Question about co-worker competence - page 2

Hello everyone. I am relatively new to this forum, and I came specifically to ask a few questions. I have read these posts and I have a lot of respect for the responses I have seen here. I work... Read More

  1. by   prmenrs
    Most places have an annual "Skills Fair". Everyone has to attend and get checked off on stuff like turning on an O2 tank; maybe take an medication quiz, a "strip" reading clinic, etc., depending on the needs observed by leadership as needing to be addressed.

    Also JACHO stuff can be placed online (intranet) to be completed.

    Skills checklists--if you are not doing them, that would help.
  2. by   Ms.RN
    Quote from pebbles
    i would suggest calling your licensing body to find out what can/should be done.

    reporting incompetence and unsafe practices of other nurses is part of your legal responsibility. most often, this is done through managers, but if your manager isn't responding - either go up the management chain (which could get you burned) or go directly to the licensing body. let them do the investigating. that's their job.
    wow, just because nurses are laking nursing skills they deserve to be reported to bon and lose their license? if nurses are reported due to lack of knowledge then there wont be any nurses left. for your information pebbles, nurses are reported to bon if they do something that's out of their scope of practice or if nurses are suspected of being impaired or stealing narcotics.
    Last edit by Ms.RN on May 28, '07
  3. by   pebbles
    Quote from wantobern
    wow, just because nurses are laking nursing skills they deserve to be reported to bon and lose their license? if nurses are reported due to lack of knowledge then there wont be any nurses left. for your information pebbles, nurses are reported to bon if they do something that's out of their scope of practice or if nurses are suspected of being impaired or stealing narcotics.
    that's something that may be different in different locations. my board of nursing would deal with issues such as these. i was making a suggestion on a possible course of action to the op. you could have disagreed without the "telling me off" tone. thanks.
  4. by   TazziRN
    If a pt dies as a direct result of this lack of knowledge, it's definitely reportable. If the nurses are trying but aren't getting any help, they the methods need to change. If every chance has been given and these nurses still aren't getting it, then they need to leave the ICU. If these nurses truly don't believe they're doing anything wrong, then they need to leave and be reported because they are beyond unsafe.
  5. by   Hoozdo
    How about required CCRN certification within one year? Allow no "grandfathering" in. No CCRN certification in one year, then the nurse can not work ICU.
  6. by   TazziRN
    Places require CCRN's? I've never seen that. Certs like that have always been optional around here.

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