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8 Things Nurses Should Never Say to Doctors

Marijke Durning | NursingLink

6. Call at 0300 — “Doctor, I know you don’t have Mr. ABC, but do you think the Vancomycin I gave him three days ago could have caused his creatinine to bump?”


There are two things very wrong with this question:

1. It’s a non-emergency question, one that shouldn’t be a middle-of-the night phone call to any doctor. Plus, although it’s always a good idea to question why (or how) your patients are reacting to something, chances are you could have found this answer on your own with a bit of research, or asked other nurses on staff.

2. The doctor doesn’t know the patient. Any time you call a doctor about a patient he doesn’t know (especially at 3 a.m.), there’d better be a good reason – like an emergency!

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