This took the cake

  1. So after my co-worker and I had been working 12 hours, we are waiting for Dr Brilliant to get started with his 1730 case(It is NOW 1845). So he calls recovery room and asks for one of us to run back to the lounge and check the Laker game score for him!!! I tell my co-worker "This is out of the nurses scope and I am NOT going!" If the circulator wants to do this she can be my guest. I WILL do MANY favors and help them all I can, but I am not a handmaiden or this guys mommy. She told him no by the way and guess what? He survived(so did the patient )
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Lawd Almighty, that does take the cake. :angryfire


    So glad you refused to do it!
  4. by   nurseunderwater
    come on....doesn't his boom box have AM radio :chuckle:
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    You know Laker scores ALWAYS come before the pts.!!! Jeez, when will people learn LOL.


    (No that really wasn't funny that Dr. Moron would even call and ask anyone to do that.)
  6. by   webbiedebbie
    Perhaps he was betting on the game and was hoping to add to his "income"!
  7. by   sharann
    Quote from webbiedebbie
    Perhaps he was betting on the game and was hoping to add to his "income"!
  8. by   carcha
    Yeah, had one ask me to phone his wife and check when the restaurant reservation was for again. Wont be asking me to do that again!
  9. by   stevierae
    Quote from sharann
    So after my co-worker and I had been working 12 hours, we are waiting for Dr Brilliant to get started with his 1730 case(It is NOW 1845). So he calls recovery room and asks for one of us to run back to the lounge and check the Laker game score for him!!! I tell my co-worker "This is out of the nurses scope and I am NOT going!" If the circulator wants to do this she can be my guest. I WILL do MANY favors and help them all I can, but I am not a handmaiden or this guys mommy. She told him no by the way and guess what? He survived(so did the patient )
    Well, the guy did ASK, after all; it's not like he demanded. I have to say wherever I have worked, the nurses and the docs are all pretty casual and friendly with each other; if I wasn't busy and had the time and IF I FELT LIKE IT it wouldn't bother me to run back and check on a score or call someone's wife or anything else. Heck, we probably would have had the game on in my room in the first place on the radio, so it wouldn't have been an issue.

    Gosh, I've asked residents and attendings to make phone calls for me when they happened into a room where I was scrubbed with one of their colleagues, and they did it, no problem. I guess I have been really, really lucky to always work where the nurses and surgeons were a team. We had to stick together against our mutual enemy, management, who has an entirely different agenda than we do.
  10. by   shodobe
    I have answered pagers, phone calls, made phone calls, called the floors for docs, ran down the hall to check, yes Laker scores, called docs homes to give messages to the wife, everything. NO PROBLEM! I am paid no matter what I am really doing and I have always been asked, not directed, to make a call. All of the surgeons I work with are my friends and they would do the same for me if asked. I only will answer pagers when I get a free moment and they all know this. I will only bother them with important pages and usually know what they want to know now. I don't see it as an issue, at least to me. Everyone has their priorities. Mike
  11. by   suzanne4
    I definitely have to side with Steph and Mike on this one. The patient is always going to be the prioity, like finishing a sponge count before changing the CD. If I am not busy right at that moment, then why not?
    All of us normally work together as a team, at leat any of the ORs that I have been involved with.

  12. by   angel03
    Quote from suzanne4
    I definitely have to side with Steph and Mike on this one. The patient is always going to be the prioity, like finishing a sponge count before changing the CD. If I am not busy right at that moment, then why not?
    All of us normally work together as a team, at leat any of the ORs that I have been involved with.

    :angel2::angel2::angel2: I have been accused as "a suck up" because I also feel that if the doc needs to know the score of a game or he needs his wife called I will do it for him when it is appropiate....ofcourse if the pt is hemorrhaging or arresting that is certianly not the priority......It is my belief that the OR team has a special relationship.....I see no harm in keeping the surgeon happy during his/her case....the atmosphere is calmer and the surgery goes so much smother with a content surgeon....so why not.....I am a concentious nurse and my patient always comes first...I have earned the respect of my surgeons......they know I give my all....we work as a team.....so if that is "a suck up" so be it.......:angel2::angel2::angel2::angel2:
    by the way the ones that roll their eyes and refuse are usually pretty lazy...the excuse not in my scope of practice......they don't do any thing extra to include helping their peers........
  13. by   stevierae
    Quote from angel03
    :angel2::angel2::angel2: :
    by the way the ones that roll their eyes and refuse are usually pretty lazy...the excuse not in my scope of practice......they don't do any thing extra to include helping their peers........
    That's exactly right--they do the absolute MINIMUM to get by; just enough to keep from getting fired. Then they get mad because other people--who are simply doing their JOBS--make them look bad.

    Or, they THINK that other people make them look bad--in reality, everyone is on to them and how lazy they are--they do a pretty damned good job of making THEMSELVES look bad.
  14. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    It all depends on the person doing the asking, really.

    Some things I will do for certain people, because they treat others well and have earned my respect. For those who treat others poorly, I never do any extra things for them.
    For example, when a nasty, hateful NM asked me to get her a cup of coffee, I pretended I did not hear her.
    For a kind boss, I have offered to get her a cup when I was going to get one for myself.

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