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    When have you had to say no to an MD or charge nurse? I told an MD that I wouldn’t do the conscious sedation on a very old, sick patient because the procedure room wasn’t set up to run a code. He was pissed off for sure, but it all worked out and anesthesia did the sedation in a bigger room with better drugs than I had access to.


    I have said to to a charge about taking an admit. I was drowning, had some very sick patients and even though it was my turn to take the admit I said no. The other nurses had been done with their charting, had already taken their breaks, and I was still running around like a chicken with my head cut off. The charge wasn’t happy but I needed to do what was best for my patients. Saying no is sometimes the best thing for you and your patients, no matter the repercussions.


    Sometimes you have to advocate for not only yourself, but for the greater good of the patients. I had an MD, actually day of this were the army I’d be the general, I politely informed him that he’d be more similar to the Col. And that the medical board would be the general.


    As a charge nurse I have been told no. As long as there is a reason and validation for why the staff member is telling me no I am good with it. Yeah, it makes me figure out a new plan but hey – that’s my job

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