Did anyone have a CI who stole from the clinical site?

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    I was reading a post by a NS about her instructor making stuff up while teaching and it reminded me of my first CI. She used to just take things from the site and do it right in front of me. We would be in the storage room and pick up everything from personal care items to sets of hemostats, bandage scissors etc etc. She simply said "Oh, I need a new set of these" And no she was NOT using it for patient care at that facility.

    I never reported her because...doh...I couldn't do so anonymously.

    Cast your minds back...did anyone else have an experience like this?
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    i used to work in central supply and trust me when I say that there were plenty of people that would help themselves to the darndest things. I don't think there is one person on here that can say that they've never walked out with a roll of tape or a few alcohol preps, but i had one person come down to my department and demand that i give them an entire case of chux because they were crate training their dog. It's not right and i cartainly wouldn't follow in their example.
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    Yes, I had one CI who did this.
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    What kind of example is she trying to portray?!

    I am also a clinical instructor and I always remind my students to make sure to empty their pockets before leaving the units. I do not want the students or me to be in trouble. You just don't know when bad things can happen and prevention is always best.
    sonja77, FireStarterRN, hikernurse, and 5 others like this.
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    I was about to say the same thing...what sort of example could she possibly think she is portraying to students? And it seems that she doesn't care that she may be putting you all on the spot, either. She wasn't even discrete!
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    Quote from pagandeva2000
    I was about to say the same thing...what sort of example could she possibly think she is portraying to students? And it seems that she doesn't care that she may be putting you all on the spot, either. She wasn't even discrete!
    Funny, in my opinion, she encouraged my fellow students to do this too. A couple of fellow students once asked me if it was OK to take and use a chap-stick for personal use. I said I no. Then one of them said our CI said it was OK. My response was, "if you need to ask then you probably know the answer -- do what you think is right." I know this example is only about chap-stick but it rather goes to a tendency as far as I am concerned.
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    No my CI's never did this but I did my mistake ! My first day after clinicals I came home with alcohol prep pads, condom caths, clean gloves, and the flow sheet. I was just so nervous about not having supplies when I needed them so I stuffed my pockets. I hope no one steals on purpose though. This is wrong.
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    :imbar
    no, i never seen or heard of this.
    as we used to say
    back in-the-day

    embarrassing!!!!:imbar:imbar:imbar

    chiiiillld, don't do it!
    don't even think about it!

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    i've come home with a pair of gloves, a couple of alcohol pads, a 2x2, a saline flush, and an empty 10 ml, and on occasion using a bandaid while at the hospital, though i've asked permission the first time i do so at whatever place i'm at. 99% of the time i take them back with me the next day if it's in a sterile wrapper.
    pagandeva2000 likes this.
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    No, but as an instructor I can say I've had several things stolen from me and from my students. There isn't any place to put our bags, so anything not nailed down may take a "walk"- including money, your littmann stethoscope, and some of my students' reference books. I do tell them not to bring valuables to clinicals, but sometimes it does happen. It's pretty ridiculous that people steal deliberately in a hospital.

    I do know what you mean though, I tend to have to return alcohol swabs to the hospital I also work at on a semi-regular basis.

    I have, however, solved the problem of my pens "walking off"- I bought some of these funny pens from spoonsisters.com that are called something like "borrow your pen" or "borrow my pen?" and have phony advertisements for nudist colonies, taxidermy, etc on them. Pretty funny, and they do get returned to me. I also had pens at one point that said "Stolen from LivetoLearn" printed on them, but they actually all disappeared, lol.


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