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Shady shift change

  1. 0 So, I work 12 hour night shift, and most of my unit is on 12 hour shifts. We are a split unit, with half of the floor being ICU beds, and the other half step down/med-surg. Since I am a relatively new grad who is not yet ACLS certified, I always work on the step down side.
    The other day, I showed up to work about 10 minutes early, and checked the nursing assignments. There were three of us coming in at 7pm, and four day shifters going home. I was taking over 6 patients on the med surg side of the floor, and the other two night nurses, (who were not there yet) were assigned to the ICU side. As I looked up from the assignment book, I realized that all three of the day shift nurses who were working in ICU had their coats on, purses in hand, and were about to leave. The secretary pointed out to them that there was no one there to take over for them. They pointed to me, and said "she can until the rest of the night shift shows up." and walked out the door. It was still not yet 7pm.
    So, instead of heading over to the other side of the floor and getting my own assignment, I had to hang out in the ICU and wait until the other two night shift RN's showed up. My question is, would you call this patient abandonment? Or is it just a case of horizontal hostility?
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    86toronado has '5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'neurology, cardiology, ED'. From 'FL'; Joined May '07; Posts: 526; Likes: 644.

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  3. Visit  dansamy profile page
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    Patient abandonment. And I would be making an anonymous report to the board. You're not ACLS certified. You hadn't even received report.
  4. Visit  PostOpPrincess profile page
    6
    Patient Abandonment.

    Consequences:

    Loss of job

    Ultimate Consequence:

    Loss of license.

    You were put in a position that endangered patients. You do not have a choice; you must enlighten upper management and should they choose to not do something about it, your state's BON.

    This is totally unacceptable.
    And were it up to me, they would not only lose their license, they would go to jail.
  5. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    Those nurses knew that you are not ACLS certified and that you are not prepared to take on that patient load without proper supervision. And since when is an ICU patient left alone? The patients in excess of two that were left in your care really had no care since you could only, at best, watch two patients. And that is if you were qualified to do so. Abandonment. You should report this. And yes, this is a hostile environment when nurses are perfectly willing to jeopardize their critically ill patients to screw over a new hire.
  6. Visit  systoly profile page
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    Refusal to stay over AFTER the scheduled shift (as in working several extra hours) is usually considered an employment issue rather than abandonment. Legally, I'm not sure whether the term abandonment would apply in this situation, but at the very least, this is willful endangerment of patients and I cannot think of any manager or administrator who would not go through the roof. What a sorry bunch. I would not hesitate to bring this to light for the patients' sake. You don't have to make an angry report, but rather, as a new grad, you could simply inquire on how to handle this type of situation. Be aware that if the other night nurses were indeed late, they will also hear about it.
    JB2007 likes this.
  7. Visit  Batman24 profile page
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    Patient abandonment. There is no doubt about that. Report it at once and don't feel an ounce guilty about doing so.
  8. Visit  morte profile page
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    totally..absolutely..unacceptable......I can not fathom this behavior......
  9. Visit  RNKITTY04 profile page
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    Oh hell NO..., this would NOT happen, no report was given to a qualified nurse, I would be on the phone so fast their head would spin.
    mesa1979, sharpeimom, and tatara like this.
  10. Visit  mauxtav8r profile page
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    As soon as whatever was called a "report" was given and you realized what they were asking you to do was inappropriate, START CLIMBING THE LADDER.

    Call the super, call the DON, call the medical director until you reach someone.

    If the other nurses walk out, they abandoned. If you accept an unacceptable assignment, you are on the hook, too. At least at that point you can chart "Supervisor notified."
    tatara likes this.
  11. Visit  bill4745 profile page
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    If the other nurses walk out, they abandoned. If you accept an unacceptable assignment, you are on the hook, too. At least at that point you can chart "Supervisor notified."[/quote]


    Agree!
  12. Visit  xoemmylouox profile page
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    That is awful, and those nurses should be ashamed. It would be bad enough on a med surge type floor, but esp in the ICU! I would report this without blinking. Let them label the action itself. You cover yourself and your patients!
    sharpeimom likes this.
  13. Visit  tencat profile page
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    As soon as that happened, you should have started up the chain of command, and documented every action. You have the right to refuse an unsafe assignment, and that certainly qualified as such. New or not, they did not have the right to do that to you.
  14. Visit  Vito Andolini profile page
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    How long were you alone and with how many patients? Did anything bad happen?

    Why did you not speak up and say "Hold it, folks. I am leaving with you if you plan to not wait for night shift. I can't watch all of these folks by myself. You need to stay until you are properly relieved and I'm not your proper relief." I guess you were too shocked to say anything but now they will expect that you will watch the whole place.

    I would speak first to all of them but do it individually, I think. If no apology/acknowledgement is forthcoming - and maybe even if it does, you need to let the supervisor or Unit Manager know what's going on.

    Do not accept such an assignment again
    Scrubby likes this.


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