Quote from TriciaJ
14 what vs 4 what? When I worked corrections I was often the only nurse in the building with 550 inmates. In fact, we only had 7 nursing positions to cover the place 24/7 and usually at least 2 were unfilled. Of course, we had no actual infirmary and if anyone needed ATC nursing care, they were sent to hospital.
It's really hard to have an opinion on ratios when you don't provide the actual ratios. Please fill in the missing info.
As a registry employee I don't think there is much you can do. You can agree to accept assignments in this facility as is, or not.
we have about 80 patients and each of them is on q15 minute observation due to some unknown regulation i am unaware of. total staffing includes a mixture of psych personnel, rns, lvns, cnas, etc... don't know if that helps any. it's more of a team nursing environment. there's no REAL ratio split. i guess i could've illustrated this better.
last week myself and another RN was on the floor. we split the inmates 1:40. including triaging, admitting, discharging, daily activities, and q15 minutes suicide precaution, etc... an 1 LVN was the med nurse and 1 psych person doing their "psych" duties.
unfortunately, 1 inmate on my coworkers split decide to commit suicide while she was triaging another inmate. we did not know until 1 hour later. i was not able to cover their observation roundings because i was admitting somebody. they asked us why we didn't ask for help? we've always asked, but nothing was documented. we didn't protest because we both want to work at this facility as state employees not registry employees.
i haven't seen the RN since. i hope she didn't lose her licenses.