How often are you supposed to (as directed by your NM) assess for pain on your floor?
We are supposed to ask the patient if they are in pain every time we go into the patient's room...
So if you go into the patient's room 5 or 6 times in an hour, you would be asking them the same question five or six times.
I certainly understand the need to keep on top of pain but what is the RATIONALE
or LACK thereof for such frequent assessments and disregarding everything else?
Why would you assess for pain ten minutes after giving IV pain med? Also, why should we assess for pain, not giving the same weight to other things (knowledge defecits regarding things like self-administering insulin or something like that).
Honestly I wonder if the hospital isn't catering to drug-seekers since we get SO MANY of them thru the ER and they all seem to come to our unit.