to shift change) he expired and I happened to be the nearest nurse when the family came out to get someone.

I got the primary nurse and we declared TOD and I told her all the things she needed to do, including page the doc.

10 minutes later the doctor shows up at the nurses station and the following conversation ensues:

 

Dr. F: does anybody have a penlight? 

Nurses: Dr. F, why do you need a penlight?

Dr. F: you know to, look professional...??

Nurses: Dr. F, how will a penlight make you look professional? (Truely puzzled)

Dr. F: you know, to check pupils...look professional.......

Nurses: 😶 he's already been declared dead....

 

We all had a good chuckle over it ( including the doctor), especially after we told him that all you need to declare someone dead in the state of Ohio is two RNs and a stethoscope. It was probably funnier to us since we handle death all the time. Actually I think many of my funny work stories involve non-palli docs and palliative patients....maybe someone should teach them a class....

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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21 hours ago, mi_dreamin said:

Funny story...

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TriciaJ has 35 years experience as a RN and works as a Retired.

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He could have just clicked a regular pen and pretended it was a penlight.  Would have yielded the same information and looked just as professional.  

"You have been declared officially expired.  Is there anything else I can do?  I have time."

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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10 hours ago, TriciaJ said:

He could have just clicked a regular pen and pretended it was a penlight.  Would have yielded the same information and looked just as professional.  

"You have been declared officially expired.  Is there anything else I can do?  I have time."

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TriciaJ has 35 years experience as a RN and works as a Retired.

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10 hours ago, Davey Do said:

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This really did make my day.  

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JadedCPN has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Pediatric RN.

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11 hours ago, Davey Do said:

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😂 I love how this came full circle. 👏

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