Hi everyone this is my first post!
I am an RN on a med-surg floor. The other day the ER transferred a patient up to us. She was suffering from Hyperemesis (excessive vomiting).
I saw that she was two months pregnant. The other bed was to be filled in the early afternoon by a woman who would be getting chemo treatments bedside. I called the Nursing Supervisor and Admissions to voice a concern that I didn't think my patient should be in the same room as the woman coming up later on. I also talked to the Nurse coming on in the new shift and they all agreed with me. The Doctor put an order in for her to be moved to the Maternity floor which at the time had no empty beds, but said they would.
I then told my Supervisor about it before I left and she became snide and snarky and said to me, why does she need to be moved? Did you learn something in Nursing school
that I didn't?!? I was taken back but calmly explained that my concern was should there be an accident of any kind with the chemo bags etc and also they would be using same toilet, could be in chemo patients urine etc.
I was just trying to advocate for my patient.
I would really like to know from any Oncology or Maternity Nurses or anyone who might know, if my concerns were justified.
Could you let me know in a way that I could go back to my Supervisor and back my actions up?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.