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8 Things Nurses Should Never Say to Doctors

Marijke Durning | NursingLink

2. Call at 0315 —
Nurse: “Doctor, Ms. ABC, the patient with asthma, is short of breath and isn’t feeling well.”
Doctor: “What are her O2 sat and vital signs?”
Nurse: “I don’t know. I didn’t check them. I thought I’d call you first.”


It’s quite surprising how many nurses call doctors to report a problem but they don’t have any information at the ready. If you’re going to call the doctor (in the wee hours of the morning especially), he needs to know as much about the patient’s current status as possible; that’s Nursing 101. Document your assessment, have an up-to-date chart on hand, and unless it’s an emergency, make sure you’ve done everything in your power before picking up the phone at 0315.

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