I work in an ICU where we currently have a monitor tech watching the monitors at the desk, at all times. We only have one monitor at the desk and of course in the patient rooms. A directive has recently come down from corporate that we are no longer budgeted to have a monitor tech position. The nurses are to watch the monitors for their patients at all times. We are not set up for this. Our room monitors will allow you to see your other patients monitor but one just that one, so if you are in another nurses room, helping with a bath or admission, no one is watching your patients, as we have no CNA/techs either, not to mention a code situation. Corporate doesn’t want to provide us with extra staffing for a CNA/tech and have instructed us to have the Charge nurse watch the patients. Often times our charge nurse has patients so that’s not a help. Our management has asked for ideas to present to corporate to assist us with this transition, so my question to the group is, how do you handle this in your ICU?
Thanks in advance!