Let me just say I have respect for most nurses and this story does not represent my feelings toward the whole. Get called to a nursing home for an unresponsive. found 85 y/o F with serious pallor in apparent respiratory arrest on a CPAP, lying in bed with two nurses beside her. MOLST above bed. me: whats going on with the pt?, does she have a distal pulse? nurse: uhhhh obviously she has a pulse...why do you think we called you? me: *checks carotid, pt is cold, takes a better look at the MOLST as partner is getting leads ready* (DNR, but ok to ventilate if pulse is still present) ALS partner: *checks carotid, hooks up monitor* ALS partner: asystole guys... nurses: that cant be. this doesnt make sense. ALS: if you thought she had a pulse, why didnt you ventilate? nurse: she was breathing! ALS: *contacts telemetry for permission to call it, calls it* nurse: *stares off into distance* Pt's roomate: *looks at us then back at nurses, then back at us in horror*...poor guy.