Even if I am not particularly busy, and the patient is not that critical, I still don't know all the answers that a floor nurse likes to write down on a piece of paper.
It is not part of my job to know these things, and I don't waste my time memorizing details that are already written down somewhere. For example, I don't know what the last vitals were, but they are charted in the computer. And, if they were relevant, I would know them. It is irrelevant to me whether the SBP is 130 or 150. If it is clinically significant, I'll mention it. If it is something I treated, I will know the pretreatment SBP, as well as the response to treatment.
I have found that it actually saves time if I pull up the ER doc dictation, or the admitting doc H and P. Then, I spout off an abbreviated version of something that is easily accessible to the other nurse. If they ask a question not covered, I will sometimes say- "I don't know- would you like me to look that up?" (in the chart we both have equal access to.) They generally miss the irony, and wait, pen in hand, so I can read something aloud as they write it down.
While I believe this is an absurd waste of time, it actually can save time and avoid ruffling feathers.
In general, I think a lengthy verbal report is an out of date vestige of the pre-computer era. I think it is a dangerous game of telephone, (maybe I am dating myself by mentioning this old game.) and the practice should be banished. In what other industry is critical information electronically documented, then verbally communicated so it can be hand written?
And, yes, I clearly get the message sometimes that I must be a slacker because I don't do my job the way a floor nurse does hers or his. This is weird to me. I completely accept that their job is different from mine, and don't expect them to think the way I do.