Situations where the need for health care is greater than the available resources can happen in any practice setting. You may be asked to increase your client load, work additional hours, work in unfamiliar areas and/or work without adequate resources. These situations require your professional judgment and ethical decision-making. To the best of your ability, you are responsible for providing safe, appropriate nursing care. If you find yourself working short staffed/with limited resources, the following strategies can help:
Whether you are a direct care nurse or a nurse manager, documentation outlines your concerns.
Work collaboratively with others to resolve these situations by suggesting strategies and supporting solutions that promote safe care.
Use Resolving Professional Practice Problems to help guide you through this process. If you're facing an ethical dilemma, follow the ethical decision-making framework in the Duty to Provide Care practice standard.
Nurses in leadership roles are expected to review your concerns and take appropriate action. They are expected to use strategies that support the provision of safe, competent and ethical care such as:
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