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8 Things Nurses Should Never Say to Doctors

Marijke Durning | NursingLink

4. “I knew he was an aortic aneurysm/pulmonary embolism/[fill-in-the-blank] as soon as he came through the door.” [Usually said after the patient crashes.]


You know the saying: “Hindsight is 20/20.” It’s easy to be smart and observant when we look back on what happened. Too bad we don’t have those insights when the crisis is actually occurring!

Of course, when we’ve been on the job for a while, we do get a sense of who and what is coming through the door. We can see a patient and mentally think, “Hmm, this looks like….” and many times we’re right. But many times we’re wrong too, and human nature being what it is, we may just forget those times.

If we have the time while we’re working with the patient, and it’s appropriate, we might voice our suspicions to the doctor. But don’t forget, when a patient has crashed, the doctor often feels like she’s failed. For us to say, “Yeah, I knew he was….” after the fact, is only rubbing salt in the wound. And it may just make you sound like a know-it-all.

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