Hi fellow nurses,
I have a question. Does the board of nursing over ride union specifics?
Here is the scenario:
A Psyche nurse for a particular instituion, not necessarily a psych hosp, or specifically a psyche institution, but they have an "area" covered by psych nurses for pscyhe patients. In any case, their union request that they ONLY assess, provide care, in a mental health format. In other words, if there is something medically wrong, they are not the first responders, they have to call medical. Even for something as simple as a breathing treatment, vitals, stopping bleeding etc.
In the meantime, the patient's condition can possible get worse while medical is in route to the area...does this sound okay? I'm having difficulty accepting this, and according to their union this is fine. However, if someone dies because, Medical couldn't reach them in time, wouldn't the Psyche RN's license be in jeopardy?
I would think so! Any thoughts? Thanks.