Using the assigned readings and information from the literature, compose a response to the following:
Scenario: The Registered Nurse arrives to begin the shift on a busy medical-surgical floor and discovers the other RN scheduled to work has called in sick. The patient census is 30. Two unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) have been assigned to the unit. The RN is responsible for administering all patientsâ€™ medications during the shift. One of the patients who is very ill requires the use of transmission-based precautions for chicken pox.
The RN approaches the room to administer the medication, notes the sign about the type of transmission-based precaution for this patient and thinks â€œI donâ€™t need to use the precautionsâ€. The RN enters the patientâ€™s room and hangs the intravenous medication. Upon leaving the RN thinks â€œSee I was only in there less than 5 minutes and no harm done. The greater good is I can get the other medications out to patients that need them now.â€