I have worked on a general peds unit for 2 years-1 as a tech and 1 as a nurse. I have never seen a mock code done, only talked about. Over the past 6 months we have had alot of turnover, and the majority of our staff consists of new grads with less than 6 months experience. I dread the day the very unexpected code occurs. I have done my best to express concern to my nurse manager and peds educator - I guess they are too busy. The few 'senior' nurses remaining roll their eyes at my requests for help. ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW OFTEN MOCK CODES SHOULD BE PERFORMED ON GEN PEDS FLOOR WHERE CODES 'NEVER' HAPPEN? ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW I CAN START TRAINING?
Thanks for any help!!!
Oct 7, '00
Mock codes should take place every 6 months. Since you have had several new staff hired lately, this should be done as soon as possible. We did this on a floor where codes never happened and just luckily, one happened 5 days after the mock code and everyone was able to do what was needed. Keep after your manager. Better yet, plan it yourself and offer to be the leader. If you happen to have a clinical educator, this nurse may also want to help you.