Sun 1 Feb, 2009 07:25 am
Why are Nurses responsible for MD's
I work on a crisis intervention/ stabilization psych unit in a hospital. The hospital has a policy in which the MD must write or renew precaution orders on a daily basis for suicidal patients. The precaution sticker is on the physician order form and ALL they have to do is check a box and sign.
The nurses have a whole check sheet to do as well as timed visual observations. The nurses also have other patients, meds, notes, admissions, discharges, order transcriptions and no unit secretary,,,so constant answering of the phones!
The MD's have been lax in using the sticker form so the hospital's solution to the MD negligence problem is to now have the nurse call the MD if he fails to write this daily order. WHY DO NURSES ALLOW THIS NONSENSE???
What can the nurse do to put the responsibility back on the MD and not have to chase them around or make several calls to them?
docs are the same all over the world i'm afraid. as it is their duty they should be the ones hauled over the coals and made sure they do it, either that or pass the duty to the nurses who won't like that.
why do some docs think they are above the rules and don't have to do these things? do you have a body that is over the docs that you can complain to? at least by calling them over and over and demanding that they come back and do it is a good thing. they will soon get fed up and ensure they do it correctly.