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  •  There may be some mis-communication here. (2+ / 0-)
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    mrkvica, chimene

    Company policy? Is their policy to call 911 for any major medical event? Because the type of facility is not a medical setting and doesn't have medical staff, the "nurse" being a stepped up housekeeper (no offense intended)? Is the DNR order wrapped up in that phrase "company policy" and no one unwrapped it?
    I must admit that hearing that company policy prevented life saving action was very provoking, but when the details come out, it sounds to me like the nurse did what she and the patient's family thought was best. And she was backed up by the company policy and the DNR.
    The 911 dispatcher also did what she thought was right, but not having all the information (and possibly adequate training) and not being on the scene, was a little off base (not much and not reprehensibly).
    I have several friends that work in nursing homes as CNAs. They seem to periodically have to leave the job and go do other things for a few months or years, because of the horror of watching these patients dissolve. They basically tell of working a long drawn out hospice job with the false hope of "living", that many of their patients, in their moments of lucidity, beg to be eased out and that's against company policy (and the law) for these young women to comply.
    I can only imagine that when she went home that night, it wasn't with any kind of smug or selfrighteous or happy mood. Even when you do right in this kind of a situation, it's rough, and then to have the media and the rest of the world witness your worst day at work, pick it apart without having been there, vilify you, even compare you to a Nazi prison guard, that would define having a bad day.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 04:43:02 AM PST

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