Chapter  5: Nursing and Ethics

Section 1. Case Presentation

A nurse is instructed by a physician to give an amount of a medication that is ten times the appropriate dosage according to the PDR (Physicians Desk Reference). When the nurse questions the physician's order , the nurse is reprimanded for challenging the doctor and told to follow instructions. Should the nurse administer the dose as written? What should the nurse do and why? To whom is the nurse responsible?

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