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Team Nursing

BarbiJo BarbiJo (New) New

Has anyone had success with team nursing? We are piloting a program on our acute care/tele unit. One RN does all of the charting for plan of care, etc., and head to toe assessments, and talking to MDs.. The other passes meds, educates on those meds, and runs around with all of the other things - getting pts ready for surgery... back from surgery, dressing changes, and stopping those lovely iv pumps from going off. There is a tech, but they are not assigned specifically to the team. We are doing 11 patients, both day and night. I'm not sure how the techs are split up... we had one tech for some patients - some for others.

Any thoughts and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

tokmom, BSN, RN

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience.

I'm curious how one nurse charts on what the other nurse did the entire shift? Seems rather unbalanced IMO and I certainly wouldn't want to be the one on the floor.

Our team nursing in the past, was each nurse had their core group, but received report together. That way they knew each others patients and could relieve or answer call lights. One CNA was between the two.

TriciaJ, RN

Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory. Has 40 years experience.

Sounds like fragmented care to me. Like assembly-line nursing. I'd have a hard time warming up to the idea.