Quote from bklynborn
It's amazing some of the things you are asked to do in preperation for State Survey
I always found it quite comical how the staffing seemed to significantly increase during the week of the state survey. If they can pull it off 1 week per year, then why not the other 51 as well?
From my perspective as an LPN in LTC, the state survey is bogus anyway. They will watch the nurse give meds to 4 patients. The nurse will wait 3 minutes between each puff of albuterol, atrovent, combivent, etc. The state will expect the nurse to remain with the patient for entire 10-15 minute aerosol treatments. Meanwhile, the nurse has 2 hours to complete the med pass. On many halls, breathing treatments alone could take up 2 hours.
As the state surveyors watch the nurses take 30 minutes to administer meds to 4 patients, their second grade math skills never seem to kick in with the realization that the med pass will not meet the state's time-frame guidelines on halls of over 30 patients and 1 nurse. Are they just pretending not to notice, or do they have to fail a basic math test to qualify for the job?