I need some advice. I have been the admission nurse for almost 3 months. It was a newly developed position. Mainly my duties are to do the admission assessment, nursing hx, care plan, flow sheet. On a real good day I can get 5 admissions done... lately I have been able to only get 3-4 admissions completed. I come in at 12pm and leave at 6pm. I am hoping someone reading this forum can give me some suggestions complete admissions in more timely manner. Post op pts seem to be the easiest to admit...unless they are having alot of pain...but most of their hx info is already in the chart when they arrive to the floor. The longest admits are usually pts with multiple wounds that need to be measured and photographed and printed. Pts with multiple issues that have alot of info to talk about. I am the only admission nurse that covers approx 90 beds....The staff is very positive about what I do, but I feel bad because I can't help everyone. When I am not busy I help with discharges...blood draws if needed...so far not too many IV starts...chart audits.. I am looking for suggestions on how I should prioritize admissions.... I tend to stay in the halls that have been bombarded with admits..
Thank you for your assist
Jun 15, '07
Thank you again for your reply. It sounds as though your hospital is computerized which probably helps speed things up a bit. I don't know how swamped your floor nurses are, it seems as though our hospital is clammoring for open beds as soon as a pt is discharged. ED and OR are looking for bed placements. The turn around time on the floor for pts is very fast. So taking away the initial assessment from the primary nurse helps alot in the documentation time for them. Alot of the time they are with me during the assessment so they can see what's going on and they don't have to double my work. They make an initial note if they see the pt before me, and once I am done or before... I tell them anything pertinent.
Last edit by returningnurse2006 on Jun 15, '07
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