I recently had a conversation at work with two other nurses about acuities. One nurse is VERY STRONGLY PASSIONATE about acuities and believes they DO work. The other nurse understood my viewpoint, but still feels the necessity of it.
I don't believe acuities work from what I've witnessed while working as a nurse since graduation sixteen years ago.
Any takes on acuities whether they work or not? And, why do they work if your answer is Yes, or why don't they work if your answer is no.
Thanks, and goodnight! Looking forward to reading your responses nurses.
Jul 4, '03
Where I was (I work in a clinic now, so this doesn't apply to me anymore :>), the management would insist on acuities every shift but hardly anyone would do them. The staffing was NEVER (not even once) changed or increased based on acuity and even if you could point out you had some really heavy patients that was just too bad. I once did an acuity that said I needed 3 licensed people and two aides and we had the same two people we always had (one of each).
Needless to say compliance was really poor.
One hospital I worked at the acuities were done by the supervisor walking to each floor and asking 'how many IV's and how many heplocks?' - that was the acuity. /sigh.
Last edit by featherzRN on Jul 4, '03