A nurse is a nurse is a nurse.....hmmm not quite
We have had several nurses out for various reasons and been struggling to find coverage for them... This is not a problem isolated to us, this is a national problem and will only get worse as more nurses reach retirement..
Because we are small rural ER it seems harder to get agency nurses for coverage than the bigger hospitals so the nurse supervisor gets creative and tries to utilize what staff we have.. this we all appreciate...
But on a weekend night shift sending a nurse from med/surg with less than 2 years experience, unable to place IVs, triage, order tests, nor has pyxis access and never been in a code.. or even seen a dead body for that matter.
Kinda makes you ask "What can you do?"