juvenile detention nurse staff issues

  1. Hi I'm Bev
    I work in juvenile detention and need some advice on presenting fiscal year 2004 budget requests. Our facility is always above the 144 census limit and our medical staff consists of 2 RN's and 2 medical assistants. There are no Lead nurses our supervisor is a non-medical person. One RN is on a vacation and having major surgery a week after she returns. One medical assistant can't give injections or draw labs. Currently we have an IDDM and he refuses to inject himself, so we rotate between each other to cover him. Typically, my day is 7:00am to 5:00pm and some nights I have to return to give the bed time insulin dose. I'm heading for burn-out. My supervisor says, if something happens to you and there's no RN coverage...we'll worry about that then. Help!!!
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  3. by   BadBird
    Sounds like you need to put into writing your concerns for unsafe staffing and inability to monitor patients correctly due to inadequate staffing. Unfortunately many RN's get burned out and quit and the problems just continue. I wish you luck.
  4. by   honeycaramelRN
    Quote from BadBird
    Sounds like you need to put into writing your concerns for unsafe staffing and inability to monitor patients correctly due to inadequate staffing. Unfortunately many RN's get burned out and quit and the problems just continue. I wish you luck.
    Thanks so much, I am going to put it in writing and submit it to the board of commission.:wink2:

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