Jimmy, the night supervisor at a local nursing home, is informed by police at 1:45 a.m. that the nursing home must evacuate due to a nearby cresting river. The river is expected to reach its peak by 5:00 a.m. Jimmy has 60 patients who need to be relocated. He only requires beds and furniture for a short time. According to the weather service, the evacuation will need to last between 24 and 36 hours.
A regional hospital is nearby, but it is being renovated. Jimmy contacts the hospital’s chief registered nurse and discovers that they have 54 beds available, many of which are in a newly repainted wing.
Jimmy must make a quick decision. In this situation, what should the night supervisor do? What policies and procedures are in place?