I worked today and work again tomorrow so… no knitting was done. But I did have an interesting day at work. Now, maybe some of you won’t understand this post because it’s mostly about being chewed out by a doctor. Nurses unfortunately I think will relate too well.
A doctor wanted to discharge a patient. I talked to her about the patient’s condition including his wacky blood sugar and blood pressure readings. She was really short with me and just asked if his adenosine stress test was finished. I told her that it was performed at noon and that the results weren’t posted yet. She told me that she’d write discharge orders and that i could let the patient go after the test results came back normal. So, I called her at 4 to tell her that the results came it. She didn’t call me back until 5 pm when I was with another patient. I answered the phone as soon as I could and as I said hello, she said I took too long and hung up on me. I let a few minutes go by and called her back to read the results to her. She told me to check with another doc and then he could go home. So the other doc cleared him. I proceeded to type up the paperwork and found that the two docs had written prescriptions that listed the same drugs but different doses. On top of that, the woman doc had one med that no one (including all the nurses and the pharmacist) could read. So I called her to clarify. She barked back that I needed to use hers. Then I asked her about the illegible med. She yelled on the phone that she was tired of my questions and she hung up on me again.
Now that I think about it, I should have called her back and told her that I refused to discharge her patient until she provided for his safety by reading back the drug to me. The charge nurse told me that it was probably a multivitamin because he was an alcoholic. Can you believe how rude this doc was? I was just trying to ensure this patient’s safety and she told me that she wouldn’t answer my questions. I asked around and all the nurses thought I should get this doc written up. I will… when I go back to work tomorrow. It’s just scary to me thinking that there are doctors like this who are willing to compromise their patient’s safety like that. I decided that the next doctor that does that to me won’t get their patient’s discharged until they clarify their orders. Maybe then, their handwriting will become more legible. Doctors are supposed to be smart people. Too bad there are some that are stupid when it comes to communication.