Timers in holding area

  1. In our PACU we do pre-op, and post-op. Recently they have decided to randomly and secretly time nurses to see how long it takes to pre-op the patient for surgery. Anyone heard of this? I feel like a toddler. Thanks.
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    RN; from US
    Specialty: 8 year(s) of experience in Med/Surg


  3. by   brownbook
    We did a similar study several years ago. One excellent (fast) nurse said she was intentionally working slower so "they" wouldn't think they could cut back on staff.

    Efficiency studies have been around for many years. I don't see anything wrong with gathering information. The problem is what they do with the information. Nurse X can admit one patient in 20 minutes.....therefore that is how we base our staffing. Doesn't take into account patient Z whose chart is missing some paperwork or whose glucose or BP is high requiring some phone calls, interventions, etc.