when you triage pts. in fast track, who does the triage? I am usually trying to triage as fast as I can, so can't see it being ME who triages them in fast track.The nurse is fast track is usually an LPN.
We also don't have a "greeter" RN. Which would be nice.............$$$$
A tech would be great also, but according to State rules, the first person to greet a pt. coming in to the ER for treatment has to be an RN. As I am normally either A. triaging a pt., or B. taking a triaged pt. to the back to a rm., or C. triaging a pt. (that I think is critical, such as the lady with sats of 42
) IN a room.....it is unrealistic to think that I can also be the one to greet them at the waiting room counter: like McDonald's or something. Our state has also issued that an RN must be the one to take initial vitals. The tech can place the b/p on the pt, and place electrodes but the nurse is supposed to push the button. How insane is that?
We get incredibly insanely busy in the winter months. I have no objection to working my butt off (& expect everyone elso to also); but I do object to working in unsafe situations.
hoping to hear from others, and other suggestions. thanks