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8 Things Nurses Should Never Say to Doctors

Marijke Durning | NursingLink

8. “I know you said to call you if there was a problem, but I wasn’t sure this was serious enough yet.”


It’s a dilemma: You think your patient is going sour, but you’re not sure if you should call the doctor yet. After all, what if you’re wrong and your patient is fine? Chances are, the doctor wants a call while the problem is manageable.

How can you work around this? Use your resources around you first. Ask your colleagues – maybe they know more about the patient’s health than you do, or they’ve experienced a similar situation. If your colleagues can’t help you, it’s time to try your nurse manager or nursing supervisor, depending on the shift and available resources. Then, if you’re still not sure, that’s when you may have to call the doctor.

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