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8 Things Nurses Should Never Say to Doctors

Marijke Durning | NursingLink

7. “I know you said you wanted to hold his blood pressure meds, but I went ahead and gave them anyway.”


We know that nurses don’t always agree with doctors’ orders. But when we don’t agree with an order – or we don’t understand it – it’s important to question it.

Don’t ask, “Why did you order that?” in an accusatory way, but in a professional manner: “I don’t understand the order; could you explain the rationale so I can have a better understanding?”

If you go ahead and do what you think is right, you’re putting your patient’s health at risk and you’re putting yourself at risk, legally speaking. Situations like these are why some doctors question a nurse’s judgment and have a hard time treating them as colleagues.

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