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5 Rules to Follow When Working With Doctors

Kathy Quan | NursingLink

Keep it Short

Rule #1: Keep it Short

One of the first and fast rules to learn is that a doctor’s time is very precious. Don’t waste it, or you may not live to understand why. Be prepared when approaching a doctor; if your patient needs something, such as different pain medication, come armed with all the information the doctor may need and then some, in order to make an informed decision.

For example, you gave the patient a prn pain medication almost an hour ago, and he is still complaining of 8/10 pain. He’s insisting you call the doctor and get something else ordered right now. Don’t walk out of the room, call the doctor and say, “Your patient, Mr. Smith is asking me to call you for additional pain medication orders.” The doctor will be inclined to have your head first! He needs information, and if you’re not prepared to provide it, look out!

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