Calling the doctor

Nurses General Nursing


Hi everyone I know this sounds stupid and I'm embarrassed for even asking but I'm a new lpn nurse I work in a ltc facility and when it comes to calling the doctor I get really nervous. Esp when it goes to voicemail I don't want to pause or messing up. Let's say labs came in for a resident whether the values are normal or abnormal how can I say it without messing up? I want to sound professional. Also with family members when a fall happens. Thanks!!

Specializes in Dialysis.

when I was new (20+ years ago), I'd make a little outline of the all pertinent info, like lab values, V/S, any other criteria. Then call. If you're prepared, you'll get past the nervousness! Good luck, it all just takes time and you'll be old hat before you know it

Specializes in Critical Care and ED.

Use the SBAR format and write it out if you have to. It helps you organize your thoughts.

Situation - The situation is the Mrs X in room 10 is short of breath

Background - She was admitted yesterday with a COPD exacerbation and she uses home 02

Assessment - She is SOB with a RR of 28 and an SP02 of 92% on room air

Recommendation - I think she needs a breathing treatment

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