Just wondering if other hospitals are doing this.... - page 6

Starting next month in my hospitals we are changing the roles of the RN and UAP. The RN will have 5-6 patients (not uncommon) and will be responsible for all their normal nursing duties of assessing,... Read More

  1. by   VANurse2010
    Quote from jrsmrs
    We have no aids at all. As an RN, I have between 4-6 patients on days/evenings and I do every single thing for them on my shift. Vitals, glucs, meds, washing, turning, feeding, assessments, admissions and discharges, calling docs, calling pharmacy, arranging inter-facility transfers, etc. I also happen to work on a cardiac unit where we monitor our own telemetry, so while I'm doing all those things, I have a pager in my pocket going off q2m on a bad day... And of course the alarms are usually nothing more than artifact, but I dread the day an ignored alarm turns out to be a fatal arrhythmia. We're really between a rock and a hard place here in trying to protect our licenses.
    This is so, so, so dangerous. I can't even imagine. I'd be out of there in a nanosecond.