My hospital has addopted a policy of No iota of food at or near one's work station. The rule is that all of your drinks (including bottled water) and all of any snacks are to be held in the lounge and never ever be near your area of work. Not even an innocent package of gum!:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire
I agreee, having food in the hallway on counters left behind by staff from the last shift is troublesome and a nuissance when you have to spend time cleaning up other's messes. However, when the lounge is located 1/2 a football field's length from your patient's rooms, it's really quite inhumane to ask anyone to chase back and forth after an energy drink and take care of 5 patients all at the same time.
So that's basically my gripe! Not being allowed to have food or drink near your area of work!
I'll admit I've been known to hide my coffee now and then!
I've thought about solutions to this dilemma of having to break the rules by sneaking food or bottles of water, hiding them behind my computer monitor is handy but not entirely perfect, for if I can't see the food I'm not reminded of the importance of eating during my shift! LOL
You know those cammel packs so often sported by keen mountain bicyclists on their jaunts that allow for ample liquids to rest on the back? Well that definitely could go over well on our line of work; just enhance the pack with nursing approved all white with a big red cross on the back and a specially designed nozzle that doesn't allow for back flow. Perhaps in the future folks will think of us similar to astronauts with all of our life sustaining stuff strapped to our person. Only problem is enduring the fatigue when you're weighted down crouching to measure the output of those darn foleys at end of shift!
Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Sep 17, '07