Emptying linen and garbage bags. ..part of a Nurses jobs description? - page 8

So I think most nurses do help cleaning staff by emptying linen and garbage bags if they are full. Especially on the night shift where there is less cleaning staff. Some even dispose of them down a... Read More

  1. Visit  chevyv profile page
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    If it's full, I empty it. I have no idea if it's in my job description, just common sense.
    nursbrooklyn, sharpeimom, gobux90, and 2 others like this.
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  3. Visit  RNAM1965 profile page
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    Common Sense! Love it!!! Common Sense is not so common, you know!
    chevyv likes this.
  4. Visit  SBJR219 profile page
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    Quote from Giveheart
    So I think most nurses do help cleaning staff by emptying linen and garbage bags if they are full. Especially on the night shift where there is less cleaning staff. Some even dispose of them down a chute. But what if you injure yourself while lifting these?...are you covered? Are you concerned about your own safety and refuse to do it?
    Everyone chips in when needed. But you have to draw the line when it becomes a daily routine. If it's not in your job description, then it's not your job. Once you start doing it on a regular basis, it then becomes your job. Will housekeeping be asked to do a dressing change on your patient? If I am in my patient's room and there is some garbage on the floor I will pick it up. If there is a large spill that requires mopping etc., I will page housekeeping. Common sense comes into play. I will not step over garbage on the floor. And linen bags get very HEAVY! Despite what others have commented, you should watch your back.
  5. Visit  sunluver profile page
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    Okay so the question is what or how do you lift patients if you cannot lift a laundry/trash bag? Well the answer is easy! You can drag a bag, but you cannot drag a patient. You ask for help ANY TIME you are pulling a patient up in bed or trying to turn them unless they can help you a little bit. My advice is NEVER EVER attempt to do it alone because you can ?VERY easily hurt yourself and the patient !!! You cannot injure the laundry/trash bag !! One little injury to you or a patient can be career ending !!! Get in the habit of asking for help and notify a supervisor if you are unable to get that help !!! I have no doubt that you will get assistance because noone wants a pressure ulcer I mean NOONE !!!!! I have been a nurse for 24 years and in my younger days I was strong and stupid !!! I thought I could do anything !!!! Guess what ??? I was wrong !!!! One little lift and pull will put you out and it changes things forever !!!! Do not put yourself at risk because there is NO going back !!!! Also do not allow family members to help you lift or pull a patient because they may not use the right muscles and then they may get injured !!! You got to BE SAFE AT ALL times !!!!
  6. Visit  DF-LPN profile page
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    1st: I was taught in both NA class (hmmm dating myself here LOL!!) and Nursing school that you always leave your work station, unit, floor (or whatever) clean and orginized for the oncoming shift. It really irks me when I come on shift and walk into a rm, any rm, and it looks like the trash can just vomited trash all over! 2nd: As long as you use proper body mechanics you won't get hurt! Tell me something, if you dropped a papertowel, a plastic cup, or anything else, do you just leave it there for housekeeping to pick it up? Because you could hurt your back that way also!!
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  7. Visit  texashyles profile page
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    Wow. I guess you've never worked on a cardiac unit or any other unit where you must assist obese patients with mobility. Nursing can be a very physical job, but if you are concerned, you can get a job behind a desk. You must know your limits to be sure, to allow for safety of yourself and the pt, obviously.

    Umm, don't mean to be rude, but this kind of thinking is what gives new nurses a bad name. I was talking with a seasoned nurse the other night and she expressed it this way. She informed me that new nurses limit this and limit that and whine about the facility putting wrongful demands on them and that a new nurse might refuse to replace a pt's colostomy bag because the facility did not have any in stock. A seasoned nurse would take the bag off, rinse it out, and reuse that if that were all she could do. She would take care of her pt first, and then report the issue to the facility. Pt's come first.

    If taking out the trash bothers you, you're in for a lot more unpleasant surprises.
  8. Visit  steelydanfan profile page
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    Quote from MedSurgeMe
    At our facility, housekeeping won't clean up bodily floods. I find it really annoying. At burger king, if there is vomit on the table or poo in the toilet or pee on the floor, housekeepers clean it up. So I think it's silly that housekeeping won't go near bodily fluids. If they worked ANYWHERE else, they'd have to have contact with bodily fluids.

    For the rate that I make, verse what a housekeeper makes, it doesn't make any financial sense to have nurses do this.
    Besides the fact that when a person takes a housekeeping job in a hospital, they are certain to come into contact with bodily fluids, and thier training needs to reflect that fact. No difference in cleaning a toilet, sink or a blood spill, the same precautions are in effect.
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  9. Visit  Who?Me? profile page
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    "Scope of practice" refers to your job duties. "Standards of practice" refers to giving the highest level evidence-based care possible.
  10. Visit  Who?Me? profile page
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    Quote from SBJR219
    Have you ever lifted a full linen bag?

    Every day! In the OR it is all hands on deck for cleaning after every case-management on down.
  11. Visit  pgray1229 profile page
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    You don't pay thousands of dollars, to go to school, just to empty linen bags when you're an LPN or RN, do you??

    ETA - Ya know many times I've pinched my sciatica just by turning wrong. You can def. hurt yourself by lifting up anything.
  12. Visit  Fuzzy profile page
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    Quote from pgray1229
    You don't pay thousands of dollars, to go to school, just to empty linen bags when you're an LPN or RN, do you??

    ETA - Ya know many times I've pinched my sciatica just by turning wrong. You can def. hurt yourself by lifting up anything.
    The key word here is "just". You don't "just" want to be the janitor however I don't believe that frees anyone from keeping their working environment clean and healthy. I've seen the doctors in the vet practice clean cages and animals because it needed to be done at the time. I've also seen them run a mop and a washing machine. In vet practices, the letters behind your name doesn't get you out of the scut work.

    Oh yes, I've tweaked my back a time or two. Mostly caused from picking up an animal that didn't think is was a good idea and there was a struggle. One of these was from a 5# cat. It doesn't sound like much however when a cat is upset and fully armed it can really kick your rear end.

    Fuzzy
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  13. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Quote from mjmoon
    I can't imagine people are taught to take out the garbage in ANY school. Here is a lesson:

    close or tie off garbage bag
    lift carefully from receptacle
    carry to chute, curb, dumpster or wherever you put full garbage bags
    place a fresh bag in the receptacle
    wash your hands

    There will be an exam next week, be sure you know this stuff!
    You forgot to introduce yourself to the bag and explain what you are going to do ! (sorry I get like this once every 24 hrs it seems)

    I do not owe an obese patient their turn right on the dot when no help is around - if it might mean my being tethered to a quad cane when my future grandchildren want to play in the park -- nope. Call me selfish like that.


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