Quote from ajohnson8407
I also work on a small pediatric unit, we have 7 available beds. We can have 6 pts and still be staffed with 1 nurse! There should def be minimum staffing laws. I believe there should at least be 1 nurse and 1 cna on the floor even with 2 pts. Here is a problem for your paper. I had to call a Rapid response on a patient all i had was the pulse ox machine built in the wall to hook him up to. the RR team was mad that the crash cart wasn't there and set up when they got there. The first thing they teach you is to not leave your patient so I was supposed to leave the room run all the way down the hall to get the cart (BTW the pt was breathing and had a pulse he just wouldn't wake up)
Perhaps informing the parents that their child is safer in a day care center with mandatory staffing ratios, (with the punishment closing down the day care if staffing falls below the required levels), than in a pediatric unit of a hospital. Sad, isn't it?
When my kids were little, and using day care, I chatted with the owners on several occasions. I learned alot about how day cares are staffed, and the punishments if they don't meet requirements 100% of the time.
The owner would sub for a teacher if they were had a call-in, so they would always be adequately staffed! Imagine that?
JMHO AND MY NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Someplace in the PACNW