I mean when you put this into the perspective of a nurse straightening up a room after a messy family leaves, refill the ice in the mug, and what ever beverage the patient desires (and can have), reposition them to comfort, start an IV, get their fluids and antibiotic going, (after you've made sure that no labs are ordered first). Then you finish their admission paperwork, administer a few PRNs to give them comfort, get the worst of the vomit in the bathroom floor, and measure their urine in the specipan, and add it to the DAR on the door, and fetch an AccuCheck, get a 53mg/dL, get a snack. Then once you've made sure it's up, and all is safe, you help elderly Mrs. Doe find the ABC News (the only news show that will do), and then turn it up loud enough for her to hear over her whistling hearing aids, and realize your now 15 minutes behind schedule, . . . and you have only satisfied 1 out of 6 patients, (and ones coming from ER to a room you haven't got to set up yet (your aid got pulled to a 1:1), and the desk is paging you to take report on this 98 year old full code with c/o chest pain and 4 more Co-morbities;. . . . . .
You realize asking someone else to multitask shouldn't make our jaws drop!!!