Only ONE person in Recovery Room?! - page 2

I work at a small(er) hospital in Florida, and L&D nurses circulate and recover patients in our own PACU. I understand there is a LAW that is in effect that TWO people must be present in a recovery... Read More

  1. by   nursebea02
    Harsh? Great.
    If I knew I'd have to read a fetal heart monitor strip than I would make sure I knew how to read it. Thanks.
    Nurses are suppose to be ACLS certified to work in PACU. Yep, that's right. And if you take ACLS you better know how to read an EKG monitor strip.. not a fetal heart rate monitor strip.
    I am very aware of specialization in nursing, but somethings are just Fundamentals of Nursing.
  2. by   bagladyrn
    Quote from nursebea02
    Harsh? Great.
    If I knew I'd have to read a fetal heart monitor strip than I would make sure I knew how to read it. Thanks.
    Nurses are suppose to be ACLS certified to work in PACU. Yep, that's right. And if you take ACLS you better know how to read an EKG monitor strip.. not a fetal heart rate monitor strip.
    I am very aware of specialization in nursing, but somethings are just Fundamentals of Nursing.
    As I said before the issue arises when the management decides that it is more cost effective to have existing staff (hired WITHOUT ACLS requirement) on OB start doing recovery in order to save the cost of calling in the PACU nurse. Unless they do it correctly and have the required courses made available to the OB nurses before instituting this change - on hospital time and cost - it is unfair to blast the OB nurses for not having this background. Remember, these nurses did not apply for jobs in PACU. It would be the same as floating you to L&D without having fetal monitoring courses available to you and insisting you be responsible.

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