Well at my one place they just posted something stating that since they are so short on PCTs that the RNs will be responsible for doing their first set of vitals. This, I feel is insane. Especially since at around the time the first vitals are being done by the PCTs, we are doing assessments, passing meds, and like the other nite I was giving prep for a bowel procedure. And I don't mind helping out, as it was stated on the memo "We will all be expected to accommodate the needs of the unit" but when I see PCTs standing around doing nothing and I'm also doing their vitals it really angers me. I feel like they just keep dumping more and more things on us and they wonder why we have so many lawsuits...
Just wondering if this is a requirement anywhere else...Amy