Quote from caringfornurses
Is it so wrong for a patient to expect you to do your job? Is it their fault that you have other patients? Think about this when you look to see if your check was deposited. Would you be upset if it were a few days late? Provide that patient with the care he/she deserves every single time. Do not wait for them to be upset. If you are in a code, emergency, etc., then your co workers should pitch in. Otherwise, it is up to you. If you are not up to the challenge, change fields. You are a professional. With great knowledge comes great responsibility.
It's as simple as the laws of physics which dictate that a person cannot be in two places at once.
Unless each nurse cares for one patient and one patient only, SOMEONE is going to have to wait and it's going to be the patient that the nurse is not currently tending to.
A very large part of a nurse's responsibilities (and one that I can tell you was a major focal point of the national licensing exam) is her ability to prioritize care.
When I'm in the room with a patient who'd had a major, unexpected syncopal episode at the end of the prior shift, so significant that he soiled himself while unconscious...then I'm going to stay in the room with him, make certain I get a thorough assessment performed, a fresh set of baseline vitals, and do my best to reassure him and his wife who had to experience the whole thing. No I am not going to stop what I'm doing to go help the 18 year old 24hour s/p lap appy down the hall to the bathroom. If that doesn't meet to your liking, fire me.
Slightly off-topic....your user name seems grossly misleading.