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Joined Oct 18, '07 - from 'Australia'. Scrubby is a Clinical Nurse. She has '6' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Operating Room Nursing'. Posts: 1,392 (51% Liked) Likes: 2,122

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  • Dec 31 '16

    A good scout should always be paying attention to the needs of the scrub team. For example, If we're doing a laparoscopic case and things are going pear shaped then they should be prepared for the patient to be opened up. Sponges, suction, ties, sutures, laparotomy retractors etc.

    If the surgeon needs an instrument or something and it's not on the back table then the scout should be listening and anticipating what will be required. I hate having to repeat everything that the surgeon asks for, it's like playing monkey's telephone.

    One thing I loathe is the scout nurse interrupting the surgeon while he is operating to dictate some irrelevant phone message. If it's not urgent then why are you being a secretary? It's OR etiquette to ask the scrub nurse if it's ok to interrupt. I have a very strict rule in my OR that phone calls are not our responsibility. Did you study to become a nurse or a secretary?

  • Oct 19 '16

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    Bingo. If this wasn't the admitting physician, there was no reason to call that late. It's just completely inappropriate. This isn't a case of a "rude doctor", it's a rude nurse. Would the OP have called a family member that late to ask the same question? And I wonder, if a telemarketer had called the OP that late, if maybe they wouldn't have done a little yelling too?
    I completely disagree with your comments TiredMD.

    For starters your comparing a nurse who is concerned about a patient's medication to a telemarketer. Do I need to explain the difference to you?

    And the OP wasn't being rude. They wanted to do the right thing by their patient and they were following the hospital policy.

    This is a case of a rude doctor. Yelling and screaming at someone is rude behaviour, or at least it is where I come from.

    The OP is a new nurse and will learn when to call a doctor late and when it can wait until morning. Bad behaviour by doctors is hardly a great way to go about retaining graduate nurses.

    Oh and as for yelling doctors well I either turn my back on them, hang up the phone, sometimes I even laugh in their face. But I never apologise or act submissive...EVER.

  • Mar 9 '16

    Anyway you should not become a nurse if your too judgemental. Of course nurses are entitled to personal opinions but as we live in a diverse society we should respect other peoples values and belief systems.

    You should not become a nurse if you have no idea what nursing is about. Do your research first to see if nursing is for you. It's not glamourous like Grey's Anatomy it is hard work and a lot of stress and tears.

    You should not become a nurse if you cannot stick up for yourself. Nurses need to be assertive so we can advocate for our patients. Research also shows that there is lateral violence in nursing and if you don't want to be the next meal you have to be able to stand up for youself.



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