February 2008, Volume 38 Number 2 , p 57 - 58
Brooke, Penny Simpson APRN, MS, JD
Penny Simpson Brooke is a professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing in Salt Lake City, a member of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, and a member of the Nursing2008 editorial advisory board. Meet Ms. Brooke, who's speaking at the Nursing2008 Symposium in Las Vegas, Nev., March 18 to 21, 2008. Assisting physician Politics or patient care?
Yesterday, the patient census in our medical/surgical unit was unexpectedly high, and I started passing the afternoon medications later than I should have. While I was administering meds, a physician asked me to stay with a patient during a procedure. He wasn't my patient, so I said I needed to finish passing meds first but I'd be happy to help after I finished. The physician walked off in a huff—and apparently reported me.
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This morning my director of nursing (DON) called me in and read me the riot act for not dropping what I was doing to help the ...