ADVICE, P.R.N.: Gambling with patient safety

November 2004 
Volume 34  Number 11
Pages 12 - 12
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    In the independent surgical center where I work as an RN, we don't have enough nurses or surgical technicians on staff to handle the patient load. So in a pinch, one of the surgeons pulls in an office clerk to help with procedures! Normally, this woman makes appointments and orders supplies. As far as I know, her only qualification is being the office manager's daughter .

    All the nurses are concerned about patient safety and professional liability, but we're reluctant to confront the surgeon because he's so chummy with the office manager. What do you say? —S.S., VT.

    Figure. No caption available. Don't be shy. This is a dangerous situation that must be corrected immediately. Qualifications for surgical assistants are delineated by various professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons ( ) and the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses ...

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