Quote from LovingLife123
So, that whole OSHA thing makes no sense. Droplets from meds or a blood draw could occur while a patient has a drink or food in their room.
To me, your admin is making an issue out if nothing.
I feel a rant coming on, lol.
Here's the deal. Nurses eating or drinking isn't the "customer service" appearance admin wants to portray. Therefore they cobble together various reasons to try to say we can't have anything, even water/drinks.
They love the OSHA thing with gusto because OSHA applies to employees, and specifically doesn't apply to patients (who are clearly not employees). Who cares if it makes no sense when employers say that the nurse's station is a risk for exposure, totally ignoring patient food in rooms where care is actively taking place.
Right off the top of my head (from experience):
- Seek a place where lab tubes/urine samples/etc. can be deposited specifically. This is a "dirty" area
- Find another area far away from that, which can be labeled/marked off for the "hydration station".
- This **WILL** pass a survey.
Tell us more about the specifics of the excuses you are being given, and what you have heard from admin so far. I am willing to spend some time searching and helping put together something. This issue is absolutely ridiculous and the worst part about it is the unabashed, bald-faced lying about it.