i worked on a unit where we used to get patients in dts or for some other reason that sometimes needed restraint. i had a small timer that attached to my name tag that i could set for 15 minute intervals. i originally got it to remind me when my piggybacks needed to be flushed and disconnected (before iv pumps were used on all patients) and it came in handy for this as well. the reason you got the patient with the restraint checks was probably because you had an orientee with you and, by my count, a total of 5 patients (that's based on what you posted)--that orientee made an extra pair of hands. with an orientee by my side i would have made a plan to split up the restraint checks or the patient load between the two of us.
chances are this is going to come up again. as a nurse manager i would expect others on the staff, your co-workers, to help out with these restraint checks as well. that's only fair and is part of the teamwork we all owe each other as employees. part of the reason everyone listens to the shift report is to learn about these kinds of situations that are occurring on the unit. it doesn't take but a few seconds for anyone on the staff to look in and see if a patient is ok as one passes by their room. we used to keep the sheet where we marked that the restraint check was done by the door, so it was easy for any of us on the staff passing by to see if the patient needed looking in on.
if one's co-workers have no sympathy to lend a hand to help with this kind of situation i have to wonder:
why would the other people you work with leave you to flounder without offering any help at all at some point during the shift?
that might be a question you need to address. if there is no teamwork among my colleagues, i'd be mounting up and riding on to another job. i've always been willing to go an extra mile to help my fellow nurses out even when i'm busy too. that's just the right thing to do to keep good camaraderie. and, i never know when i'll be the one in need of another co-worker's kindness.
i'm kind of thinking that your major problem here may not be having to take care of a patient that needs q15minute restraint checks as much as it might be a bunch of colleagues that don't care about what is happening to any of the other nurses they work with. that's sad. and, i'm worried for your orientee who has now seen and experienced this. what must he/she think about how the people on your unit (don't)work together?