Bad Habits Nurses Develop - page 7

I don't know about you, but out in the "real world" I've seen a lot of things that would not fly in school! Here are a few: Pre-popping pills Not using MARs on med pass Not washing hands/using... Read More

  1. by   JVanRN
    Quote from slinkeecat
    MY BAD HABIT IS THROWING EVERYTHING IN TO MY POCKETS IN THE COURSE OF MY SHIFT...THEN I FORGET TO EMPTY MY POCKETS, i HAVE A LOT OF POCKETS... SO WHEN I GET HOME I EMPTY THEM AND I HAVE A BAZILLION ALCHOL PADS, ADAPTERS, SALINE SYRINGES, 2X2'S , Opsites AND BANDAIDS And rolls upon rolls of tape.... not to mention a tubex or two.....
    I alone am probably the the reason for the rizing cost of health care lol...Ohhh, and it is a mystery how I start my shift with one highlighter, and two pens... and can magically pull out 3 of each......
    That is my bad bad HABIT...
    I NEED HELP....LOL
    i CANNOT SEEM TO STOP MY SELF

    DOES NAYONE ELSE SUFFER FROM THIS 12 HRS BOUTS OF KLEPTOMANIA???
    YES!!!! I'll end up bringing home a ton of alcohol pads (not meaning to take them home). My DH uses them after he shaves and for miscillaneous stuff. When he runs low he'll ask me to bring some more home! Like I bring them home on purpose for his personal use!!! I try to explain this to him but he doesn't get it.
  2. by   RN&MOM2Girls
    I put a lable on my pens, I come to work with a blue or black one and a red one, if I don't have my name on it, I make a lable with our lable maker for it. That way everyone knows who's pen it is. If it gets misplaced or lost, I just ask everyone to empty their pockets, usually someone has picked it up in passing or while charting and forgot to leave it. It saves me $$$ on pens, and I don't loose my favorite pen that way! Oh a little side note...some of the other nurses have started to put name lables on theirs too!!!
  3. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from bissie
    What about not wiping Y-ports on IV tubing with alcohol prior to accessing?
    This just isn't done in the ER..but when you think about it...eww
    Doesn't really do anything except move the germs around unless you actually stand there and wait for the alcohol to dry before accessing the port. Most folks that do use the alcohol just swab and go for it. Might as well not even bother.
  4. by   PSB0001
    I confess I stash my purse in the bottom of the med cart. And try not to think about any treaments or ointments in bottom drawer that may not be bagged in ziplocks. Ugh. However thanks to previous shifts ratpacking there is usually a layer of tube feeding cans, tube feeding bottles, tubing, extra anything offgoing nurse might happen to need and isn't willing to walk two extra steps to go get. Have to admit the minute I give into urge to restock extras from bottom of cart I"M the goober who suddenly needs whatever I cleaned out of cart. Am learning to live peaceably with ratpackers.
  5. by   Hairstylingnurse
    Quote from Debbie_LPN
    I don't know about you, but out in the "real world" I've seen a lot of things that would not fly in school! Here are a few:

    Pre-popping pills
    Not using MARs on med pass
    Not washing hands/using sanitizer between patients
    CNAs not wearing gloves to clean up BM
    Not wearing gloves to do fingersticks

    Like I said, these are just a few. Can anyone think of anything else???
    What about the nurses that don't wash thier hands, and then stick thier finger down a shared med or vitamin bottle, to get a single pill(after getting frustrated with not being able to pour just one in the lid of the bottle.Then again, I guess if they didn't expect nurses to do 12 hours of work in an 8 hour shift then bad habits wouldn't be an issue.
    Last edit by Hairstylingnurse on Mar 9, '05
  6. by   pediatriclpn
    I started in the days of no gloves for personal care, and I remember quite a few nights of food poisoning going thru the LTC I worked at. (We wouldn't have time to have gloved up anyhow)Yuck!

    Worked home care peds, had mom's ask, "Did you wear gloves when you changed your children's diapers". Nope, but that was my kid.
    Have been peed on, pooped on, puked on, spit on, you name I have had it done. The kids don't let you know they are going to sneeze, and that they need a tissue while you are carrying them to the school bus. And the only time I did a finger stick with gloves was when I knew they had AIDS. Yes bad bad me! Smack my hands, and call me stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don't want to work Alzheimer's during full moon. Or 3-11 shift. Damn Sundowners. check out other people's veins, recapped needles, ratpacked carts, stuffed pockets with supplies, stuck stickers on my name badge instead of the charge card in the treatment room, and went home with them, oops! Read obits. etc, etc, etc
  7. by   shopgal
    This is gross and I get on my CNAs all the time, but they wear the same gloves for the roommate if they are doing cares for one and then they just turn around and start cares on the other pt. EW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To solve the problem, I've gone on rounds with them and "babysat" to make sure that they are changing gloves and washing their hands. I think that one of the best lessons was when one of the aides contracted C-Diff. The problem still goes on, but not as rampant.
  8. by   kadokin
    Quote from mjlrn97
    Complaining too much!!

    Hey, life could REALLY suck: we could be working at 7-11 for minimum wage.......... :uhoh21:
    Amen, Sista!
  9. by   kadokin
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    Look here, Toots. I don't call not gloving for a quick cleanup "bad medical care." Either you're not a nurse or you haven't been one for very long.

    If you were or had you read anything about the history of nursing and/or infection control in healthcare, you'd learn that it's only been since the "Age of Aids" that we were able to use gloves at all for anything but sterile procedures. We were formerly taught that gloves were too impersonal and their use would offend the patients.

    Quite a debate raged about how to use protection without offending the patient. We then went to Universal Precautions. Now it's "Standard" Precautions and offending the patient is not even factored in.

    Some people find that horrifying, considering the messes that we have to clean up. It's hard for me to imagine that back then I recall ASKING to use gloves--and being refused because except for sterile gloves, there were NONE in the building!

    PS The next thing we touched was the sink to wash our hands.
    My, how times have changed!
  10. by   kadokin
    Quote from KacyLynnLPN
    throwing dirty linen on the floor...a personal bad habit I've slipped into, and trying to decrease the incidence of...
    I have never understood the problem w/throwing DIRTY linen on the floor. What are we supposed to do? Carry it in our arms, against our clothes that will be bumping into the next pt? Put it on the bed/bedside table/chair where it can contaminate another surface? Hey, it's dirty, it is on its way to being sanitized. What is the big deal? IMHO, this particular bugaboo needs to be thoroughly researched and re-examined. Much like the "never leave a pt w/out both bed rails being up". This edict is hx now thanks to research that shows pts are more likely to injure themselves w/bedrails up, etc., than if they are able to safely exit the bed at will. I didn't understand the "never put dirty linen on the floor" thing even when I was an ingnorant student nurse. Where are you supposed to put it?

    My head is spinning.
  11. by   kadokin
    Quote from RN&MOM2Girls
    I put a lable on my pens, I come to work with a blue or black one and a red one, if I don't have my name on it, I make a lable with our lable maker for it. That way everyone knows who's pen it is. If it gets misplaced or lost, I just ask everyone to empty their pockets, usually someone has picked it up in passing or while charting and forgot to leave it. It saves me $$$ on pens, and I don't loose my favorite pen that way! Oh a little side note...some of the other nurses have started to put name lables on theirs too!!!
    Your unit has a label maker? Wow, you guys are totally high-tech!
  12. by   kadokin
    Quote from tracytoon
    I can remember when nurses still smoked at their station. (Bad habit)

    I recall a nursing instructor saying "As students, you haven't earned the right to cut corners. When you get into the real world and know what you're doing, then you may not be so quick to judge other nursing performances."

    I constantly remind myself that no one is perfect. The only time I really concern myself with the nursing habits of someone else is when they are actually creating a life threatening situation for a patient.

    Two bad habits I have noticed recently: eating nachos at the med cart and never ever stocking it for the next shift.
    Eating nachos @ the med cart!
  13. by   flasandy42
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    NOT WEARING GLOVES????? OMG that is truly disgusting. I would not want to get care there!
    Believe it or not, back in the early 60's when I started as an aide, we didn't wear gloves and they weren't available in the rooms. It was considered an insult to the pt to do colostomy care and use gloves. Hard to believe isn't it? I think some go overboard with gloves though. I don't use them just to pull a pt up for dinner unless they have something contagious or draining fluids, but a lot of the aides do.

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