I've been in trouble in the last few weeks for having a resident fall and the bed alarm not being
turned on, so I feel your pain.
Unfortunately, the best, practically the only way, to truly keep your butt covered is to set aside
time at the beginning of your shift to go around the unit and check every resident to make sure
that their alarms are in place and turned on. Easier said than done I know, especially if you are
like me and work on a 54 bed unit, on which most of the residents have bed alarms.
Anyway, have a meeting with your regular aides, and let them know that you WILL be checking
alarms every shift, and if any residents fall that did not have bed alarms in place and working;
there will be serious consequence for the aide(s) working that hall. Let them know that you
simply have no choice in the matter.
Good luck. =)