I take care of a private patient in a board and care home. In the middle of the night, he notified me that if so and so nurse shows up in the morning that he will refuse to allow her to care for him. He has already notified the agency that he does not want her period.
Anyway, no one showed up for day shift so I called the boss and he sent someone so I could go home. I ran for my life. However, I am worried about the good samaritan who relieved me. What if he gets stuck now if so and so does shows up this morning????? The patient did allow so and so to stay once when he was told that no one else was available. However, he made it clear that it was for that one time only. This patient is alert and oriented. If the good samaritan leaves the patient with so and so nurse and leaves is that patient abandonment?
Your supervisor is correct. Staffing is an administrative issue, not a nursing issue. Your patient needs to address his staffing concerns with administration. Any discussion between you and the patient about likes and dislikes of other staff is inappropriate.
Last edit by systoly on Jan 30, '12
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