Quote from ecerrn
Sounds like something someone made up. Ask your supervisor what it is and what your duties are to be....they will let you know, maybe even give you a written format of what's expected.
There are many facilities that are developing "Clinical Decision Units" as a safe way to deal with ED crowding and ED in patient holds. These patient are waiting for an inpatient bed and are usually only the adult med-surg patients and telemetry chest pain admits. This is an answer for the ED cry that boarding all of these patients isn't safe.....and it isn't But, it requires commitment/money from the hospital administration....which is something difficult to come by these days. Admitting these patients earleis brings revenue to the facility and some patients are ruled out for MI before they are ever placed.
OP....I am sure that the Day Surgery went to someone with more experience that 6 months....those jobs are coveted.
On the CDU (clinical decision unit) .you will care for the patients there like anywhere else in the hospital. You will probably be trained in telemetry. You will be busy. The will be a ton of comings and goings of patients....being admitted to you and then transferred/discharged home within a short period of time. Transfers are tiresome......many times you will just finish the admission paper work and they will call with a bed....all that work for nothing and now your bed is open for another patient.
The good news YOU WILL BE BUSY! The bad news is YOU WILL BE BUSY!
You will learn a lot, you will have a quick turn over in patients so you will be caring for new people all the time....some people like it. I personally do like knowing that if they are a real jerk...or their family is CRAZY....my time with them will be short.
You will have to organized for there will be constant labs to keep track of and calling MD's. You will work shift work like right now. I would ask specifically how many nurses will be there.....what/who is your back up and will you ever be the only nurse scheduled and how many patients willl you be responsible for ......how is this located to the ED?
you need a good brain sheet.......here are a few.
mtpmedsurg.doc 1 patient float.doc
5 pt. shift.doc
day sheet 2 doc.doc
critical thinking flow sheet for nursing students
student clinical report sheet for one patient
Adapt them, change them to your liking. These have been contributed by many but especially Daytonite (RIP)