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Trauma 2 Hospital Question


Hello! I am hoping someone may know the answer to my question. I work at a level 2 Trauma Hospital in the Operating Room. Is there a minimum nursing and scrub tech staff that must be in house everyday? To give a little background, I am assigned to weekends at the moment, 12 hour shifts in the OR. The last 3 weeks we have been flexed off early and told that we can "make up"hours during the week if we want to, this leaves me working nearly 7 days a week for only a few hours at a time. So, I am wondering if there is a requirement where 1 or 2 nurses are required to be present at all times in case a trauma comes in and requires surgery.

Thanks for any input :)

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Moved to OR nursing

jeckrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR. Has 17 years experience.

It all depends on where the hospital is on the level 2 scale. I have worked at 2 level 2 trauma centers; one was manned 24 hours a day and the other staff was on call.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Not sure if it's regulatory requirements or just what my facility does, but we staff 1 free team at all times for trauma. During evenings/nights/weekends, we have 2 call teams as well.