Call The Doctor

  1. At the hospital where I work, surgeons will consult a hospitalist or a medical physician for medical management of their patients while in the hospital. One physician that is frequently consulted for medical management prefers to be called via his cell phone rather than a pager, answering service, or office phone.
    There was a new nurse working our unit that admitted a patient from surgery and had a list of home meds that needed reordered. She asked the unit secretary to please page the medical consult. The secretary informed this nurse that that physician requests that he be contacted through his cell phone. The new nurse then began opening cabinets and pulling out drawers at the nurse's station. When the secretary asked her what she was looking for, the nurse replied, "I'm looking for his cell phone."
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