Once in my nursing lifetime
) I worked at the facility with 26 patients who needed EVERYTHING!!Total care unit. I was alone with two aids and one LPN if she was available. Job was from respiratory care, tube feedings, turning and positioning, vitals, temps and on top of that checking charts, answering phone, doing triage over phone for other community units, responding to emergencies in the building.. all together was total mess. I complained did not work.. so I sat down and wrote every single thing I needed to do and calculated the least possible time to do it... THE FASTEST possible to do it without break and without emergencies... I came down to 14,5 hours.
) Well, I was paid 7.5 hours. So, I said that I will start calling some agencies responsible for accreditation and by miracle my overload became somewhere around 9 hours.. still too much for me but I did not have others who would do "project" of counting with me. So , I decided to move from there. It was my "personal boundaries" to deal with THEIR "time management".:deadhorse .
God bless all nurses.