LEGAL QUESTIONS: Not walking the walk

December 2005 
Volume 35  Number 12
Pages 28 - 28
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 I've just started a job at a private hospital where staff shortages are worse than at the large teaching hospital I left. Yesterday, as I was struggling to find time to ambulate one of my patients as ordered, a colleague said, “Tell the physician you don't have time. She'll grouse at you, but if you stand firm, she'll write an order for a physical therapist to come in and ambulate the patient.

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