Which action should this nurse take in the following case?
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A nursing supervisor asks a pediatric nurse to work temporarily (float) in the intensive care unit (ICU) because there are few clients in the pediatric unit. The pediatric nurse has never worked in ICU and has no intensive care experience.
A. Refuse to float to the ICU. B. Notify the nursing supervisor that she feels unqualified and untrained for the assignment. C. Report to the ICU and accept a total client assignment; ask the nurses for assistance when necessary. D. Report to the ICU, tell the ICU nurses she has never worked in the ICU, and let the nurses decide what tasks she can perform.
Notify the nursing supervisor that she feels unqualified and untrained for the assignment.-rationale: the pediatric nurse should notify the nursing supervisor about feeling unqualified and untrained to float in the icu. the nursing supervisor can advise the pediatric nurse about tasks she is qualified to perform in the icu without jeopardizing her nursing license. when the census on a unit is low, many facilities use staff to float to another unit as a cost-effective and reasonable way for managing resources. having the icu nurses determine what tasks the pediatric nurse can perform makes the icu nurses responsible for the pediatirc nurses performance. however, the nursing supervisor should make those decisions because the supervisor knows the overall needs of the facility and can, therefore, best allocate nursing resources. a nurse should never accept responsibility for a total client care assignment if she doesnt have the skills to plan and deliver care.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: management of carecognitive level: applicationreference: craven, r.f., and hirnle, c.j. fundamentals of nursing: human health and function, 5th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 100.