Originally posted by jayep99
The 2001 SOC state that there must be 2 license personnel in the PACU as long as there is one patient and one must be proficent in PACU. On the weekends and at night our 2nd RN is the OR circulator and they stay until the patient is dc'd from PACU.
Surely you are joking right? Like any PACU is going to abide by these rules? If I am on call, called in at 0200 for an Appy, I get there, get my patient, Anesthesia LEAVES....OR leaves....with the exception of a lowly scrub tech left on phone watch. If I have a problem, ANY HELP is a phone call away...leaving me at least 20 minutes with no help, unless I call a code, which I have had to do in the past, just to get help.
When my patient is recovered and ready to go upstairs, I get to push them up myself, even if they are in a bed that does not steer. If I gave narcotics, and I have stuff left to waste, then once I return to the unit from my trek upstairs, I get the lovely task of paging my beloved supervisor who then makes me wait an additional 45 minutes before I can go home. Of course, this is all on their clock, so it works in my favor, unless you figure in for lost sleep.
I really would love to hear of anyone whose unit abides by the Aspana staffing "suggestions"