I’m a relatively new nurse, and I’ve just gotten the hang of dealing with the interns. I know which ones will come as soon as I say that I feel something is wrong with my patient, and I know which ones never do anything unless I threaten to call someone else. I know which ones think ativan is the answer the everything, and which ones will absolutely not put orders in unless the patient is going south. I like knowing them! But we are getting the new ones next week. Any advice for the new nurse? -Nurse Greyface
Ooh, what a great question!
Ugh, don’t get me started on the Ativan-is-the-answer interns. That’s a big no-no at my program!
As an intern on an inpatient service, I learned TONS from the nurses. They would call me about a patient and of course would know that I had know idea what to order, so rather than calling and saying “I need an order for PRN Labetalol for Mr. Smith’s blood pressure,” the really good ones would say something along the lines of "I know Dr. Respectable Attending usually orders XYZ in this situation. Would that be appropriate?" or “how do you feel about giving Mr. P a little dash of blahty blah?” That was a great way to approach an intern. You are teaching them on the sly and also letting them make the decisions.