A coworker and myself were discussing this on my last shift. I had paged the on call doctor for orders for a new admission, having already received orders for the basic admit orders ( vitals, normal prn's things like that) Normally if we are getting a few admissions at once the doc will order these "standing orders" for everyone and then we will call to get other things that we need.
An hour later, he still had not called back, but in the meantime, I had taken a referral from another hospital that I knew I was going to have to contact him about once I got all the information on the patient from the referring hospital. None of the patients medications that I was calling about were going to be given until the morning, so they did not miss a dose of anything.
I paged doc again and the nurse I was with was freaking out because she thought I was going to leave her with all of this to clean up. I told her repeatedly I was going to give him 20 mins to return my call and then call his cell. Was not going to leave anything for her to clean up. She kept telling me I should call him.
Yes waiting the hour after the first page was a long time to wait and if I did not have to contact him about the referal I would have repaged, then called earlier, but I was trying to get the most done in the least amount of calls, which is what we have been asked to do. I felt that the 20 mins after my 2nd page was an appropriate amount of time to wait before calling his cell. If I had not been calling for orders and just calling about the referral I would have paged, waited 10, paged again, waited 10 and then called, so still about 20 mins.
So how long do you all wait for the doctor to return your call before using other methods.