The problem with nursing on corridors!!


  1. Usually on a Monday but other days can be as bad, our department has 1 or 2 nurses allocated as corridor nurse. The corridor gets full as the shift wears on. I found myself responsible for 10 patients last week, all of them lucky enough to have a trolley( we ran out) the problem is, lack of privacy for the patient and lack of privacy for the nurse to get on with her/ his jobs!
    Relatives of patients just seem to have the urge to interfere with other patients and their care!! Even to the point of telling the nurse what they think is wrong with the patient!!! Anyone else find corridor nursing frustrating!!!!!!!!!!!
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  3. by   inneedofachange
    Quote from Chunter

    Usually on a Monday but other days can be as bad, our department has 1 or 2 nurses allocated as corridor nurse. The corridor gets full as the shift wears on. I found myself responsible for 10 patients last week, all of them lucky enough to have a trolley( we ran out) the problem is, lack of privacy for the patient and lack of privacy for the nurse to get on with her/ his jobs!
    Relatives of patients just seem to have the urge to interfere with other patients and their care!! Even to the point of telling the nurse what they think is wrong with the patient!!! Anyone else find corridor nursing frustrating!!!!!!!!!!!
    it sounds very similar to my daily ward nursing (except for the lack of curtains) if thats any consolation.
  4. by   Farkinott
    Seems like it is a worldwide problem. I don't work in ED but the course of m y work means I visit clients there a lot. Most times I have ended up doing procedures etc. in the corridoor. This is in a 3 yr old tertiary treatment hospital!

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