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Another Five Star Management Decision!

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by Ruby Vee Ruby Vee, BSN (Member) Nurse Verified

Ruby Vee has 40 years experience as a BSN.

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I think you should ask the management team to volunteer to demonstrate the proper use of the lift equiptment on each other for the staff to see. Put them in the old lifts and see how they like it.

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Jahra, oh, the mental images that conjures up!! Coupla folks I'd love to see dangling from a rickety old lift going Please don't drop me!! HaHa! Now who's in control?

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That is pretty darn stupid. Nuff said!

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CFitzRN has 7 years experience and works as a RN Case Manager.

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policy still goes into effect april 4. how stupid is that?! [/size]

pretty dang stupid.

i predict there will be very few "moderate or high falls risk" patients... not that nurses want to do a shoddy job of assessing but management really seems intent on making our jobs as difficult as humanly possible. how do they get where they are? seriously? :confused:

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So does this mean you would have to use a lift for a two year old toddler with a broken leg???

:D

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Yeh Ruby it's all about the budget.

We aren't allowed to lift ANY patients in Australia. If a patient looks as if they are going to fall, we don't stop them - they fall. Too many nurses were getting hurt, and claiming workers compensation so the new rules were brought in, so the govt here is trying to save money with the no lift policy. I have always refused to lift people and I tell my other ENs/NAs not to, no matter what. Nobody will care once you hurt your back, you lose your job and are forgotten about, plus you must spend all your money on rehab. It doesn't matter if you're a staff member or not - getting a disability pension in Aust now is very hard. I like my back and don't get any back pain, as I've looked after it - no-one else is going to look after it after all.

We do have lifting machines but some of the public hospital rooms are too small to use it - DUUUH! Maybe that is another brilliant management decision?

Maybe just refuse to lift anyone and they will have to spend more money on machines?

Good luck with winning that one.

ADD: Just wait till the relatives bombard management with complaints cos their relative was not lifted for their shower or to have a dirty bum changed!

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bagladyrn works as a travel nurse - ob.

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What they've done here is to set themselves up to be able to deny all workman's comp claims for any kind of back injury - since they have a policy against lifting, if you lift or stop a pt. from falling - too bad.

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RNKPCE works as a RN.

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This makes no sense.

Did you mean any patient who would require 25# or more of their weight be lifted would require a lift device?

Too often I have seen people move total or near total lifts up manually and they shouldn't. But this sounds weird. So my total knee patient who is a fall risk due to narcs would have to be hoyered to the commode because it might take assistance to get up?

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casi has 3 years experience and works as a LTC RN.

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What happens when you get that first 500lb+ pt who won't fit into any of the 5 mechanical lifts the hospital supplies?

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that's asinine. seriously. they should be ashamed of themselves.

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DarkBluePhoenix has 3+ years experience and works as a CNA.

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25lbs really? Are you sure they are talking about patients?

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redhead_NURSE98! works as a Registered Nurse/Attorney.

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Sounds like a good way to discourage patients from getting out of bed, = more pressure ulcers. Good idea management!

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