Not joking at all. Yes you conduct an “independent assessment” ie: check blood pressure, temperature and normal vital signs, a whopping 5 minutes of work that a basic EMT can do….“make recommendations” ummmm, okay, great, make that recommendation to the DOCTOR and he/she will have the final say on it, not you…..“intervene without an MD order” the only procedure you can intervene in without an order is during a cardiac arrest situation. Nurses are certified in ACLS to handle this incident without an MD for the first 10 minutes. This happening in a hospital setting is very rare, unlike a Paramedic handling these calls frequently in the field, so relax hero……Yes, more doctors will speed up an ER. Two or three doctors at NARH ER handling 14 patients will move them faster versus one…..Wow, nurses do documentation? Congratulations on being an administrative assistant also!.......”administer the medications” Yup, you administer the medication the DOCTOR prescribed, because you’re a nurse and can prescribe nothing…..“perform most of the interventions” I assume you’re speaking about an EKG which takes a total of approximately one minute to obtain a reading (it takes longer to set it up) well RN, who reads that EKG? Yup you guessed it, the DOCTOR. Or maybe you’re talking about setting up an I.V. now that takes a competent nurse about five minutes. So yes, you set it up, and now you wait for the DOCTOR to tell you what to put in it….“provide the discharge instructions” Yes you do, you read exactly what the DOCTOR instructed the patient to do. And when those question they ask require a more detailed answer, you go fetch the DOCTOR because you’re not qualified or allowed to answer them. That is unless you’re not concerned about the lawsuit when your medical answer isn’t necessarily correct and the patient becomes even more ill, injured or worse,,,,,’cause you’re not a DOCTOR.
You’re not speaking to someone who doesn’t know the game, im an insider and here’s a suggestion, if you want to actually perform the procedures you pretend you can, go back to school and become a DOCTOR. In the meantime, next time you’re felling sick, I bet you call a DOCTOR, not a nurse.