Nurse Marge might not have all the answers, but after *ahem* years as a RN in some of the nation’s toughest hospitals, she sure knows how to make up something that sounds right! We get lots of questions here at JNJ, from nurses looking for advice and guidance and Nurse Marge has graciously agreed to answer them for us.
So with that, let’s turn the floor over to Nurse Marge!
Dear Nurse Marge,
What will it take to get a clue through to the day shift? I understand that everyone slips up once in a while, but every day for the past week, I’ve gotten calls from the day shift in the middle of the day with stupid questions — info that could have easily been found in the chart or that I have no idea about! Definitely not worth waking me up for — and when I don’t get at least *some* sleep it’s hard to make it into work the next night. This is making me nuts — what do I do about it?
Sleepless in West VA
Change your phone number. They’re never going to ‘get it’.
If you don’t want to do that, consider changing your answering message. I recommend something like:
Hey, it’s Sleepless! I’m sleeping right now, but if you leave a message, when I wake up, I’ll call you back. If it’s absolutely urgent, please consider using your considerable nursing skills that you paid big bucks to acquire to figure out the best thing to do on your own. You can tell me about it in the evening – I’ll make sure to call you when I’m on the clock to see how well things went for you! Bye!
Make sure to call people back, every time. At home. During the slowest time of your shift — you know that little lull that kicks in around 0200? That’s a GREAT time to call people — even the party hounds are home by then. Obviously, they’ll be thrilled to wake up and tell you whatever you need to know!
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