Dr. Grumpy: "This is Dr. Grumpy."
Nurse Wurse: "Hi, I'm calling about Mr. McAclot, the gentleman in room 742."
Dr. Grumpy: "Umm, I'm not..."
Nurse Wurse: "He had a stroke yesterday, and because he's been getting worse Dr. Hospitalist ordered a repeat head CT tonight that..."
Dr. Grumpy: "Hang on, I..."
Nurse Wurse: "Doctor, will you PLEASE let me finish! This is urgent! His CT showed a large bleed, which is new. Dr. Hospitalist told me to call neurology for further orders."
Dr. Grumpy: "He's not my patient."
Nurse Wurse: "Well he's somebody's patient. I mean, there's a note in the chart from a neurologist from yesterday."
Dr. Grumpy: "Why didn't you call that neurologist?"
Nurse Wurse: "I can't read their handwriting, and... LOOK! I'M JUST FOLLOWING DR. HOSPITALIST'S ORDERS! HE TOLD ME TO CALL NEUROLOGY, AND I DID! YOU WERE THE FIRST NEUROLOGIST LISTED IN THE STAFF DIRECTORY!"
Dr. Grumpy: "But I'm not the neurologist taking care of this patient!"
Nurse Wurse: "What does that have to do with it?"