As a member of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, a national organization with many local chapters involved in promoting standards of care for children in all healthcare settings, I am asking for input on staffing issues for Peds units, PICU, NICU, Nursery or any area that cares for pediatric patients.
We are trying to develop a position paper on safe staffing and I am interested in how your department determines what the criteria for safe staffing is on your unit.
I have been a peds nurse for over 20 years and am working for a facility basing care on the bottom line. We lost our peds nurse manager, we lost staff positions , both RN and ancillary. We have no ped resource person in our facility. We have been told we must care for 7 patients each regardless of age or diagnosis based on the fact "The med surg floors do it".
Any input would be greatly appreciated, I don't think my institution is the only facility ignoring the uniqueness of pediatric care.
Thanks in advance
Oct 29, '01
Last edit by fiestynurse on Mar 31, '04