A nurse from an adult medical-surgical unit floats to a pediatric intensive care unit to help. The nurse has no experience with pediatrics or critical care. What should the nurse do next?
•The nurse should ask the supervisor to advise her about which tasks she is qualified for. Pediatrics is a very different specialty, and the nurse should not jeopardize her RN license by taking on an assignment that she is not trained for.
•Asking the charge nurse for a reduced workload may be appropriate, but the nurse still needs to identify which tasks are beyond her knowledge.