LATE PATIENT/END OF DAY RESPONSIBILITIES *

Effective Date: 
Wed, 01/06/2016
Reviewed: 
Tue, 07/13/2021
Revised: 
Tue, 07/13/2021
Policy: 

In the event that any patients will still be in the building after 5:30pm, the late clinician and assigned nurse will confer to determine the best plan of care for these patients.  

Procedure: 

1.  The late clinician will confer with the assigned nurse at the end of each day to ensure all patients have been discharged from the building prior to leaving work.

2.  In the event that patients are still in the building, the late clinician and assigned nurse will confirm with the treating provider that no assistance is needed from the late clinician prior to their departure. The late clinician assignment is rotated among career clinicians and has the primary responsibility to stay after 5:30pm if needed for patient care.  It is the responsibility of the late clinician to arrange physician coverage for this back up responsibility if the late clinician departs prior to the last patient leaving.

3.  Each day, on a rotating basis one member of the Nursing staff is assigned to stay after 5:30pm if needed for patient care. 

4.  Anytime patients are still on-site, at a minimum,  two members of staff (1 clinician and 1 nurse) will remain until patient discharge. 

5.  A designated nurse is responsible for notifying Ancillary Services (Lab, Radiology, Pharmacy) at end of day when all students have been discharged and their services are no longer needed.