I'm a nurse who recently had a patient who was in the hospital for seven days waiting on a surgery. Every day the surgeon would come in and say "not today, maybe tomorrow." One morning I read the notes from the previous shift and there's a note from the surgeon that says " I have personally seen, interviewed and examined the patient." I ask the patient "oh, so the surgeon saw you last night. What did he say?" Turns out the surgeon never actually saw the patient. I believe the patient because 1) she's a very experienced nurse herself who had been waiting all day and night for the surgeon to come in. She wouldn't forget if he was there; and 2) he wrote the note at 19:15. I had been on the floor all day, and didn't leave until 19:40. If the surgeon had been in, I would have seen him.
I mentioned it to the PA from the surgery service the next day and she confirmed that he had never been there. Who can I go to to report this without ruining my own career? We all know that surgeons carry a lot of weight in the hospital.
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