Help me to forgive them - page 4

When I arrive in a PT's room, at the start of a new shift, it's very annoying for me to find debris in a PT's bed. And not just any PT's... it's usually the severely bed ridden ones that have all... Read More

  1. by   sbic56
    I try to do the best I can, but I am sure I leave litle tidbits behind now and then. Come on people, as busy as we are, how has this issue become such a big hairy deal?? Am I missing something or are some of us getting just a bit petty?
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am very simple-minded I guess. I have found similar things following other nurses; I bet they have w/me. (gasps, I am not perfect, either). I do not deliberately deliver sloppy or shoddy care; I sometimes get overwhelmed by too much going at once or handling crises and get a bit absent-minded, maybe.

    personally, I have no problem cleaning up the mess as soon as I see it. I am quick to apologize and reassure the patient that I will do my best to see it does not happen again. I then address it with the so-called "offending party".

    I have learned to be a bit more easy-going as time goes by; I live by the proverbial K*I*S*S* principle. You might try the same, Mario?

    Honey, you have a LOOOOOOOOONG nursing career ahead of you and if you blow your top and figure you have to worry how to "forgive" those that offend you with things like this, you will really go crazy. Just address this issue directly w/coworkers at staff meetings or report and if you know the "offender", why not pull him/her aside and kindly mention it and ask it not be done again? If the problem is a persistent one, engage your manager's help with this. Of course, if harm is done; that is another matter and you must do what you can to stop it from occuring again. Personally, I am grateful if someone calls to my attention an error I have made so I can correct it and MOVE ON!

    K*I*S*S* my friend! It will go easier for ya.:kiss
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Aug 13, '02
  3. by   mario_ragucci
    It doesn't matter whether you are in housekeeping, or transportantion, an aide, RN, therapist, Dr....there are things you can't do, one being to flip debris into the bed of a sleeping or demented PT. Some will chastize me as not being an RN yet, suggesting it is okay to exhibit this careless behavior once you are an RN. There is no way to justify your rightousness in tossing stuff in bed with a PT. What's the matter with you?

    Now I, in all honesty, don't see this happen very much. I have started this to get a feel of how some people might react when I catch someone for the first time in my work setting. I am forever in debt to all who responded for providing me a base.

    Addresing another healthcare proffessional about flipping debris into a PT's bed is taboo. When I do see it for the first time, I will pretent not to see it, so as to avoid any "battles" or skirmishes with opposing forces :-)

    For Cathy Wilson... "I have never sinned (flipped debris to a PT's bed), therefore, I have every right to cast as many stones as i want. :-) Avowed lover of life. Amen.
    If memory serves "heavens to Mergatroy" is something Mr. Magoo said when he was astonished by something. He also said, "I just don't know anymore."
    What makes America great is that we have workers who think it's okay to be slobs. America the beautiful, it makes me proud.
  4. by   Brownms46
    I don't think it's petty to ask someone to take just take the same time it took to lay that trash on the counter ...and place it in the trash...which is just as close! I strongly dislike trying to find things in all the mess I come across in med rooms, and before I can even think straight...I have to move it! I don't say anything to anyone..unless I'm standing right there when they do it! It does tick me off...and I think it has more to do with being careless ...than how busy you are! As I'm busy also..and I don't like walking into rooms...where I have to clean off a bedside table...when staff is sitting down babbling.

    I clean my rooms upon starting my shift, and before I leave! And I also empty trash bags in the rooms, the nurses station...and the med room if time allows!!! I have found if I throw the packages away as I used them...I have no less time to all the things I need to do! If this is being picky...so be it! I just prefer to be organized...and neat! My bad...I can't see the need to leave all the crap for someone else..
  5. by   pebbles
    Mario, I think you need to get a grip and get some perspective.

    YOu may be learning about the nursing role in your job as a CNA.... but you have NOT done the job of a nurse yet.

    I think it is not your subject so much as your preaching.
    Mr High-and-mighty know it all, eh?

    Yeah, leaving syringe caps and wrappers on a bed isn't excellent nursing practice, but it doesn't make someone a "bad nurse".

    And you seem to be taking this awfully personally.

    Maybe you need to get a new job if you feel so "disrespected" by a co-worker's busy forgetfullness.
  6. by   mario_ragucci
    Aww Peebles, I'm beating it to death on purpose. It's okay to beat to death a topic before it bugs you. i don't get physically perturbed if I come across trashed rooms. Really. I apologize for coming accross as "High Mucky Muck" or something like that. Im not. I just want to add some "shock value" to the topic with my word choice. You know, as well as I do, that it is dispickable (like Daffy Duck would say) to litter on a person, or in their space. I think i have beat this to death. And i really appreciate the comments, yours too.

    I forgive all staff who do this, and still welcome "trash flippers" into my heart.
  7. by   live4today
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    It doesn't matter whether you are in housekeeping, or transportantion, an aide, RN, therapist, Dr....there are things you can't do, one being to flip debris into the bed of a sleeping or demented PT. Some will chastize me as not being an RN yet, suggesting it is okay to exhibit this careless behavior once you are an RN. There is no way to justify your rightousness in tossing stuff in bed with a PT. What's the matter with you?

    If memory serves "heavens to Mergatroy" is something Mr. Magoo said when he was astonished by something. He also said, "I just don't know anymore."
    What makes America great is that we have workers who think it's okay to be slobs. America the beautiful, it makes me proud.
    I STILL SAY 'AMEN...AMEN...AMEN'...AND THAT'S THAT FROM ME ON THIS TOPIC!!! :chuckle :kiss
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Gee I do NOT recall ANYONE defending sloppy practice here? American the beautiful? How bout the America, the OVERWORKED???? WE *ALL* make mistakes, and Mario, friend you just might too! No one here is suggesting lowering the bar or excusing lousy or slipshod practices here! however....what I did notice.......is.....

    You were given solid advice how to handle it and to get on with it. How hard do you have to make it, friend? If it is such a HUGE problem where you are, then see what you can do about it, but don't get to taking it so personally! If you must "forgive" then hasten to do so and MOVE ON! whewwww!
  9. by   RN-PA
    Originally posted by Jay Levan
    I have seen as follows: beer cans, fast food wrappers, candy bar wrappers, food that for whatever reason has missed someones mouth, used condoms, and heavens to murgatroid, even drug paraphernalia, lying on the patients bed,
    Originally posted by ktwlpn
    (PS-Jay-what is a murgatroid?)
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    If memory serves "heavens to Mergatroy" is something Mr. Magoo said when he was astonished by something. He also said, "I just don't know anymore."
    The phrase is "Heavens to Murgatroid" and it was spoken by a cartoon character named Snagglepuss. From the Cartoon-O-Rama website:

    "The character of Snagglepuss originally appeared in 1959 as a minor character on episodes of Quick Draw McGraw, Augie Doggie, and Snooper & Blabber (this episode introduced Snagglepuss's nemesis the master hunter Major Minor). The character proved to have such appeal that he was given his own segment on The Yogi Bear Show when it premiered in 1961. Snagglepuss's favorite sayings were "Exit stage left" and "Heavens to Murgatroid." In the '70s and '80s Snagglepuss appeared with other Hanna-Barbera stars on shows like Yogi's Gang (1973), Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics (1977-1979), and Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985-1988). Snagglepuss's voice was also borrowed for the character of The Funky Phantom (1971). Snagglepuss's memorable voice was provided by supreme voice artist, Daws Butler (Butler was Hanna-Barbera's most prolific actor, providing the voices of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Dixie, Mr. Jinks, Quick Draw, Baba Looey, Snuffles the dog, Augie Doggie, Peter Potamus, Wally Gator, Hokey Wolf, Snooper, and Blabber, as well as providing the voice of Cap'N Crunch for Jay Ward." (See photos, etc at: http://members.aol.com/PaulEC2/Snagglepuss.html

    Now won't we all sleep better after knowing all of this? I know *I* will. We now return you to our regularly scheduled thread. Back to you, Mario...
  10. by   micro
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    Aww Peebles, I'm beating it to death on purpose. It's okay to beat to death a topic before it bugs you. i don't get physically perturbed if I come across trashed rooms. Really. I apologize for coming accross as "High Mucky Muck" or something like that. Im not. I just want to add some "shock value" to the topic with my word choice. You know, as well as I do, that it is dispickable (like Daffy Duck would say) to litter on a person, or in their space. I think i have beat this to death. And i really appreciate the comments, yours too.
    I forgive all staff who do this, and still welcome "trash flippers" into my heart.

    Keep on postin' Mario.....

    keep us smilin' and ..........................

    didn't know you talked daffy duck..............
  11. by   mark_LD_RN
    well mario i feel your pain. i always try to make sure my patients are clean. but inevitably an occassional accident happens or something gets over looked. I personally have cleaned up after others many times. where i work it has not been a real problem, so it has not been as issue i felt was worth the trouble. when you become a nurse you need to choose your battles wisely. as there will be to many for you to deal with all alone.
  12. by   maizey
    "flipping debris in the patient's beds" Do you really thing nurses are doing this. I, too, like a clean and tidy work space and hate to walk into a patient's room that has temp probe covers in the floor next to the waste basket, bedside table with 5 glasses on it, the floor so sticky that my shoes almost come off. These are real issues. The occaisional alcohol wipe wrapper or plastic cover in the patients bed are oversites for the most part of nurses that probably got called away just as they were finishing up with this patient. Clean it up and go on. If it is a daily problem find a way to get it fixed.
  13. by   mark_LD_RN
    maizey i agree with you i hardly believe nurses are doing this on purpose

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