While working yesterday, I had two situations arise in which I needed to look into my hospital's and my unit's policies and procedures to know what action to take.
Talk about fighting a losing battle. I couldn't find anything at all. There are books scattered throughout the unit and none of them are in any type of order to easily find information. I couldn't get in touch with the educator or direct management. I had to decide what to do based upon the experience and wisdom of the charge RN. It's not that I don't trust her, but I like to see the policies in black and white. I learn that way.
Has anyone else experienced this? I've seen several posts on this site where the advice was to 'check your policies', I've tried to find them and it scares me that I can't. I've even enlisted the help of other nurses to find things in the policy books with no luck.
It's crazy, I can readily find the hourly rounding logs, but can't find supposed policy changes that have recently (per rumor) been implemented.
I have to devote at least a half an hour to finding any P&P, even though they're all on the computer. Reason? They're just slopped in there willy-nilly.
I still haven't found a job description for PCTs that tells me what skills they can and cannot do.
It's like all the P&P's are just stuffed into some Internet closet and no one has the gumption to get in there and clean it up. Just makes me want to :scrm:
Last edit by Angie O'Plasty, RN on Jan 23, '08