Quote from lapstads
We have patients in our Pacu everynight except maybe Sunday. We are viewed as the hospital dumping ground. We even receive nonsurgical patients from the ED if the hospital is full.
Does this mean that the unit is staffed every night?,(even if there are no surgeries being done),or are you on call like we are,from 11pm to 7 am? The unit is not open at night unless we have holds or emergency cases are being done. To be hired into PACU,you have to do the on call (so it's mandatory OT) -we are paid time & 1/2 for the first 4 hours,after that, double time. How does it work for you?
Nonsurgical holds?!?! I almost swallowed my tongue! This must really impact the next day's surgery schedule! Why do the surgeons stand for it I wonder?
The nurses in our PACU are so major fed up with administration...we do a lot of this: :angryfire
I wish we could do a little of this:
and a LOT of this:
(it's not that funny, actually....but you gotta laugh sometimes,eh?