They say

“Be kind to nurses.  We keep doctors from accidentally killing you.”

I’m beginning to whole-heartedly believe that.

I swear, I’m sick of the little LPN here having to tell 8 year MDs and RNs with masters degrees that if:

A) the patient is tachycardic

B) the patient nearly falls out when they attempt to stand

and

C) the patient’s hemoglobin is 6.2

it all adds up to the patient needs a fricking blood transfusion!

Saw a patient today with a heart rate of 151 who complained of dizziness every time they stood her up…went straight to the hemoglobin- 6.2.  The MD looked at me like he didn’t get the correlation between the three…but decided to give her 2 units of blood.

Then, there was the patient with the 2.6 potassium level.

I can almost understand not knowing the normal level, but the freaking lab reports state whether the levels are HIGH, LOW or CRITICAL. 

Some days, it’s like beating your head against the concrete wall…

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Old NFO
    May 17, 2013 @ 01:53:03

    That y’all do… and thankfully y’all are there MOST of the time…

  2. ORPO1
    May 17, 2013 @ 03:05:10

    Nurses are those I do love when I am in Hospital……………………..

  3. ORPO1
    May 17, 2013 @ 03:06:22

    Reblogged this on The Lexicans and commented:
    That dear friend of mine and The Old NFO has these words of wisdom for all. We do love Cindy so much………………………………………..

  4. Lnda
    May 17, 2013 @ 08:49:22

    No nurses, no healthcare! Keep ’em on their toes! Happy Nurses’ Week to you!

  5. fuzzysdad01
    May 18, 2013 @ 00:55:18

    Thank God for nurses

  6. snigsspot
    May 18, 2013 @ 10:50:16

    Honestly, this wasn’t a post to elicit “nurses are fantastic” thoughts or anything like that. I just get so tired of those who should really know better than me missing the easy stuff. Some of these docs can go around thinking they’re the bomb for getting more complicated diagnoses correct, but if they let a patient croak from something simple like this, they need their butts kicked. Hard. Repeatedly.

  7. ORPO1
    May 18, 2013 @ 17:05:18

    In my book, you are a fantastic nurse!
    The true representation of the profession.

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