Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities also have independent housing on the same campus. In case of a medical emergency in the independent housing apartments, would the nursing supervisor be responding as a staff nurse or a bystander? I don’t think the residents of the independent housing have an actual medical record with the facility.
Staff Nurse vs. Bystander
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Staff Nurse vs. Bystander,
The answer to this question is one you need to know if in fact you are a nurse working in that setting. And the answer depends on your state law and the policies of your facility/employer. This question should be directly addressed with your immediate supervisor ASAP and there should be a written policy in place to address this very situation. If you don’t work there but have a loved one in residence there, you can and should still ask what the policy and practice is on that issue.
You might contact your state chapter of the Assisted Living Nurses Association at (www.alnursing.org) and/or the Association of Directors of Nursing in Long Term Care (www.nadona.org) for information related to state laws in this type of setting or situation. You also should belong to one or both of these associations. You also can consult a nurse attorney to be clear on what your responsibilities and liabilities are in this setting in the scenario you mention if you are an employee there or considering employment.