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OMG JACHO IS HERE!

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hppygr8ful has 15 years experience and works as a RN - Adolescent Psych.

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I actually worked at one hospital that had a special code they'd announce on the intercom when Joint Commission arrived. It'd be announced and everyone in management would be scrambling around, it was kind of funny actually, like they were announcing the beginning of an invasion.

My facility is just upfront about it. There's a hospital-wide announcement "[Hospital] is proud to welcome representatives from The Joint Commission. . ." And then the ensuing panic.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience and works as a case manager.

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Joint whatever is a joke. Everybody knows when they are arriving and there are days to prepare.

Sometimes, I felt like answering their questions, sometimes I didn't. I would then duck into a room and become concerned about a "change" in my patient's condition.

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I've never had the pleasure of being around when they've come by.

Me either, but then I work in private duty so it's not like I'd ever see them anyway. I can tell when the state is coming to the office though to check all the paper work, because the case managers start getting really anal about any corrections that need to be done on our charting and MUST be completed by such and such a date.

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hppygr8ful has 15 years experience and works as a RN - Adolescent Psych.

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I was on duty last time they were here. Guess who they followed and questioned?

Well I was on the med cart for the day so they followed me of course. Recounted my narcs checked all my expiration dates watched me wash my hands a dozen times etc..... I survived though

Hppy

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hppygr8ful has 15 years experience and works as a RN - Adolescent Psych.

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You sound just as excited about them as I am about state surveyors showing up at my facility :)

State surveyors in California make the joint commission look like pussycats!

Hppy

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nursel56 has 25+ years experience and works as a Home health, private duty.

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State surveyors in California make the joint commission look like pussycats!

Hppy

Really? Guess I dodged the big bullet so far!

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and works as a Retired/Disabled Nurse and Blogger.

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Years ago when TJC came through my hospital, I was asked by the powers that be to demonstrate crash-cart checks for them. There they were, clipboards in hand, as I grabbed the checklist off the back of the cart only to discover that NO ONE HAD CHECKED THE CART OVER THE WEEKEND. Three days with no nurses' signatures. Needless to say, management and I were MORTIFIED and what's worse, one of the assistant department managers asked me to explain why there were blanks on the form. Well, I had no idea because I hadn't worked the weekend, so I stood there blushing brightly and said the three little words: "I don't know". But I didn't give up and go home---nope, just went on with the demonstration as if nothing were amiss. Later on, the president of the hospital sought me out to thank me for my professionalism. Nothing like being put on the spot!

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I actually worked at one hospital that had a special code they'd announce on the intercom when Joint Commission arrived. It'd be announced and everyone in management would be scrambling around, it was kind of funny actually, like they were announcing the beginning of an invasion.

My husband (also a nurse) said they would make an announcement. Something along the lines of "Dr. Survey, Dr. Survey, please call the nurses station. Dr. Survey, please call the nurses station." I laughed so hard because I am pretty sure it was that obvious.

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silverbat has 22 years experience and works as a Care Coordination.

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My SNF would overhead page the admin and DON to come to the lobby. Like Mr Smith mrs Jones please come to the lobby. Lol.

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This is why I work nights, do not want to run into them!

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Crush has 13 years experience and works as a RN-BSN.

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Years ago when TJC came through my hospital, I was asked by the powers that be to demonstrate crash-cart checks for them. There they were, clipboards in hand, as I grabbed the checklist off the back of the cart only to discover that NO ONE HAD CHECKED THE CART OVER THE WEEKEND. Three days with no nurses' signatures. Needless to say, management and I were MORTIFIED and what's worse, one of the assistant department managers asked me to explain why there were blanks on the form. Well, I had no idea because I hadn't worked the weekend, so I stood there blushing brightly and said the three little words: "I don't know". But I didn't give up and go home---nope, just went on with the demonstration as if nothing were amiss. Later on, the president of the hospital sought me out to thank me for my professionalism. Nothing like being put on the spot!

That is about how mine went too. No med cart but had to show them around the unit and the med room. It did not seem to be too bad. We were ready.

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My husband (also a nurse) said they would make an announcement. Something along the lines of "Dr. Survey, Dr. Survey, please call the nurses station. Dr. Survey, please call the nurses station." I laughed so hard because I am pretty sure it was that obvious.

I used to hear something similar when I went in alone to do complaint surveys. " Administrator to the chapel" was on the overhead. When I exited I would hear, " all clear" as I walked to the car.

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