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Have you floated "to" or "from" your hospital's COVID-19 unit?

Disasters   (280 Views | 6 Replies)

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If your hospital unit is a designated COVID-19 ,positive and/or rule out unit, have you floated to a unit that is not a COVID-19?  What do you want to tell the nurses on the non COVID-19 unit.

If your hospital unit is not a designated COVID-19 unit, have you floated to a COVID-19 unit?

What do you want to tell the nurses on your unit?

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I have yet to float to my hospital's COVID-19 unit, but I have worked with one who has. Their unit decreased the patient per RN ratio, but increased the patient per CNA ratio.  So instead of the RNs having 6 to 7 patients on a MED-SURG unit they now have 4to 5.  Instead of the CNA having 10 to 14 patients; they now have 20-24 patients.  I found this odd considering that CNAs on non COVID-19 units are being cancelled and the close contact nature of CNA job.

Then I heard of COVID-19 unit with no CNAs.

 

Doesn't make sense to me.

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A Hit With The Ladies has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Psych.

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I volunteered for being floated to my psych hospital's COVID unit, when a patient or two shows up there, but I never get sent there. Staffing plays favorites, I think, and the staff that get consistently sent there get 25% pay bump!

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OUxPhys has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiology.

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My floor was converted to the covid floor. It was nice at first. You had 1-2 pts at most but with my state slowly- re-opening the other floors are taking their nurses back so that meant going back to old ratios which sucks. We have at least 6-7 totals on the floor and 4 of them are feeds. Two of those are in restraints. We still get 1 "runner" who can go off the floor and get stuff but we sometimes get another aid to help with the feeds. If we dont the RNs do it. We do everything on our floor. So many people dont come down to our floor. It's exhausting.

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Are there still covids on your unit?

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CampyCamp has 18 years experience as a RN.

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I get 3-4 pts in med surg covid, 3 in progressive side of covid ICU and still 2 in the acute side. We have 1:1 only for CVVH. So, for the first time in my career, I don't care if they want me in MS. It's the least stressful place to be even with the baseline confused people and the total feeds. We might have an aide in any of those areas, we might not. We almost always have a clean runner in MS, always in ICU/PCU

We are the RNs, aides, housekeepers, tray passers, RTs, PTs, and it seems, sometimes the doctors on MS since some seem to avoid the rooms and just observe the patient through the window while we work. 

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1 hour ago, CampyCamp said:

I get 3-4 pts in med surg covid, 3 in progressive side of covid ICU and still 2 in the acute side. We have 1:1 only for CVVH. So, for the first time in my career, I don't care if they want me in MS. It's the least stressful place to be even with the baseline confused people and the total feeds. We might have an aide in any of those areas, we might not. We almost always have a clean runner in MS, always in ICU/PCU

We are the RNs, aides, housekeepers, tray passers, RTs, PTs, and it seems, sometimes the doctors on MS since some seem to avoid the rooms and just observe the patient through the window while we work. 

Floaters from our COVID unit said my unit was a break for them.

This "runner" thing is interesting. Doesnt supply bring things up?

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OUxPhys has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiology.

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4 hours ago, DesiDani said:

Floaters from our COVID unit said my unit was a break for them.

This "runner" thing is interesting. Doesnt supply bring things up?

No. Today was the first day in almost two months supply came up to scan and re-stock our supply room. Before we had to call down what we needed. The runner was someone who didn't go into rooms so that they could go off the floor. We had a free charge too before we got too many pts.

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