Nurse Alerts

  1. Hello all, just have a little (big) issue to blow off about.

    I am a CNA working med/surg at a very small hometown hospital. I love it.

    I was elbow deep in bm, when a nurse alert went off in another room. There were 2 aids to 16 pts. I started to hurry when I heard the alert, but I was sure that one of the nurses, or the other aid would go to the room to make sure the pt wasn't falling out of bed or something. It took me about 2 minutes to get everything cleaned up to where I could leave the room, all the while the alert going off. I finally got to the room, to find the pt alone, not hurt thank goodness.

    I've only been an aid for about 4 months, but I don't think it would have been the greatest idea to up and leave the pt that was covered in bm, to check on the alert. I would have felt very very very bad if something would have happened to either pt, but was it up to me to try to get to the alert no matter what? Any other time I would have ran like a bat out of you know where to get to an alert. I guess I'm just trying to make myself feel better.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   altomga
    hey there.

    You say that there were 2 aids to 16pts. Where were the nurses and how many...

    If you were the only staff on the floor..YES GO!!
    But you weren't. You couldn't leave your patient at the time and the other staff members should have went.
    I commend you for getting to the alert ASAP...
    I know that when a staff assist goes off on my floor we all run like a Bat out of **...the only time I don't is if I am in the middle of pt care that can not stop.
    You did the right thing in this situation...there were other staff on the floor besides you and the other aid that could've have gone.
  4. by   P_RN
    What's a nurse alert? Is it like a panic button in the bathroom or something. I think I'd have covered the soiled patient and at least looked to see the alerting patient was ok. If it were something that could wait, then go back to the first patient. If it were something like a fall or a code.....might should stay.
  5. by   LauraF, RN
    You didn't say where every one else was. I think you did the right thing. If it was an alert from a fall button that was pulled I might have done as earlier suggested cover the person, tell them you will be right back, and check on the possible fall. Once you found them to be ok, go back and finish the bm. It is hard to be everywhere at one time.
  6. by   udontwannabme
    Ok, so this is the bad part. I walked by the nurses station and it was full! The alert was just outside the station.
    If the pt that was covered w/bm wouldn't have been in isolation for c-diff, I probably would have just covered him and ran, but I didn't feel that this would have been in the best interest for him. But I agree with everything that everyone has said.

    BTW a nurse alert is a fall pervention, or a wanderguard.

    Thanks!!
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    good grief. does not say much for where you work does it? not good.
  8. by   ceecel.dee
    Was going to type "diaper rash vs hip fracture?", but if the nurse's station was full of seat warmers, I will type "good prioritizing".

    (as long as you knew there were plenty of others that were free)

    How frustrating lazy people are!
  9. by   renerian
    I am sorry but this made me laugh, not at you but remembering being chin to feet with BM. Memories LOL. I think you did the right thing.

    renerian
  10. by   sweethny43
    I feel you did the right thing by staying with your patient you were cleaning up. You are not the only one on the floor and I am sure they heard the alert as well....by the way what is a nurse alert anyway? Good job by staying with the one you were with then getting to the other patient as soon as you could. But where in the h.... were the other staff members?
  11. by   sweethny43
    Originally posted by sweethny43
    I feel you did the right thing by staying with your patient you were cleaning up. You are not the only one on the floor and I am sure they heard the alert as well....by the way what is a nurse alert anyway? Good job by staying with the one you were with then getting to the other patient as soon as you could. But where in the h.... were the other staff members?
  12. by   udontwannabme
    Thank you all for being understanding. Sometimes I just feel I am letting my pt down if I can't get them my self even if I am very tied up. I actually expirenced this on a different shift than what I usually work.

    I can say we do have a few staffing problems.

    Can you believe people can't understand why I truely love my job?
  13. by   BBFRN
    Maybe you could hit the call light in the room you're in and ask someone at the desk to go check on the other patient? You shouldn't have to outright ask them, but sometimes people are at the desk charting or something, and they drown out the sound of the call lights going off around them.

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