I am a new nurse working on a medical floor. There was recently a situation at work where another nurse's patient had a sudden change in condition that seemed alarming enough to me to warrant calling a rapid response, but this was not done. I witnessed the pt's condition because I was at the pt's bedside assisting in his care while his RN paged/called the MD and did other things outside the room. I asked the pt's nurse more than once if we should just call a rapid response, but I was basically ignored.
After much delay, the pt was transferred to ICU, but I do not know the outcome after that. Had we called a rapid response, I do know the pt would have been assessed/treated by the MD and rapid response team immediately and the transfer would have occurred without delay.
I do not want to be a busybody who interferes with how other nurses care for their patients, I don't want to step on the toes of my coworkers, and I don't want to be a "know it all" that questions the actions of more experienced nurses. That said, I am very disturbed by the situation I witnessed because I honestly feel that the patient received poor care. I am also very confused about what my role is in such situations since I was not the patient's nurse.
Has anyone been in a situation like this, and if so, how do you handle it?