10 nursing rules you’ve never heard of

7. Say “please” or we won’t do your tests.
If you’re working over the weekend at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex, England, you could—without reprimand—ignore a doctor’s order for blood tests if he (or she) doesn’t write “please” on the requisition.

In news reports, an unnamed doctor came in to work on a Sunday and found that none of his blood work had been done the day before—because he hadn’t written the magic word in the orders. The hospital defended its decision to require the “please.” A spokesperson said this was implemented in order to ease pressure on other healthcare personnel by making the doctor think twice about writing the order.

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