Good morning nurses!
I recently was hired as a director of nursing for a small 24 kid, 4 nurses, residential treatment facility for psych teens, 12-18 located in Brooklyn, NY. They told me that they had an old nursing policy n procedure manual that was old and had been cited on it during their last survey and would like ME to revise or create a new one.
Do you guys know of any online sites or out sourcing companies I could invest in (FREE would be ideal but I am willing to pay) to have this manual revised or even re created? This task seems beyond my capabilities right now as I am trying to learn the position amongst other things.
Any help at all would be AWESOME!
We use Smith & Duells for clinical procedures.
Clinical Nursing Skills (8th Edition) (SMITH'S CLINICAL NURSING SKILL)
Facility policies would be a huge undertaking solo.
Last edit by dansamy on Aug 3, '13
Aug 3, '13
by Altra, BSN, RN
For clinical nursing procedures your policies can reference a widely accepted nursing textbook, as dansamy noted in the post above.
However, your policies are going to need to reflect the mental health laws in your state and applicable laws/regulations of your local and state health departments and Joint Commission, if you are accredited by them. This also should not be done unilaterally by nursing alone -- you will need to work with your medical director, other disciplines who play a role in the patients' care, and whoever in your organization is responsible for regulatory compliance.
It will be a large undertaking; however, if the facility has already been cited for deficiencies, it MUST be a priority. Failure to correct previously cited items would likely have a negative effect on the facility and its management team, and that now includes you.
Last edit by Altra on Aug 3, '13