do nurses have to ride in elevators often?

  1. As a result of being stuck in two elevators, being in an elevator makes me very uncomfortable. I do take them when I have to, but I tend to avoid them when I can.
    Is it part of a nurse's job to bring patients up and down in the elevators?
    Thanks for answering,
    Alex
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   NurseCard
    More than likely, yes, you'll have to ride in an elevator, perhaps very often. In my hospital for example, ICU nurses are required to travel to fourth floor with a patient that they are transferring; and vice versa.

    If it's a BAD phobia for you, my advice would be to either a) get an ER postion, because most of the time, in my experience anyway, ER Techs transport patients to the floor. Or b) get a job in a small rural hospital that only has one floor!
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Sometimes it is. There will be a few people that will tell you that's what aides and orderlies are for, but the truth is, the nurse sometimes has to go with the pt. because of the pt.'s condition.

    In other words, you may not have to do it all the time, but you won't be able to avoild it all the time.
  5. by   NurseCard
    "Klinger's on a break."

    So you are planning on bringing Klinger back then, Marie? I miss Klinger.
  6. by   DutchgirlRN
    I work in a three story hospital and I use the elevator often. Taking specimens to the lab, going to the cafeteria, getting things from other depts, etc......Your option is the stairs. That's not a problem where I work but in a big hospital it would be. Good Luck
  7. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from RealNurseWitch
    "Klinger's on a break."

    So you are planning on bringing Klinger back then, Marie? I miss Klinger.
    I don't. I kept trying to figure out who that ugly woman was! I have NEVER watched MASH before.

    I was just hoping and praying that was not Marie's real picture LOL. Sorry Marie.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Where I work there is really no choice. Our unit is locked down and we have to swipe in and out at the staff elevator.
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from allexx
    As a result of being stuck in two elevators, being in an elevator makes me very uncomfortable. I do take them when I have to, but I tend to avoid them when I can.
    Is it part of a nurse's job to bring patients up and down in the elevators?
    Thanks for answering,
    Alex
    I'm glad you asked this. I have an elevator phobia that I need to overcome pronto!

    I got stuck in one during a storm in Puerto Rico, it was such a rotten experience it makes my eyes water

    Best wishes to you!
  10. by   ItsyBitsySpider
    I have elevator phobia too and I got stuck in the elevator at the hospital for 20 minutes last week. Operator said they were having trouble locating maintenance. :uhoh21: It sucked but I was glad it was me and not one of the patients. Back to the stairs now...
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I wish I could use the stairs. The exercise would do me good. But being locked down, the only time we can use the stairs is in an emergency.
  12. by   allexx
    why is the floor locked down? Is it for criminals?
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    No it's a labor and delivery unit and these days, most are locked for security.
  14. by   Katnip
    I worked in ER and we did a lot of transporting patients via elevators-daily. Nurses had to take their patients to tests or any unit that required the pt to be on a monitor.

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