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October 2004, Volume 34 Number 10 , p 18 - 18



 © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(10)             October 2004             p 18 Qualified on paper only [ADVICE, P.R.N.: BASIC LIFE SUPPORT]


I work the night shift in a group-home facility with about 40 residents. At night, the only other nurse on duty with me (I'll call her Barbara) has worked here for 15 years, which is 14 years longer than I have. Besides being obese, Barbara has chronic back problems and has had spinal fusions of her neck and back. Consequently, her mobility is very limited .

Like all nurses in our facility, Barbara is trained in basic life support (BLS). But because she can't bend at the neck or waist, I don't think she's physically able to lower herself to the floor and perform rescue breathing or chest compressions. Most of our residents have full-code status, and I dread having to rely on Barbara for help if one of them needs ...

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