Here's a new twist on your issue. His refusal and your complaining needs
to continue to happen so that management will finally do something about this ongoing staffing issue. Just as you're trying to go home and cleaning up patients is interfering with that, his coming on and cleaning patients will delay his nurse-only duties. I've been in both positions more than I care to count.
A few weeks ago, I was coming on and a patient that I was to get had soiled himself. I was pulled out of report that I was getting from another nurse to go change this patient without even knowing jack**** about the patient...bedrest? Back injury? Limited mobility? Dead weight? Name? Turn to which side only? NOTHING!! The tech was busy and the nurse that had the patient during the day could not be located. Really????
I was fully engulfed in a code brown and complete bed bath before I could even get report. And of course, the family started firing off questions about the patient's issues that I had no clue about....no report, remember? It was 11pm before I finished 8-9pm meds because of all the PRN requests delaying starting routine med pass until 10pm. So of course, starting out behind means leaving an hour or more later every shift that this happens.
Only management can fix these issues but because they don't, change of shift is an effin' free-for-all! However, at our facility, nurses do have the right to refuse to accept report until everything is acceptable with the patient. This is a two-way street, going and coming. This is management's alternative to avoiding the staffing crisis...put it in the hands of the workers; work it out amongst yourselves.
We have to tend to our patients....bottom line. But we owe it to ourselves to make sure management is aware of what's going on. Your relief should not have been discussing this with another nurse; he should have been taking his concerns to management as well, to highlight the issue that lack of staffing is only going to cost the facility more in the long run if a simple exchanging of the guards is delayed because there is no one to tend to the patients during that time.
You and your relief should team up and request a meeting with management. Safety in numbers is definitely enforced when your enemy becomes your ally (did I spell that correctly?).
One tech or nurse assigned to an overlapping shift by a couple of hours will solve that problem. Enough professionally-worded 'concerns' from frontline workers (instead of arguing amongst ourselves) will convince the suits (or dresses) that something needs to be done.