My First Time Paging a Doc: I freaked out!

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    Last edit by Lovely_RN on May 4, '07
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  4. Visit  AllyRN82 profile page
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    :spin: I know exactly how you feel. I freaked out my first time..which was my only time so far. I'm hoping that feeling fades as my confidence increases. Good luck to you At least we got to have our first time as students so maybe when we become RNs, it will be a breeze
  5. Visit  Ivana RN-BC profile page
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    I am dreading that time. I think I will freeze and just not know what to say.
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    Quote from kiyatylese
    I am dreading that time. I think I will freeze and just not know what to say.
    kiyatylese - Congratulations on graduating!!! (It says under your name May '07). The Pediatric Transplant Unit? Wow- what an amazing opportunity. I wish you the best of luck! It says you're in Texas? Which hospital? If you don't mind sharing. I am in Dallas and want to work at Childrens Dallas
    Last edit by AllyRN82 on May 5, '07 : Reason: added question
  7. Visit  Ivana RN-BC profile page
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    Quote from faceinbooks82
    kiyatylese - Congratulations on graduating!!! (It says under your name May '07). The Pediatric Transplant Unit? Wow- what an amazing opportunity. I wish you the best of luck! It says you're in Texas? Which hospital? If you don't mind sharing. I am in Dallas and want to work at Childrens Dallas
    Thank you. I can't believe it myself.
    It is Children's Medical Center in Dallas:hatparty: . I am so happy that I got that job, because it was my first choice.
  8. Visit  jill48 profile page
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    Don't be scared. This is what you do. Have all the information written down right in front of you when you call. Also have the chart with you. Anticipate what the doctor may ask you and be ready with the answers. Be self assured and remember that you are trained for this and you can do it. I promise it WILL get easier. Keep up the good work.
  9. Visit  Scrubz profile page
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    Right now I'm just a CNA at a hospital, but I don't know why people freak out when they're around doctors. Apart from their occupation, they're human just like everyone else. I could see a doctor getting pissy when you call him while he's on call in the middle of the night to tell him something that they didn't need to know, but if you call for something that's important, it's their job to know.

    I've never had to deal with a doctor like nurses have to deal with doctors. Not yet anyway. But I'm not going to let doctors intimidate me, they're not my boss just because they went to school longer than me. Doctors give orders to nurses because the nurses are the ones who spend most of the time dealing with the patients, but they shouldn't act superior or flat out boss them around. I respect them though, just like I repsect everyone else I work with.

    There's my rant for the day.
  10. Visit  sissiesmama profile page
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    Hey Falon! Ths happens to almost any nurse, whether LPN or RN.
    I finished LPN school in 1991 and finished rn school in 1997.

    When I have that happen to me, or my husband who is also an RN, I try to imagine the doc in his underwear!!! I know it souds silly to some people, but it has helped me from bursting out in tears more than once!!

    Good luck, and fel free to pm if u need anything.

    Anne RNC
  11. Visit  cherokeesummer profile page
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    Is something wrong with me? All I see is ... in the OP, no words?
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    Quote from cherokeesummer
    Is something wrong with me? All I see is ... in the OP, no words?
    That's all I see too, but I am just responding to the header.
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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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    Quote from Falon
    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.
  15. Visit  cherokeesummer profile page
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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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