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    I am a pediatric home health nurse. I took the child I keep along with the parents to the doctor the other day. In report I told the on coming nurse the doctors plans and what the doctor had said.Well, later that day the mom planned to tell the nurse about the visit and the nurse said she “heard it in report”. I received 3 nasty text messages from the mom. Heard more about it when I got back to work. And now the dad said that I was gossiping and that I have no right saying anything to the other nurses that is not day to day related to this child. ie he pooped….etc. Just wondering did I do wrong???


    You have the right to report anything the oncoming nurse needs to perform their job. If that includes something the doctor said, that needs to be in the report. The minimal necessary information required by oncoming nurse is what you have the right to give.

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    You get too close to treat some people too well, and they step all over you. Why were you taking the child to the doctor, and not the parents?

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    Sounds like you did nothing wrong. It’s likely the only way to prevent this from happening is if the family is involved in some manner in your report. I guess it would be similar to the bedside rounding we do in the acute care setting.

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