Who does the patient assignments on your unit? - page 2

The unit secretary does ours, which doesn't make sense to me. Unless the secretary is sitting in report how would she/he know the clinical condition of the patients as well as the skills and time... Read More

  1. by   yumaRN1990
    Our assignments are made by the charge nurse on the previous shift. (PM's for AM's and vice versa). A unit secretary can't possibly know what is going on with the patients on the floor, much less, which nurse has the skills to take care of them. I think that it is a bad idea and could lead to mistakes being made in caring for the patient.
  2. by   SkateBetty
    Quote from babiesX2
    Question: Is this done only on your unit or all units at your facility?
    Well, I'm not sure, really. I have not yet worked outside my own dept., and my two friends in another department says it's done there by the charge.

    I am seeing by the replies there is a reason the situation has been bothering me! The one time I and another nurse wanted to switch our patients the unit secretary argued with us and acted like we were stepping all over her territory to make a change. I ignored her and made the change anyhow, but it was not received well. Hmmm.
  3. by   babiesX2
    Quote from SkateBetty
    Well, I'm not sure, really. I have not yet worked outside my own dept., and my two friends in another department says it's done there by the charge.

    I am seeing by the replies there is a reason the situation has been bothering me! The one time I and another nurse wanted to switch our patients the unit secretary argued with us and acted like we were stepping all over her territory to make a change. I ignored her and made the change anyhow, but it was not received well. Hmmm.
    This is certainly interesting. You are right to be bothered.
  4. by   RNgirlie
    Oh my god. I agree with the poster who suggested to type up a letter annonomously (point out that this is unsafe and very much against the law) I have never heard of such a thing. It is against the state board of nursing to do this very unsafe practice. If time passes and your supervisor does not plan changes, then it is will be time for another letter to someone higher up in the chain of command. Do not feel like you are being a trouble maker. SAFETY and FOLLOWING the LAW are top priority. what would the Joint Commision say about all of this?
  5. by   muffie
    nm

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