Floor nurses - page 2

How often do you work without ANY nursing assistants/techs? A friend at a nearby facility said 2 of the CNAs that worked her usual schedule quit and they have since (approx a week) had no... Read More

  1. by   SweetLikeSugar
    I work on a 21 bed post-surgical/telemetry unit and our night shift CNA transferred to another floor about 3 months ago and the CNA that replaced her quit about a month later so we've had no CNA on nights for about 2 months now. When there is one scheduled, he/she is usually pulled to another unit or pulled to sit with a confused patient. And we usually only have 1 CNA on daylight and evenings. Our manager seems to have a way of running our CNA's off....
  2. by   AprilRNurse
    They phased out CNA's where I work years ago.. before I even started. We work without any assistance.. but have lower nurse/patient ratios. I think it works better overall. We do all the cares on our patient's. We sometimes work with LPN/RN teams... where the LPN does primarily oral meds and cares (cares are shared though) and RN does assessments and IV meds.
  3. by   GM2RN
    Quote from AprilRNurse
    They phased out CNA's where I work years ago.. before I even started. We work without any assistance.. but have lower nurse/patient ratios. I think it works better overall. We do all the cares on our patient's. We sometimes work with LPN/RN teams... where the LPN does primarily oral meds and cares (cares are shared though) and RN does assessments and IV meds.
    I think I'd actually prefer this if we had fewer patients. The biggest challenge for us in the ED, however, is transporting patients being admitted to the hospital and having to be gone from the department so often for that period of time. Techs are our only means of transport in addition to everything else. We also have no tube system in our hospital so we have to walk all of our samples to the lab ourselves if we have no tech. Neither of these of which I mind doing, but it does take much time away from other patients when I have to do all of this running by myself.
  4. by   Up2nogood RN
    On our floor we get one CNA for 24 pts but if they are short in the house and need a sitter she gets pulled. As busy as it is the aide can barely manage to get all the vs, help w call lights and some with turning so basically we do primary nursing. Like another post said, you do see your pts more and really know what's going on, not second hand info that sometimes get skewed.
    Last edit by Up2nogood RN on Nov 13, '10
  5. by   orthorn2009
    I work on an 18 bed med-surg/ tele floor. We normally have 1 RN and 2 LPNs on both shifts. So we each have 6 patients with no support staff or support staff that is only supporting their texting addiction. The level of acuity varies with each patient since we can rarely get someone moved to our small icu when we need to. It's normal for the RN to have blood hanging on more than two patients at a time. The RN is also responsible for signing off on the assessments done by the LPN, all the IV pushes and all the chart checks plus her or his own charting, medication pass and patient care. They say patient satisfaction scores need to come up but refuse to give us help to provide the quality of care patients want, need and deserve.
  6. by   RedRubCatheter
    I work primarily med/surg and we do not have care aids (here they are called RCAs or LTCAs) as part of our daily staffing. On days we work in RN/LPN teams where each nurse does primary care for half the team (between 3 to 5 patients) based on acuity.

    On nights we do primary care for 7 or 8 patients -- some cared for by RNs, some by LPNs. Still no aids.

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