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As Rn on duty as a medication and floor nurse my co has told

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as Rn on duty as a medication and floor nurse my co has told me I have to leave my floor and go outside property to apt and villas to answer calls for help I work at a large complex and must evaluate caller from falls to tv remote assess call 911 if needed is it ethicial to leave my residents to answer these calls due to no supervisor on duty
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 1 year ago.
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If they have a LPN or other qualified person to supervise your patients on the floor for a temporary absence for you to leave the premises, the employer has a right to impose such a reasonable rule. If there is not at least an LPN on duty to relieve you when you leave, then this could be deemed patient abandonment so you would have a basis to file a complaint with the PA Board of Nursing and the PA Department of Heath which regulates these facilities and they would have to investigate the situation.