Who Must "Take the Fall?" - page 6

I have wondered for many years about who is ultimatly responsible when a nurse who works in LTC has something tragic happen to her patient. Most nurses who have worked in LTC understand that they are... Read More

  1. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from Suesquatch
    What Cape Cod Mermaid said is getting quite distorted.

    She helped them. She is not required to feed - which happens to be my only hated part of nursing. She fed anyway so that the floor nurses could catch up. That put her behind while they sashayed out on time even though they would have been paid for staying. CapeCodMermaid, as management, does not get paid anything for extra time put in. I would have been annoyed, too.
    But as a nurse in a mgmt. position, she can also probably leave early/come in late/leave during the day for a phys. appt., etc. Try doing that as a staff nurse.

    And since when is it a crime for a staff nurse to get out on time? I'd be willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that the nurses there get out late frequently, then get disciplined for not getting out on time.
    Last edit by PANurseRN1 on Feb 18, '07
  2. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Thanks Suesquatch. To the other poster who intimated that I only cared about getting out on time....cripes!! Get the point...the point is, it is NOT my job to feed and yet because we were short staffed, I did....the staff nurses whose job it IS did not. That is the point. Another point...you all like to call management pencil pushers. If we don't push our pencils no one gets paid....why must the staff continually holler at management when it is their friends and coworkers who constantly call out??? I'm there....they are there....their friends have called out and somehow they think it is the fault of management....oh so easy to blame others instead of looking to yourself. And face it...some nurses are slugs...some are slackers...not everyone is a wonderful nurse who is just 'overwhelmed with all the work management expects of them'......
    Gee, I don't know...maybe because as a manager it's your responsibility to deal with problem employees. Are the staff nurses supposed to take that role on too? What would that exactly leave you to do?
  3. by   2longasn
    Two words of wisdom "liability insurance". It's a necessity in LTC. It's like CPR certification you never want to use it, but it helps to be prepared. Let the legal professionals figure out "who's going to take the fall". Staffing ratio's, resident acuities are definite factors. AND BTW if MGT is not open to the calls of their staff for change its not the the place to be. Nursing staff must realize that we have the power to change things. We do it everyday. We warn others to avoid certain facilities, avoid certain healthcare professionals, and even alert mgt when a particular Nurses judgement is questionable. All potentially harmful situations are reportable to the OMBUDSMAN.
  4. by   RNOTODAY
    I said it before, and I will say it again. Nursing is a sucker position.
    I curse the day I stepped foot into nursing school.