HI everyone, im currently a nursing student and a nursing assistant at my local hospital in the ICU. To make a long story short in the ICU that I work at aides never did vitals or outputs because they felt that those were critical and should be watched by the nurse that has that patient. Currently some nurses feel that the aides dont do enough and we shoudl start doing all the vitals (everything on the monitor in an ICU), all their outputs (drains, chest tubes, foleys etc), one touches (which we already do), set up of rooms, helping nurses, stocking, etc etc etc. One nurse told me it is illegal for an aide to be charting an ICU patients vitals outputs etc. Is that true and do you think one person should be responsiable for up to 26 patients vitals and outputs and everything else in an ICU?
Thanks everyone =)