blackmail by hospital - page 4

Hello, everyone, I'm new to this forum but I'm hoping someone can help me. I've been working in ER for about a year and have been unhappy with it for several months. One of the reasons I went staff... Read More

  1. by   sjoe
    Wolf--If you refuse to accept an assignment you have NOT committed patient abandonment. If you DO accept an assignment and then leave before reporting off, etc., then you HAVE committed patient abandonment.

    In other words, you can't abandon what you don't have. As usual, the supervisors took advantage of a nurse's lack of knowledge about her own practice.

    If you don't know the rules of the game, don't expect the other team to help you.
  2. by   Riseupandnurse
    Right, you can't be charged with abandoning a patient until you have agreed to at least hear report on that patient. After that, if you leave your patient before another nurse accepts care, you have abandoned your patient and can lose your license. But refusing to accept an assignment, before you have listened to report, although it can get you fired, is not abandoning your patient.

    So many states have legislation in the works to regulate mandatory overtime and guarantee staffing ratios now. It's sad that hospitals will lose flexibility, but our health care system has brought this on itself. And if the state can require that day care systems must have proper staffing ratios, I guess it can require the same for sick people, who are often just as helpless as children. The patient really must come first, but nurses are only human too, and management must realize there is a limit to what we can do, especially as so many of us get older. :imbar
  3. by   sjoe
    "The patient really must come first, but nurses are only human too, and management must realize there is a limit to what we can do, especially as so many of us get older."

    and wiser.
  4. by   DLL84
    Life is too short...pick your battles carefully. Competent Nurses are in demand. Will you be happy if you stay there?

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