What should the nurse do in addressing the problems? A nurse works in a general medical-surgical unit where nurses work on 12-client pods. Each POD is staffed by two registered nurses. When one of the nurses leaves the unit for any reason, the other nurse cares for all 12 clients. If she needs help, she can call the agency's in-house resource nurse. One evening, the remaining nurse, who was making rounds of the other nurse's clients, found medications left at bedsides and a client with a blood-draw tourniquet on his ARM.
A. Inform the nurse-supervisor right away. B. Correct the problems and submit a written report. C. Speak to the coworker when she returns to the unit. D. Ask for a meeting with the coworker and a manager.
Mistakes always are made in any type of work. However, mistakes that are made in life-threatening jobs like nursing and firefighting are more dangerous and risky. Therefore, there should be methods for the employees to follow to catch the mistakes. In nursing, there are usually a couple of nurses on duty for one floor.
Sometimes, one nurse may need to use the bathroom or leave for some unknown reason. Then the other nurse must take over. In this case, there may be more room for error. If the nurse sees a mistake that was made by the other nurse, the nurse should speak to the coworker when she returns from the unit to inform him or her about what mistake was seen so that it can be corrected.
Speak to the coworker when she returns to the unit.-rationale: when a nurse discovers substandard practice by another nurse, its always appropriate to address the situation before conveying the information to a manager or supervisor. informing the nurse-supervisor first doesnt promote goodwill between nurses and can affect nursing care. it may be necessary to correct the problem before the nurse returns, but a written report may not be necessary if the issues can be remedied informally. if the problem persists, it may be necessary to meet jointly with a manager, but initially the problem should be addressed only by those directly involved.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: management of carecognitive level: applicationreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 342.