Dont know if this is the correct forum for this posting, but am gonna give it a shot.
What in your opinion constitutes pt abandonment? How does your unit deal with shift report?
Ya see, my sister works at a small hospital, and it seems that there is no set time to clock in and recieve report. The nurses just wander in and sometimes it is 0830 before they get out of report.
During this report they have to answer call lights and deliver pt care to ppl who may or may not be a part of their assignment.
The previous shift clocks out at 0708 so there is no one assuming
pt care. No one has really accepted their assignment because report has not even begun yet !!!!!!! I feel this is abandonment by the previous shift, but her administration just poo-poo's her complaints regarding contnuity of care...
The breakfast trays have arrived and they are just getting out of report. They pass trays and try to work in a few assessments but there are pts to be fed. The CNA's have creative scheduling and come to work at 0830, but when sis asks them to help feed pts they tell her that THEY have to eat their breakfast first.
She is frequently floated to another unit in the hospital where report is recieved at the desk. This is an acute care area...visitors and others are walking around the desk area, and some family members have been known to lurk around corners to listen to report.:stone The phone rings constantly, the call lights are going off and unless certain night nurses are working,the responsibility for these pts falls on those who have not completed report yet. There is total lack of support from management and she is frustrated and angry that no one feels this is an abandonment issue...
Doctors complain that none of the nurses know what is going on because they are so late getting out of report.
I have told her to look for another place of employment. She is looking seriously but until she is hired elsewhere,she is still gonna be frustrated with this situation. She has followed the chain of command with her concerns and they have reacted in a very hositile manner...even suggested counseling for anger management. I hope she finds another job soon...I find this situation unaceptable and very unprofessional...
I shall await your opinions...looking for other's opinions and input...does this sort of thing take place where you work???
Yall take care,ya hear????
Oh yeah...forgot to add that my sis always reports to work at 0640,the appropriate time to clock in and is ready for report at 0645...we have had this obsession with being on time all of our professional lives..ingrained by " old school " training. There just seems to be a total lack of respect at that little hole in the wall.
OK...will really go now !!!!