team nursing

  1. Has anyone here done "team nursing" it is where you buddy up with someone and work 2 assignments together...............does it work?????? I think it would be helpful because you would always know where the second set of arms was when you need it...........???? :kiss
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  3. by   RNKerry
    I work in a facility that uses team nursing because of the shortage of nurses. In this case it means fewer RN's, much higher us of PCA's & EN's. The stress on the RN is terrible as you retain total responsibility for as many as 12-17 patients. In short I am at the end of my tether & quite ready to get out of nursing as the workloads are dangerous. The high workload has resulted in a back injury which I am presently trying to recover from.
    My experience of team nursing has not been positive
  4. by   P_RN
    That's more like what we called double-teaming. Just buddying up to finish tasks. Two heads, four hands are better etc.

    Team nursing was a specific group of rooms with a team leader RN and a second nurse(RN or LPN) and a Tech.
  5. by   Rapheal
    P-RN

    I wish are teams always had a tech or an aide. I have done team with me the RN with an LPN and no tech or aide. It has been very difficult for me. Trying to cover all the IV's and pushes and getting vitals, blood sugars and getting people off and on BSC who weigh alot is very stressful. Plus trying to figure I&O's for all patients and collect lunches. It is too much for me. Thanks for letting me vent.
  6. by   P_RN
    Your LPN doesn't do IVs? The tech is a vital part of team nursing. They get the routine vitals (nurses verify abnormals and do all post op vitals) , do I&O except IV of course, and do baths and getting OOB. Our LPNs and Techs are outstanding.

    I usually did the assessments as here only an RN can assess, and the LPN gave meds. It was a fair division of tasks.
  7. by   Disablednurse
    Where I worked before, you were lucky to get anyone to help you do anything, much less doing team nursing. You never could convince the CNAs that working as a team would make it easier. I don't know what is wrong there.
  8. by   nurse2002
    Originally posted by bklynborn
    Has anyone here done "team nursing" it is where you buddy up with someone and work 2 assignments together...............does it work?????? I think it would be helpful because you would always know where the second set of arms was when you need it...........???? :kiss
    I worked on one unit where there were four halls. Approx twenty patients on each hall at any given time. The teams (four teams for four halls) consisted of an RN, LPN, and a CNA. The RN would give the pushes, the lpn would hang the RNs IV meds. (LPNs could not do pushes in that state.) The CNA would do the vitals and I/Os etc. Each would do their own admits, pills and such. This worked out well. If someone got behind they worked as a team for the most part. This went well.

    This same facility tried TEAM nursing on another unit. I mean the old style team nursing. On a tele unit. The first day we had 23 patients on the floor. One nurse did admits, one did assessments, one did vitals, one gave the pills and another gave IV meds. It was such a mess that a patient crashed and noone knew anything about the patient. Well that lasted about 6 hours. They did'nt try that one again.

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