Any Registered Nurses that are state surveyors??? - page 3

Hello, I am wondering if there are any RN's out there, that work for the state as a surveyor and if you like your job? Can you tell me a little about your job? I have 20 yrs. of nursing experience as... Read More

  1. Visit  candiRN79 profile page
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    What sort of clinical skills or acute care experience do you need to have in order to work as a surveyor?
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  3. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Quote from candiRN79
    What sort of clinical skills or acute care experience do you need to have in order to work as a surveyor?
    In my experience, the basic expectation is that you have some significant amount of experience (at least a few years) in the clinical area in which you would be surveying (e.g., LTC experience in order to be a LTC surveyor, acute care hospital experience to be an acute hospital surveyor, some kind of mental health experience to be a group home surveyor, etc.) I was hired to survey acute care psychiatric units/hospitals in my state, and inpatient psychiatric experience was a requirement for our team.
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  4. Visit  Nursecathy123ca profile page
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    It IS frustrating. If your state does not have mandated resident:staff ratios, you have to look at whether the staff can adequately care for each resident's needs. Sounds fuzzy. And it is. I am learning how to dig for information regarding staffing as a possible cause for falls and other accidents.
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    Quote from Nursecathy123ca
    It IS frustrating. If your state does not have mandated resident:staff ratios, you have to look at whether the staff can adequately care for each resident's needs. Sounds fuzzy. And it is. I am learning how to dig for information regarding staffing as a possible cause for falls and other accidents.

    One of the things we always looked at was whether the facility was following its own policy regarding staffing. Facilities are required to have a policy and procedure for determining how many and what levels of staff are needed on a particular shift, and we would review that policy, review the staffing, and make sure they had (at least!) followed their own policy. If they were understaffed according to their own policy and something bad happened that presumably could have been prevented, or at least ameliorated, if the staffing had been in accordance with the policy, that's a pretty clear situation -- we could (would) cite them for that. There are also the rules/regs about "providing a safe environment," which can be a path to citing for inadequate staffing. It is frustrating and a grey area, though.


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