Assisted living turned nightmare

  1. Need opinions please? I work in an assisted living caring for 42 patients. 6 diabetics. 5 total cares. Home health involved so also doing wound vacs. Wound care 5 days a week. 2 RCA for 42 residents. All admissions. All patient hospital transfers. Nurses are responsible for 11 direct care patients, including all medical records for all 11 patients ie: chart thinning, all health assessments, all physician orders. All weights and vitals. Now are DON has informed that he cannot do his job and also complete insurance authorizations, so another tasks is added to nurses. I have been a nurse 22 years so I am no means short on time management, prioritizing. Also, just to add to the chaos. Our Executive director has zero medical background and also feels that we must cater to every whim of residents and their families. We are to drop all our tasks if a patient's family wants 20 min or 1 hour of our time. Total counter productive. So now to the issue. Med pass starts immediate after report takes from 3pm to 6 pm to complete.( every nurse that works these carts that is the timeline.) 6 to 7 pm is sending meds back or catch up because we had to drop what we are doing to cater to every need of families no matter how inconsequential. 7pm to 9:30 pm is second med pass. 9:30 to 10 pm is wound care sometimes longer 10:15pm. Oncoming replacement nurse comes in @ 10:30 pm. So now when do I chart? Take off orders. Complete daily medical records duties. And now they want us to take over insurance authorizations. My DON has pretty much outright stated. There will be a lot of punching out @ shift end and staying 3 to 4 hours over each day we work to complete all administrative duties. No staff backup plan in building for call offs. Vacations etc... Just enough nurses RCA's to cover each shift. No prn pool. No agency. I was told I cannot cut my hours to 32 because there is no one to replace me. But DON just let day shift nurse cut her hours to 32. Oh yes, I almost forgot, as you can see no lunch breaks for any nurse. But we must write down we took 30 minutes. If I write no lunch I am disciplined. This is absolute humanly impossible to complete in 8 hours. Everything administrative is months behind etc.... and all that keeps happening are write ups and revolving door of nurses because our Exec director cannot see that expecting your nurses to care for 42 residents and approx. 4 hours of administrative duties daily is not possible to complete in 8 hours period. Oh and also we are not allowed to inform families of severe shortage of staff. If there is one RCA for 42. Same workload expected as if there were 4 RCA's. I forgot to mention, there is absolutely not even 5 minutes allotted for falls, which on average there are 3 to 4 a night due to severe understaffing. We have to take our walkies in to bathroom and must answer even if we are indisposed in the bathroom. You must get up from lunch for every call. We are not allowed to refuse any call to eat.

    Last edit by danij040866 on Jul 1
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  3. by   beekee
    Seriously, why do you stay?
  4. by   danij040866
    I ask myself that everyday. I am set up for failure as soon as my skechers hit the door. I am finding this type activity almost in every AL because of minimal regulation.
  5. by   JKL33
    You need to leave. I understand you shared a lot of examples of wrong things so that we could understand the situation, but the fact is, there are only two things that matter: Patients are not being given safe care, and workers are expected to work for free.

    Leave. End of story.
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from danij040866
    My DON has pretty much outright stated. There will be a lot of punching out @ shift end and staying 3 to 4 hours over each day we work to complete all administrative duties.
    This is not legal. Time to put in your notice, immediately.
  7. by   beekee
    Quote from Pixie.RN
    This is not legal. Time to put in your notice, immediately.
    And, don't punch out and work for free. If you make $30/hr and work 4 days a week. You are giving them $360 to $480 per week. Assuming 50 weeks a year, that's $18,000 to $24,000 per year worth of work you are donating to them.
  8. by   danij040866
    I realize this is illegal. Just disgusted that there is always a catch 22. If I don't chart I am up **** creek. I can't pass on my treatments etc... Can't pass on all my assessments etc... Our DON is from Kenya and has an attitude if you can't do all this there is the door. But nobody is completing it because it can't be done.
  9. by   caliotter3
    File a complaint with the Labor Board for the forced working off the clock when you're on your way out the door. Sometimes employers react when an outside regulatory agency makes life interesting for them. They would certainly enjoy paying the lost wages, plus the additional penalty amount levied, as well as any fines. That should get their attention.
  10. by   beekee
    Quote from danij040866
    I realize this is illegal. Just disgusted that there is always a catch 22. If I don't chart I am up **** creek. I can't pass on my treatments etc... Can't pass on all my assessments etc... Our DON is from Kenya and has an attitude if you can't do all this there is the door. But nobody is completing it because it can't be done.
    So why do you stay? This really seems like a pretty simple problem to solve.
  11. by   Been there,done that
    Good that you got that off your chest.

    "This is absolute humanly impossible to complete in 8 hours." The situation will not improve.
    Now.. quit making money for the corporate masters, and find a better job.
  12. by   JKL33
    Your DON being from Kenya has absolutely nothing to do with this.
  13. by   CelticGoddess
    I agree with Caliotter, contact your states labor board and put in your notice. Not necessarily in that order. Good luck
  14. by   ponymom
    What the hell is the matter with you....of course you start notifying families, notating that you had no lunch, calling ems for the falls, staying on the clock is to chart.. Back those pigs of a DON and administrator off to the wall and call their bluff. Oh and tell each of them to stick those insurance authorizations right up each other's as...

    Give the family members the pig's office phone numbers, and their personal numbers if you have them.

    Do not give notice that you are quitting. Just do it.

    And whats Kenya got to do with anything?

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