I am an OR nurse, but I have been forced to pre-op many of my patients (I work off-hours). Management has asked that I send for in-house patients earlier as a result of poor turn-over time. However, I also have to set up my room which means I can't spend a whole lot of time in pre-op. There is NO ONE else in pre-op to help babysit when they have a patient to recover. This is fine if the patient is completely with it and has a family member present and a call light. My concern is for the sedated patients or those who are not A/O. What is your take on this? I feel like I am compromising my patient's safety, but I need a good argument to get my point across to management. What would you say to advocate for your patient?
Thanks in advance for any advice.