having patients in two different rooms

  1. At our NICU, there are two rooms, one is a Level III area, and the other down the hall is a Level II. Do you guys think it is ok for them to assign a nurse patients in both rooms at the same time? I mean for example one nurse is taking care of a baby in both rooms, same time? To me this just doesn't seem safe.

    Also, how soon do people usually take the NRP class when starting out in NICU?

    thanks,
    Heidi
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Who is watching the other baby when the nurse is in the other room? Not safe in my book.

    Some facilites will require you to have NRP before you finish your orientation, others want it completed before you begin.
  4. by   sirI
    Quote from suzanne4
    Who is watching the other baby when the nurse is in the other room? Not safe in my book.

    Some facilites will require you to have NRP before you finish your orientation, others want it completed before you begin.




    :yeahthat:
  5. by   BittyBabyGrower
    Depends on if there are other people around. Our unit is split into 9 pods....we can be split out, but there is always someone else around and we can pull up other monitors in the room we are in.

    Our new people have to pass NRP right after orientation is done.
  6. by   Gompers
    We do NRP during orientation, towards the end of the classroom portion. We used to have NRP after six months working on the unit, because then after the certification we could start going down for deliveries (with a "buddy") while it was fresh in our minds. Now, they get NRP early, and can observe deliveries, but don't actually get to DO anything in the DR for a few months after orientation is over.

    We have several different areas of our NICU. Sometimes someone is "split" but it's usually very rare, and only when it makes sense for staffing. It's always 2-3 grower-feeder babies. We always have to have 2 RNs in each area at all times, so there's never an unattended baby. We just let the other nurses know we're going to be working with the other baby and they keep an eye and ear out while we're gone. Usually, the "split" person is Admit One, and eventually gives up those babies to nurses who are already in the area.

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