I get calling CPS/Social Services but for us, that is not necessarily and immediate response thing, especially on the weekend. The family structures out here are so broken. :S Honestly, in another part of the country this mom may not even have custody of this kid (btw who is less than 10 y/o). There are no taxis or buses out here, and if there was, still no relatives to accept the child.
So..here we are, going on day 2 of babysitting.
I am very happy they did not ask me to take this patient because I would have been furious that nothing further had been done to get this girl to suitable care. I'd be responsible for a child who is at the nurses desk every 10 minutes requesting things for the mother. I mean that means we are the guardian and legally responsible for this child and any mischief she gets into, if anyone should touch her wrong, if she should play with dangerous equipment, wander off ward, disappear with a stranger, eat something she's allergic to, fall down???
I don't know--its such a tricky situation where you really want to make sure this patient is cared for but taking a personal risk in a very non-ideal situation. And we've set a precedence now that I'm not sure I'm comfortable with.
(I could do mom's and neonates-- no problem as anything super acute for mother would not be at our hospital and also we are "Baby Friendly.")