Because there have been so many "holes" (missing initials on MARs), our DON has established a new policy that if a nurse forgets to initial a med or treatment given,
that nurse AND the nurse who worked right after her
would both be written up! The outgoing and oncoming nurses are supposed to stand there together and look through the whole MAR while the outgoing nurse checks for holes, then both nurses have to sign this daily. The main trouble I'm having with it is ----how can I be responsible (& written up) if another nurse won't initial her work ?? This just doesn't seem legal. Are they just trying to scare us and don't actually intend for the oncoming nurse to be written up along with the outgoing nurse? Crazy!!!!
Jul 28, '12
I didn't know being written up had something to do with the legal system - I guess someone else can chime in on that one.
In the limited amount of time I have worked in LTC I have come to find that being written up,, at least at my facility,, does not carry a lot of weight. Maybe ask the DON, especially if it is bothering you or if you do get written up, the same question you are asking us - about how is it that you should be held responsible for another nurses behavior.
See what she/he says.
Last edit by Esme12 on Aug 3, '12
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