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Having trouble getting my nurse when I need her. She always seems to be busy getting vitals or doing something else where it's not appropriate to  interrupt her (and then I end up doing the nursing task -- inefficient).  Anyone have a good system to let the nurse know you need them? Our work stations are not very close together. I'm darn near strapping a walkie-talkie on her.. 

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If it's just you and a nurse, perhaps a door flag system; maybe a place on the counter where you put patients chart who need x y or z.  Put a tracking sheet to tell the nurse the next step; ua, then back to me.  Put a shelf thing on the door where you can put the tracking sheet.  For the hipaa lawyers out there, you can turn it face down, fold it in half.

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One clinic where I work has a series of chimes and other noisemakers--wind chimes to let the MAs know a patient is ready for rooming, a desk bell to let them know a patient is ready for discharge.  Small office, the noise carries reasonably well.

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We do use portable radios for certain nursing staff to communicate (e.g. triage talking to charge). We also have all hospital staff using a HIPAA compliant smartphone app called Mobile Heartbeat that allows us to text each other and receive group notifications for things like trauma alerts.


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3 hours ago, SCPA said:

Anyone have suggestions

Having trouble getting my nurse when I need her. She always seems to be busy getting vitals or doing something else where it's not appropriate to  interrupt her (and then I end up doing the nursing task -- inefficient).  Anyone have a good system to let the nurse know you need them? Our work stations are not very close together. I'm darn near strapping a walkie-talkie on her.. 

I hope it is not because they think of you as just mere ASSISTANT. We really need this name change

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We use a Vocera system...call the person you want to talk to, can leave a message if they can't immediately answer.  I call it my Star Trek Communicator" to patients, my "Portable "Pain in the Arse" to management...

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One clinic had a light outside the room - red - means - Provider in room needs someone not emergently.

I really like the shortwave 2 way walkie talkie things.

Had not thought of chimes but a doorbell type thing might be ok.

I have used a flag system with a wipe off board on the door - again, no HIPAA stuff, but I would write - "EKG and home", EKG and hold, neb tx with PF before and after, tdap and home or whatever. But, if the nurse is not walking by frequently - that is a moot point.

Let us know what works.

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Stop doing nursing work period.  

 

See above. 

 

 

Leave notes.  Interrupt her.  Do your job and let her do hers 

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We use vocera too but my MA and I are old school and we use post its. I put a post it on her monitor that says "EKG RM1" or "Labs RM2" etc. We are pretty efficient too. My CP and his MA use the Vocera a lot but the MA gets peeved when she is in the middle of something and the Vocera goes off with the doc barking orders. I like my system better.

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58 minutes ago, Joelseff said:

We use vocera too but my MA and I are old school and we use post its. I put a post it on her monitor that says "EKG RM1" or "Labs RM2" etc. We are pretty efficient too. My CP and his MA use the Vocera a lot but the MA gets peeved when she is in the middle of something and the Vocera goes off with the doc barking orders. I like my system better.

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I use my "DND" button a lot f I'm busy with something - a message is left.  I'll answer if I'm expecting a call back from a page or something, otherwise, unless it's a code, I hit the button or "Just Say No" to the call.

SK

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I use my "DND" button a lot f I'm busy with something - a message is left.  I'll answer if I'm expecting a call back from a page or something, otherwise, unless it's a code, I hit the button or "Just Say No" to the call.
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We have it setup where the provider and the MA have it in 2 way walkie talkie mode so we can reach each other instantly. It works for some of the teams but my MA and I have our own system.

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They are pricey...they do work if used properly, however they are a PITA if people don't use them appropriately.

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