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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.”

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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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    pswaide

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I just had a conversation with one of our NP's this weekend about how often this is happening. As a clinical instructor, I am sharing this with my students.

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    marina_dilbone1

    over 3 years ago

    26 comments

    Some good points-but sometimes my "colleagues" have reported me to charge nurses and managers for asking for a second opinion at 6 in the morning-I always feel better asking and will always err on the side of caution but I should not have to wonder if I ask someone should I call if they will report me that I SHOULD KNOW TO CALL-am a travel nurse-enjoy for the most part except for power struggles like that

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    arcadia55

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I do not like calling the doctor late in the evening or early in the morning. But one thing this whole article is not recognizing is the fact that especially in long term care, because of the policies kiin place, the nurse must call no matter how trivial. I know that to be a fact especially in Michigan, we nurses had to call in any and all abnormal labs no matter how slight the difference in values were, and we could not allow anything at all go until the next morning, did not matter if all Mr Brown had a slight head cold or that Mrs. Smiths ua came back positive for a ua, and she was asymptomatic. It could have waited until the next morning, but no because the result was received at 1am, we still had to call the doc.

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    ccolburn

    over 3 years ago

    2016 comments

    Sometimes as Nures we make mistakes this is some Great advice!

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    Inara

    over 3 years ago

    64 comments

    good advice, especially for new nurses! It's true, people don't think much of nurses, but sometimes, we make mistakes too!

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