We have admission nurses and I agree with what Thunderwolf said, " I value the admit nurse greatly...almost to the point of worship." Our unit clerk kids me that I have the admission nurse on speed-dial, so I can contact her the minute I hear I'm getting an admission. I believe there are two for the whole hospital, but I don't know if they are on at the same time. They work 8 and 12-hour shifts and begin around noon, but again, not sure (I work 3-11 when many admissions are finally ready for the floors). I know they're available up to around 2330.
They only do the admission basics since they stay pretty busy and in-demand. They do all the computer documentation of historical and clinical data and choose/enter an appropriate care plan, but it's up to us to personalize the care plan. They only do assessments if the nurse getting the admission is an LPN, and if the admission nurse is too busy, the RN covering the LPN must do the initial assessment. They originally were helping by checking orders and even taking them off, but not anymore. Also, they only work Monday-Friday, so we do our own admissions on the weekends. We also always do our own discharges since we know the patients best, and discharges are rarely, if ever
as time-consuming as admissions.
I ~~~LOVE~~~ our admission nurses! :redpinkhe