I already posted this but I wasnt sure what section to include it under so I reposted it here.
I am currently a new nurse working on a Telemetry unit in NC. We recently changed to an acuity based scheduling system. It is a small (8 bed) unit and the way the staffing is set up, there is a possiblity that we could have 5 to 6 patients with only one nurse and no CNA. I know this is not ethical for the nurses or the patients but my question is are there any legal issues with the staffing? I have searched the internet and was unable to find any actual laws in reguards to patient/RN ratios or if you can only have one RN on the floor. It just seems that it would be a very bad idea to only have one RN on the floor, even if they are stable patients things can go down hill very fast. Thanks for any advice for this situation.
Apr 4, '12
Accepting this kind of an assignment is asking for the board to take your license, a family to max out the payout on your malpractice, and for you to burn out STAT!
I know jobs are hard to come by these days, but WHY???? would someone accept such working conditions? Yes, maybe you have a good year and nothing major turns up, but it is the ONE time when **** hits the fan and you are the only staff member in the unit, and can not get help, or get help quickly enough.
For your safety and for the safety of your patient, it is paramount to have a second person on the unit with you at all times. Any manager that states otherwise is not worth the paper his/her license is printed on.
And like someone asked, how is the unit explaining to the labor boards your not getting a relief for your mandated lunch break? Maybe you should call them to 'consult' about the situation, just to poke the bear. KWIM?
Last edit by rn/writer on Apr 4, '12