Understaffing a problem for you? Well, AN has the solution: cloned nurses! Now if we can just get the CEOs to buy off on this idea.... In all seriousness, how do YOU deal with understaffing? Is is a chronic or occasional issue?
Jul 18, '14
Where I work, incidents are viewed as a failure of the nurse involved.
If an error occurs, it has to be because the nurse wasn't organized.
Took too many breaks. Didn't ask for help. Didn't clarify. It's never because of understaffing. Even when it is.
How do I deal with understaffing? The first thing to go is breaks.
I don't leave the floor. Then the call lights sound longer. Then the niceties don't get done. Pillow fluffing, warm blankets, fan requests, "change my channel", "Call my daughter",......
On a really bad shift, too much stuff gets shoved onto the next nurse, and you get the reputation of being lazy and disorganized.
Last edit by imintrouble on Jul 18, '14