ANGRY! There's no place to eat or drink 'round here!

  1. 0 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!
    Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Sep 26, '07
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    About CaLLaCoDe

    From 'Portland'; Joined Dec '06; Posts: 1,220; Likes: 855.

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  4. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    I agree. Your hospital's new policy on food and drink really stinks.
  5. Visit  Soup Turtle profile page
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    Quote from TeleRNer
    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!

    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!
    It sounds like you're going to have to get sneaky.:uhoh21:
    pattycakeRN likes this.
  6. Visit  TazziRN profile page
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    My last place had that policy, but in the ER and ICU we were able to get away with it because they are locked units.
  7. Visit  EmilyUSFRN profile page
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    I have a story about this--
    we're used to eating and drinking all night long on our unit after sleeping all day (well, i guess same is true for day shift) and one night a girl was floated down to NICU where having even bottled water is strictly a no-no. So... her blood sugar dropped and she passed out COLD in a back hallway only to end up in the ER hooked up to a liter of fluids and some O2.
    Moral of this story... when working shifts longer than some are even awake, the rule of taking care of yourself first still applies. Hide your water and keep a granola bar in a pocket. if you have to sneak into an empty room to eat it even... if you aren't at your best due to hunger or dehydration your patients won't benefit at all.
  8. Visit  bethin profile page
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    I was told by my nm that it is either a board of health violation or a jcaho violation. Either way, it stinks and we don't follow it unless surveyors are around.
  9. Visit  RNperdiem profile page
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    How strictly followed is the rule, and how far away is the lounge?
    If the lounge is near, keep some quick nibbles on hand and a bottle of water. Duck in, have a nibble and get back to work. That's how it works for me. I don't like to move coffee mugs and soda cans around to find a place to chart.
  10. Visit  morte profile page
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    actually it is an OSHA reg...so t is for YOUR protection....to prevent you from eating/drinking contaminated food/fluid
  11. Visit  mianders profile page
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    OSHA or JCAHO says that a nurses station is a patient care area and that is why you can not have food or drinks there. I have been a nurse a long time and have never seen a nurse do patient care at the nurses station. It is a rediculous rule made by people who have no idea what they are talking about on this matter. Don't get me wrong they are both worthwhile orginizations, but this rule is wrong.
  12. Visit  BabyRN2Be profile page
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    Maybe OSHA has changed this regulation in the past 10 years, but there are some places where you can keep a drink out but it has to have either a cap or lid on it.

    What's really a shame about this is that you can't have food or drink or some type of nourishment nearby, yet you possibly won't get a lunch break either in which to consume some type of nourishment for the energy you need to get through the shift.
    Multicollinearity likes this.
  13. Visit  TigerGalLE profile page
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    We aren't allowed to have food or drinks at the nurses station either. Our nurse manager makes her rounds in the morning throwing any food or drinks directly into the trash. No questions asked. So I've learned to just suck it up and keep it in the break room. If I don't it will get trashed by 7:30. I think it is a DHEC violation. And if we get caught the hospital gets charged $10,000. At least that is what my NM says.

    Tiger
  14. Visit  NursingAgainstdaOdds profile page
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    Ah, the first thing we hide when we have a JCAHO scare...

    I can understand why it's a policy. It makes perfect sense healthwise to minimize the opportunities to contaminate your body. However, as has been previously stated, many of us don't get breaks/lunch and work long shifts, so there is a need to break this rule often. For my own part, I am very cautious. I acknowledge I am taking a risk by eating at work, but I think the risk of harming a patient or smashing my face into the tile is much greater, as I'm very prone to hypoglycemia.
    Multicollinearity likes this.
  15. Visit  CaLLaCoDe profile page
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    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


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