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Hey all, Are you allowed to keep drinkin your nurses station at work? If so, any mandates around it? I am pushing to be allowed to have drinks in the station and need some info on how to do so. ... Read More

  1. Visit  janetjanetbobanet profile page
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    [quote=sailornurse;2591773][quote=osha has a problem with beverages in patient care areas. we however are not allowed drinks because if osha would come through for an inspection and find any beverage present covered or not, shut the entire medical facility down for this type of infraction.
    the other point has been made that at night, many of us eat at the nurses station as it would be unsafe staffing if people left to eat in the break room, so then that's ok with administration? it's what ever is convenient for the "suits"[/quote]

    as a night shifter, i have worked where you could eat at the nurses station for the sake of safe staffing, and have never gotten sick because i washed my hands before i ate anything and i didn't put food in places that seemed risky for contamination. it's a matter of simple common sense. now where i work i can only have a drink in a covered bottle and i suffer lots of nights from shakiness because i can't get down to the lounge to eat anything in a 12 1/2 hour shift. i think it's a little on the inhumane side to not allow a nurse to eat anything night after night, myself. how do we get osha to care about that?
    showbizrn, surferbettycrocker, wooh, and 1 other like this.
  2. Visit  30something profile page
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    You must be in management where you sit in your nice little office with your "allowed" drinks and also able to leave and get breakfast/lunch/dinner anytime you want. I have worked a whole 12 hour shift and not had a drop to eat or drink let alone PEED. I have worked on a floor where the manager wouldn't allow it Give me a break! A bottle of water at the desk isn't going hurt anyone. Stop being so worried about the image of the nursing station.
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  3. Visit  buggal1989 profile page
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    Quote from 30something
    You must be in management where you sit in your nice little office with your "allowed" drinks and also able to leave and get breakfast/lunch/dinner anytime you want. I have worked a whole 12 hour shift and not had a drop to eat or drink let alone PEED. I have worked on a floor where the manager wouldn't allow it Give me a break! A bottle of water at the desk isn't going hurt anyone. Stop being so worried about the image of the nursing station.
    I had one of these "easy" management jobs until I had to take a medical retirement partially due to the high stress of that job and believe me I worked MANY 10 to 12 or more hr days and unlike you I WAS NOT paid for this additional time. I frequently had to skip lunch to handle a problem or meet an employee's need (despite scheduled hours for Employee Health) who wandered in at any time they felt like, even as you had your coat on and were leaving - now I did not mind accommodating legit reasons (I've been there) - but when you had been up to that floor 2 or more times that day and have seen that employee taking a break - I am talking feet put up and drinking a coke and gossiping about the patients (did I mention call lights were going off and phones ringing? I'm all for your 2 15minute breaks, but not when there is work to be done) and you have also passed that same employee at least 3 times outside smoking a cigarette and when you come back through 15 minutes later that same employee is still there and they say "I just didn't have time." it becomes a little irritating. And how hard was it to walk another 100 (wild guess) to get to the EH office or take a short trip down to my office? These were frequent fliers as we use to call them in the ER. Now I have worked 12 hour shifts where your partner takes off for a break and comes back 2 hours later when you push the code button because their patient (which fortunately you were keeping a very close eye on) is crashing and this is a routine practice and "telling" means you are blackballed and try to work at a small hospital then and because of this employee you begged any wanderer who slipped in to see something exciting going on (like get real!) to keep an eye out while you race to the bathroom and tinkle as fast as you can. My hubbie is still impressed at how fast I can tinkle, wash my hands (OF COURSE) and be out of the bathroom. Old habits die hard. It has taken me 5 years to actually not gulp my food down like a starving rhino! So just remember those "easy desk jobs" are not as easy as they seem (did I mention the mountain of paperwork????)! :redpinkhe
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  4. Visit  jojotoo profile page
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    Quote from teeituptom
    there should be no drinks at the nurses station
    where everyone can be seen drinking
    like seeing a cop at Krispy Kreme donuts
    very unprofessional
    doesnt look good at all
    Why would the public think that it was unprofessional to see me drink a cup of coffee or a bottle of water?
  5. Visit  Angie O'Plasty, RN profile page
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    I always thought it a tad ironic that we weren't allowed a closed drink at the nurse's desk, then we go put food trays on patients' bedside tables, where the urinals are often found right next to their water glass.
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  6. Visit  Patti 2nd gen RN profile page
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    Quote from buggal1989
    I had one of these "easy" management jobs until I had to take a medical retirement partially due to the high stress of that job and believe me I worked MANY 10 to 12 or more hr days and unlike you I WAS NOT paid for this additional time. I frequently had to skip lunch to handle a problem or meet an employee's need (despite scheduled hours for Employee Health) who wandered in at any time they felt like, even as you had your coat on and were leaving - now I did not mind accommodating legit reasons (I've been there) - but when you had been up to that floor 2 or more times that day and have seen that employee taking a break - I am talking feet put up and drinking a coke and gossiping about the patients (did I mention call lights were going off and phones ringing? I'm all for your 2 15minute breaks, but not when there is work to be done) and you have also passed that same employee at least 3 times outside smoking a cigarette and when you come back through 15 minutes later that same employee is still there and they say "I just didn't have time." it becomes a little irritating. And how hard was it to walk another 100 (wild guess) to get to the EH office or take a short trip down to my office? These were frequent fliers as we use to call them in the ER. Now I have worked 12 hour shifts where your partner takes off for a break and comes back 2 hours later when you push the code button because their patient (which fortunately you were keeping a very close eye on) is crashing and this is a routine practice and "telling" means you are blackballed and try to work at a small hospital then and because of this employee you begged any wanderer who slipped in to see something exciting going on (like get real!) to keep an eye out while you race to the bathroom and tinkle as fast as you can. My hubbie is still impressed at how fast I can tinkle, wash my hands (OF COURSE) and be out of the bathroom. Old habits die hard. It has taken me 5 years to actually not gulp my food down like a starving rhino! So just remember those "easy desk jobs" are not as easy as they seem (did I mention the mountain of paperwork????)! :redpinkhe
    You are the kind of management person we used to have--someone who cares and works hard--but--BUT---your breed is few and far between--lately all we have is paper-pushers who misrepresent reality, manipulate folks so they look good themselves to the corporate office, and generally show they don't give a damn about individuals..I have to agree--you are the exception--the generalization above is my experince of the current average/norm
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  7. Visit  showbizrn profile page
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    Quote from mcknis
    hey all,

    are you allowed to keep drinkin your nurses station at work? if so, any mandates around it? i am pushing to be allowed to have drinks in the station and need some info on how to do so.

    we have been told continuously by our nms that jcaho says no-no to this practice,

    little background on why i am pushing for this...

    the other day i assisted the security staff in restraining a combative pt. i felt fine running down to help and even during the whole situation, but i vagaled down after the incident was over. i went to the er and to our occ health specialist, but of whom confirmed the i just vagaled down and had a near-syncopal episode. they mentioned the reason why i probably went down was because i needed to push more fluids and just did not have enough on board.

    i hear you!

    nurses will have to have that no fluids in the nursing station banned---through some type of legal proceedings.

    but remember---jcahco accreditation is voluntary.

    anyway, our health is dependent upon removing this restriction. nurses work long hours and our bodies need the fluid replenishment, too.

    best of luck to you---and all of us!
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  8. Visit  buggal1989 profile page
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    Quote from showbizrn
    I HEAR YOU!

    But remember---JCAHCO accreditation is voluntary.

    Anyway, our health is dependent upon removing this restriction. Nurses work long hours and our bodies need the fluid replenishment, too.

    BEST OF LUCK TO YOU---and ALL of us!
    JCAHO is necessary if you want federal funds - like Medicare and Medicaid. BUT I agree that the no drink rule is stupid but as a ICP I had to enforce the rule and some people abuse if you look the other way till Joint - I found someone drinking a coke at a LAB STATION where he was doing CBCs - let's talk about drinks in a place where B/BFs are!!!!
  9. Visit  deeDawntee profile page
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    If anyone at my job EVER tells me that I cannot have a closed drink beside my computer station at work, they will have to hire some other poor slob to work in such inhumane conditions. Give me a break.
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