As a first-year RN, I was working for a home health agency in hospice. My immediate supervisor was very condescending, very rude, and talked to me like I was stupid. She treated me like a child. After putting up with her attitude, and belittling me, and being overwhelmed/swamped with patients, being on-call, and paperwork for six months, I decided to quit on the following Monday. I updated ALL of my travel charts, gave full report to my immediate supervisor, and handed over all paperwork. All paperwork regarding patients were complete. Could they get me for patient abandonment?
Did she say she's going to?
Sorry, but I don't really know the answer to that.
I was just looking on the web because I'm curious to know the answer to that too and I found this:
The nurse-patient relationship begins when the nurse accepts responsibility for providing nursing care based upon a written or oral report of the patient needs. It ends when that responsibility has been transferred to another nurse along with communication detailing the patient’s needs
I'm sure there are more official and reliable sources, but from the above source, it sounds like you transferred responsibility. I know for sure how it works in a hospital setting, but I'm not sure how it works in a home health setting.
Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 30, '12
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