My First Time Paging a Doc: I freaked out! - page 2

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    I deleted the post because it was mega long and I was rambling on and on.

    I was nervous because I wasn't sure if I was doing the right thing...it's along story.

    It all worked out in the end.

    Scrbuz, I was once a CNA in a hospital too and it's not that I am afraid of doctors. What I was afraid of is my lack of experience and nursing knowledge. I was doing an assessment of a resident who was fine the day before and that morning I heard an arrythmia, her bp had went from 140/90 the day before to 180/100, and she was in pain. I reported it to the staff nurse and she blew me off...I then went to my CI and she came to check during rounds. She agreed with my findings and told me to page the doctor after she confirmed that I had reported to the nurse and nothing was done.

    I couldn't understand why the staff nurse didn't follow up and I was thinking that since she is the one who works there and knows the residents that maybe I was making a mountain out of a molehill.

    On the one hand I know what I heard and saw but I am not experienced so I doubt myself and the staff nurse blowing me off makes me feel foolish. On the other hand if I don't act and something terrible happens than I am responsible for not making a stink. The only feedback I got from my CI was that the patient is my responsibility and if something went unreported that we would be up the creek but I wanted her to explain what was going on.

    That was the dilemma, I was afraid the doctor was going to say I was wasting his time.
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    I deleted the post because it was mega long and I was rambling on and on.

    I was nervous because I wasn't sure if I was doing the right thing...it's along story.

    It all worked out in the end.

    Scrbuz, I was once a CNA in a hospital too and it's not that I am afraid of doctors. What I was afraid of is my lack of experience and nursing knowledge. I was doing an assessment of a resident who was fine the day before and that morning I heard an arrythmia, her bp had went from 140/90 the day before to 180/100, and she was in pain. I reported it to the staff nurse and she blew me off...I then went to my CI and she came to check during rounds. She agreed with my findings and told me to page the doctor after she confirmed that I had reported to the nurse and nothing was done.

    I couldn't understand why the staff nurse didn't follow up and I was thinking that since she is the one who works there and knows the residents that maybe I was making a mountain out of a molehill.

    On the one hand I know what I heard and saw but I am not experienced so I doubt myself and the staff nurse blowing me off makes me feel foolish. On the other hand if I don't act and something terrible happens than I am responsible for not making a stink. The only feedback I got from my CI was that the patient is my responsibility and if something went unreported that we would be up the creek but I wanted her to explain what was going on.

    That was the dilemma, I was afraid the doctor was going to say I was wasting his time.
    I probably would have done the same thing. I think it's good to build good report with the doctors you'll be working with. But I don't think I'd ever put a pt's health in jeporady just because I didn't want to bother a doctor about it.

    Maybe some of it has to do with that I'm a guy and my thing is that I respect others but I don't bow down to them. Even if they're the top neurosurgeon in the world, they're still human just like everyone else.
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    I have not yet had to call a doctor and I'm not sure how I will react! I'm sure I will be scared!


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