Friday, March 18, 2016

Compassionate Delegation

One of my patients this week was a small baby with a high fever. Since she was too fussy to accept anything by mouth, the doctor prescribed a Tylenol suppository. I got the med from pharmacy, then went to the travelling float nurse who was working with me that night, and asked her to administer it to the patient.

She scoffed at me. "What's the matter? Scared of a little baby poop? You can't go trying to push off the scut work on me just because I'm from the float pool. I'm sure you've given suppositories before. Don't ask me to do your work for you."

I said, "No, of course not. That's not the issue. It's just that I wear size 8.5 gloves."

She thought about that for a minute. Then she went and gave the Tylenol.