Monday, 4 May 2009

Advice

I don't mind that you phoned the department for advice, honest. I am busy, and you are bothering me because I have lots and lots of things that need to be done but I will give you advice because that is part of my job and I am trained and experienced enough to give you good advice. All I ask in return is that you listen to what I say and act upon it. So, when you tell me your colleague who is in his 50's has crushing central chest pain going into his left arm and he is grey and I tell you to put the phone down and dial 999 for an emergency ambulance I mean PUT THE BLOODY PHONE DOWN AND CALL AN AMBULANCE! NOW! Don't question the wisdom of what I am saying, don't ask am I sure, just PUT THE PHONE DOWN AND CALL AN AMBULANCE!

5 comments:

Louise said...

ARGH!!!! If they ahd rang NHS24 we'd have been there before they put the phone down!

Jay said...

I mean like what in the world were they thinking while dialing you, an emergency ambulance would have been anytime my first option!!

GrumpyRN said...

I honestly don't know what she expected me to say, to me it was a barn door 999 call. But I could not believe it when she said are you sure. Because I was working in a different area that day I never did find out if he came.

Anonymous said...

Had a similar experience yesterday (I'm an RN in the States). Mother calls to tell me my grandfather is SOB and pale (he's on dialysis and has CHF and uses home O2). I told her he needs to go to the hospital (Hello!). Called my uncle to tell him and he said, "Well, I'm waiting for the doctor to call me back." OK. Whatever. Why do people solicit advice and then decide our opinion is worthless is totally beyond me. BTW, Dr. admitted him.

Anonymous said...

It won't work in actual fact, that's exactly what I suppose.
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