Quote from RunningWithScissors
If the charge nurse has taken responsibility for the patient, and you are available for questions (by phone) once the next nurse shows up, it is NOT abandonment!
Our ER faxes a written report before bringing a pt up, never call, and most of the time all you get is admission diagnosis and vital signs. And they think that's OK........
Well, as for the accessibility by phone, my charge nurse knows she's taking responsibility once she gets that paper; she has time to go over it and ask me anything she wants BEFORE I leave. Once I'm gone, if I happen to get the phone, great, if not, I bet she'll ask me before I leave next time! Never had this as a problem, though.
Your ED's idea of a report seems kinda lame, imho....they have to call us up, give us everything they know about hx, what labs were done, what they gave for meds and what's due on orders....in short, everything they know, we are to know. And it works!