Is it legal for a nurse to refuse or postpone a temperature check on a child when requested by a parent?
Question Details: My daughter was admired to the hospital due to high fever. When shift change happened a new nurse came in and was very rude. However, aside from that, she denied/postponed the request me and her mother made for her temperature to be checked. She replied with, "I'll do it later, I'm only making rounds to let everyone know who I am and that Im here". Is this legal?
Yes, it is legal. The parent is not the nurse's employer or supervisor and has no authority over the nurse. The nurse's duty is to follower her employer's (e.g. the hospital's) instructions and procedures and to also do what is medically reasonable or appropriate. She does not need to check temperature because a parent asked her, because a parental request does not make doing so medically necessary.
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