Can this nurse be fired for this?

Ok. I don't really know how to put this. I work in a nursing home. And a disturbing event happened today and I am not really sure what to do about it. I dont know what the *right* thing to do would be. I walked in on a resident chocking himself (on purpose) with his oxygen cord. He is very sick and as I took the oxygen cord away from him he told me that he was in pain and just wanted it to be over. that he wanted to die. So I found my nurse (she was at lunch) and explained the situation to her. ( 2 of her nurse friends were with her.. ) she told me to take the cord away from him and that he would be fine, she also said *well, hes on hospice ANYWAYS* she wasnt worried about it at all...... One of her nurse friends wasnt even paying attention. The other one told me to tell him that he WAS dying. I told her that he KNEW that he was dying. They basically told me to get back to work and leave them alone. so I went to get a second opinion from another nurse. The nurse checked out the situation and told me to tell my nurse to give him some meds. so my nurse got back and saw that her med book had been looked at. and she yelled at me and told me that she had already taken care of the situation and that it was wrong of me to undermine her decision. she reprimanded me in front of my co-worker and 2 of my residents. Should I go to my DNS and tell her what happened?? I dont think that I should just forget about it.. because since nothing was done about it, if he succeeds in killing himself then I could get into a lot of trouble. And I care about this resident. Lori, even if he didnt have the *strength* to kill himself with the oxygen tubing, it is STILL a suicide attempt. I went to My DNS, and she told me that I was NOT undermining her authority. and that the situation would be dealt with accordingly. My DNS told me that what the nurse did was heartless and wrong.

Asked By: Deena H - 7/19/2010
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Not only can she be fired, she can lose her license and possibly even be fined or jailed. You should report this to the DNS. As a hospice nurse myself, I am deeply offended by the lack of caring shown by these nurses towards one of their patients. Patient safety should always be of utmost importance for everyone in a... More
Answered By: redhotsillypepper - 7/20/2010
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Yes. Tell someone. She'll try and make your life hell for it, but you're protected under retaliation laws, so she can get fired if she treats you any different for going to her superior. You did the right thing.
Answered By: Bonnie - 7/20/2010
You did undermine her decision. it was not your place. it would not be possible for someone to choke ( I assume that's what you meant by "chocking") themselves with oxygen tubing.
Answered By: Lori - 7/20/2010
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