Ok, what do you all think about the common practice (more like Mal-practice) of one RN being in PACU with a patient. This of course is usually on a weekend or at night when resources are at the most minimal.
How do you justify this in court when it comes up which we all hope it never does. Doesn't anyone worry about their patients or their OWN safety. We recently had an RN alone with a patient who was assaulted. She didn't even write an incident report. Dumb yes. We are discouraged by peer pressure to not make an issue of working alone with critical and noncritical phase I patients. Kind of a "don't call me if I am 2nd call unless you have a dang good reason".