April 2004, Volume 34 Number 4 , p 14 - 14
© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(4) April 2004 p 14 Walking on thin ice [LEGAL QUESTIONS: OVERRIDING HOSPITAL POLICY]
BROOKE, PENNY SIMPSON APRN, MS, JD
Penny Simpson Brooke is a professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing in Salt Lake City. She's also on the board of directors and president of the foundation of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Meet Ms. Brooke, who's speaking at the Nursing2004 Symposium in Las Vegas, Nev., April 13 to 16, 2004.
The hospital where I work has a policy that says pregnant women coming in for admission or testing, no matter how far along they are or why they're here, must ride in a wheelchair to the appropriate department. The other day, a woman who was 7 months pregnant came in for a fetal ultrasound. She wasn't in labor or in pain, and all our wheelchairs were elsewhere at ...