Well, I wouldn't put my purse in a patient's room because.. ewww.. they're nasty. I know what's been in that room and how the housekeeping staff cleans them (not very well). But I don't bring a purse to work anyways. I usually just stuff a couple of buck in my pocket and I have a bag with stethescope, penlight, etc that I stick in a drawer at the nurses's station. But, gee whiz, the least they can do is stick some lockers in the break room for you guys!
We're currently in the process of reviewing our visitation hours and the new CNO is asking for recommendations and what other facilities do. Personally, I agree with limited visiting hours and making exceptions. There's always a few nurses that love to "impress" the families and let them in all at once and at all hours that really screws it up for the rest of us that are trying to control it. I could care less if I'm their "favorite" nurse. I just want to give good care and its so difficult to do when Second-cousin-George-once-removed-on-his-sister's-side is standing next to the bed telling me, "well, when I was in the hospital with my gallbladder attack, this is what they'd do....blah, blah, blah", or better yet, you've got the family member who feels it necessary to tell you everytime the numbers on the monitor change "you know, that thing is saying 97 now and not 100 anymore.. don't you think you should do something?" I love to ask.. "what would you like me to do?" Yes, I am jaded and can be quite the smart-arse these days.. but I always say it with a smile!