What punishment should this nurse get? - page 22

Had an interesting situation that came up and thought I'd throw it out for discussion. One of our staff RNs was found sitting in a chair and sleeping at the bedside of one of our ventilator... Read More

  1. by   madwife2002
    This is an old thread that should have been put to bed last year
  2. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Then why not lock it down.
  3. by   flashpoint
    Well...I haven't read all of this very old thread, but I say...take away her birthday, make her work nights, and be forgiving...it only happened once and no harm was done. Realize the risk of sticking someone in a dark room for long periods of time and remember to either check on them often or rotate staff out...
  4. by   HM2VikingRN
    Rotating out was the right thing. When we are doing 1-1's other staff make rounds and check on each other. If that didn't happen then there is a real systemic problem with staffing and job design. (In some respects everyone failed on the shift.) Rotations are the righ way to do it and the staff need to watch out for each other. (I haven't read the entire thread)
  5. by   TallGirlAni
    Maybe there were extenuating circumstances?
    Is the nurse on medication?
    Had she been working a double?
    Has she done this before?

    Since this patient was deemed to be in jeopardy of pulling at his trach, why was he not put on a 1:1 observation or the doctor called for possible restraints?
  6. by   Daytonite
    Fellow forum members! Please! You are :deadhorse . This incident occurred back in October. If you want to see the resolution and what happened to this nurse I posted it here https://allnurses.com/forums/1358660-post157.html on this same thread at post #157. The nurse was not fired. She was given a disciplinary warning. As it turned out, it wasn't even her patient, it was another nurses's patient. This nurse who was found sleeping is still working. The nurse whose patient the "sleeping nurse" was found with eventually quit as she was not working up to par anyway and making many errors--among them, forgetting to give this particular patient his IV piggybacks that morning. Many of you will be happy to know that the nurse manager really defended this "sleeping nurse" to the DON and that is primarily why she was able to keep her job. It was believed that she was sleeping for a very short period of time and it happened while she was keeping a patient calmed. Otherwise, she would have been fired because the facility had a strict policy of no sleeping on the job.
  7. by   madwife2002
    I aggree this thread needs to be locked it is old now. Thanks for the update