Quote from dcoffee
Has anyone out there been working in a Nursing Home/Skilled Nursing Facility when the State comes in for their Survey of the facility? The place I work is due this year between Sept and Nov and I'm just a little freaked out. I've been on the floor as an LVN about 14 months and I've heard horror stories...they follow you on the Med pass, watch techniques with G-tubes etc. If they observe a nurse making an error, whether large or small, does the facility know exactly which nurse "skrewed up?" If anyone has had any experience being through this situation....I'd like some input...what to expect...should I just quit now???? [BANANA][/BANANA]:uhoh21::uhoh21:
Hi there dcoffee!
I am also a LVN in California, and I have worked mainly in Los Angeles County too. Even though I do not have SNF experience, I have had a suprise visit from the State, when I worked in Home Health. Sure it was nerve wracking!
But, if you have your documentation in order, provide nursing care correctly, and answer all questions truthfully...you should have no problems.
The nurse who conducted the inspection checked my med. and treatment records, the current physician orders, checked my meds for expiration, had me demonstrate to her how to trach suction the patient, turn on the O2 tank, etc. At first she was stern, cold in the begininning. But, once she saw that I could do my job she was pleasant. No complaints on...but, the parents of this particular peds case complained that the night nurses were sleeping on duty. I did not see this when I reported for the AM shift. This child was complete total care, with severe developmental delay, had seizure activity, and required constant suction at times.
Quit? Don't do it! Not unless you feel that this certain SNF is NOT treating you right, have non-supportive management, and the work environment is toxic. You have been there for 14 months, so you are definitely doing fine.
Maybe, you can get in touch with other SNF'S in your area that have already been surveyed by the State before. Wishing you the best in whatever you decide to do. Go ahead and send me a private message if you like. Take care...let us know how it goes!