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by Fancy Face Fancy Face (Member) Member

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Nurses, Have you ever been pulled from your unit ONE HOUR into your med pass to float to another unit... (40 residents)

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ohmeowzer RN is a RN and specializes in ob/gyn med /surg.

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yes , this has happened to me many times over the years. i just go with the flow and float where they need me. you can't fight city hall , and if's my turn to go then i go where i am needed.

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Haven't seen that. However, one nurse took an "emergency" phone call during med pass. She announced that she had to go home and left the unit. The med cart looked as if a tornado had struck with half poured meds and stuff all over. The nursing supervisor told me she had to take over the med pass and couldn't figure out a "blank" thing that the nurse had done, except leave everything in disarray.

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d!gger has 7 years experience and specializes in psyche, dialysis, community health.

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Yes, happens a lot where I work. It sucks.

The only hedges against it that I've found (besides adequate staffing) is impeccable, immediate documentation and exceedingly obvious organization.

It's wrong, but it happens.

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Riseupandnurse has 15 years experience and specializes in Medical Surgical.

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When we first started using computers, I was one of the few nurses trained on them early. Because I could use the computer, I was once pulled 3 times in an 8 hour shift. And get this: once to be an RN, twice to be an NA, and once to be a ward clerk.

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achot chavi has 20 years experience and specializes in acute care and geriatric.

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We do what we gotta do and go with the flow... unfair as it seems.. Sorry!

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i see that this is in long term care...(40 residents), no, i havent seen this, but i work mostly nocs, and no i wouldnt do it....unless do/to illness or injury.....and even with that i would finsish first.

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If this is a normal practice, how is it SAFE to count off on first unit (one hour into med pass) and go to second unit (after that hour has passed) and start from scratch??? The meds would all be passed late, it doesn't seem like safe practice. I refused on the grounds it was unsafe and was told I did not have a choice.

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achot chavi has 20 years experience and specializes in acute care and geriatric.

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In principle I agree but we have had situations of nurses fainting and we have to do whatever is necessary.

I don't know both sides of the story or why you were pulled when you were,

I would let the situation ride and let it go.

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If this is a normal practice, how is it SAFE to count off on first unit (one hour into med pass) and go to second unit (after that hour has passed) and start from scratch??? The meds would all be passed late, it doesn't seem like safe practice. I refused on the grounds it was unsafe and was told I did not have a choice.

i think some of the respondents are from acute care, which is why i pointed out that i could see this was long term.....if none of the meds had been passed on the other unit, it would seem they had a no call/no show....or just forgot to staff? and were trying to cover their own arses........

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CoffeeRTC has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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I'm not sure I get it. Was is just a staffing change or an emergency? I've done it with an emergency. The nurse who has left will count, give a really quick report, sign off and leave. Again, this would be done for an emergency or absolute need. What else can you do? The residents still need care.

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