I wrote a new note about escorting patients ouside to smoke at the VA. Please read on that and provide some input. This would be over in the general discussion.
To make a long story short, We nurses are told that we are supposed to go out with patients and remain with them in the smoke huts whilw they smoke (very close confines). We had a short reprieve after an incident in that very smoke shelter, then poof some complaining to the pt. advocate and the smoking is back on. We cannot find that as part of our employment that we must be subjected to sidestream smoke, however we are mandated by the chiefs of medical and the director that we must be in there with the patient while they smoke.
I know these are Veterans and they should have everything they want. So I guess there is no changing it unless we find another job. Just was interested in some of your takes on this matter.