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No I worked for a home care agency but my dtr's ob/gyn ordered a blood test for her. They stated that I needed a "verbal order" to home draw my own daughter and that telling the nurse at ob/gyn office that i was going to do it did not constitute a verbal order from the doctor. I believe as long as there was an order for the blood test, it would not matter who drew it or how it got to the lab. especially if drawn by a licensed person such as myself.
Thank you for your follow-up, Tammy.My apologies but as much as it pains me to say this, the home care agency is correct. Because you were their employee at the time, any medical services you provided would be covered under their agency liability. Furthermore, they are likewise correct that simply telling the office that you would perform the test without an express request from the doctor would not be deemed an 'order' since that decision to draw blood would be yours and not the doctor's. That, unfortunately, is failing to follow proper protocol and grants them the right to claim that you were terminated 'for cause'. Your only defense may be to claim the doctor suggested that you draw the blood, which would turn it into an order, but beyond that only a doctor can order a blood test and it would not a decision a nurse can make on her own, unless she is a nurse practitioner.Good luck.
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