It is expected that nurses exercise reasonable judgment/ sound discretion in carrying out doctor's orders and if life of patient is endangered, liable for criminal negligence of reckless imprudence.
- It should be accepted by the nurse only in extreme emergency. If the nurse is to receive a telephone order, the following should be done:
- Read back the order to the doctor to ensure that the order has been correctly received.
- Write the physician's name and one's name and sign, note the time.
- Make sure that the ordering physician signs his name as soon as he arrives.