Just curious, since I always thought that the charge RN is "supposed" to do the assignment since they are the person knowledgeable of all the patients in the unit.
At my previous job, the prior-shift Charge RN did the assignment, but at my current location, they make the STAFF RNs do the assignment. Then the next shift comes along--both CNAs and RNs can be heard COMPLAINING about the assignment--"That was my patient yesterday!" "OMG that patient is so HEAVY!"--and mistakes to be found--"You're giving me TWO isolations?!" and of course: "Who did the assignment?!!"
Eventually, things do get sorted out, but on an uber busy day, the assignment may not get done until 10min. after shift started...and even then people will find something needing to change or mistakes needing to be fixed. It eventually gets figured out, but omg, it's annoying...
How is it on your unit?
We have two halls on my unit. One LPN does one ..the other LPN does the other. Never an issue there. I am also part time so I am sometimes on another unit. I do know all the patients in the facility because of that lol.
CNA assignments are different and can be complicated sometimes. Theres 2 CNAs per hallway. If one CNA has two admissions that night. We will give 1 of those admission to the other CNA in that hallway. If there is a male CNA .. I know which residents would come up to me screaming their head off because they don't want a man. Which is completely understandable. Theres also switch-arounds involved when that happens.
Last edit by Forever Sunshine on Oct 12, '11