How does your units deal with having no PN and you have to take your pt to IR, CT, MRI,et?
Your other pt is left in the unit to be watched over by another RN who already has 2 critical pts, or 1 with a new unstable admit?
Who cares for your pt?
I recently returned to my unit after 2 hrs in IR, to find NO RN's near (W/I sight of pt or pt's monitor). IV alarming amiodarone gtt occluded, HR 110's. When I left HR in 80's.
This is a trend in my unit.
RN's walking around as if they are charge, not watching their pts. Large 23 bed unit. Going to staff meetings at 0715 or 1515 and leaving their pt's. Or, my favorite, going to breakfast and lunch and leaving their pt's.
Over half of staff new grads with less than 2 yrs experence hired right out of school.
It's not safe. When I try to explain this to management I get, I know, I know.