I must make a confession - page 2

by abbaking 8,467 Views | 45 Comments

This is something that is so dumb and so stupid, but I must confess this because it is eating me up inside. The other night at work (1800-0700), I was so massively busy I didnt have time to get my dinner from the cafeteria. I am... Read More


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    Wow, you can get patient trays on night shift? When I worked with adults all we could get was a generic sandwich box. I'm impressed.

    Sorry you had a rough night. I remember many nights when all I had was a 4oz grape juice and 2-3 packs of saltines.
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    Usually trays from patients who are NPO, changed diets, or transferred are up for grabs. As long as they didn't go in the patient's room, it's clean and will just go to waste otherwise.
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    I worked in ALF and we often took grabs at some of the untouched left overs that never left the kitchen. I just hope that patient wasn't charged.

    I have a confession too: I have a vaccine and threw away the vial before getting the lot # and exp. date to document. I had to charge the patient another vaccine just to document. I feel terrible about this.
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    Graham crackers are my Achilles' heel. They do a wonderful job making the tummy grumbles go away until I can carve 30 minutes out of my day to eat a proper meal.
    I have a confession too: I have a vaccine and threw away the vial before getting the lot # and exp. date to document. I had to charge the patient another vaccine just to document. I feel terrible about this.
    Those unit dose packages with foil on the back? I've felt bad to have to charge a patient for another pill when the first pill went flying across the room. Sometimes, it will roll across the bedside table, and I will chase after it before it falls on the floor. Makes for quite the spectacle and patients have laughed at my antics.
    CABG patch kid, prnqday, and nrsang97 like this.
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    I am Hypoglycemic so I've been known to toss back an Ensure or eat an unopened sandwich when I was too busy to eat a "normal" meal lol! Glad I'm not alone
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    Quote from crazy&cuteRN
    I worked in ALF and we often took grabs at some of the untouched left overs that never left the kitchen. I just hope that patient wasn't charged.

    I have a confession too: I have a vaccine and threw away the vial before getting the lot # and exp. date to document. I had to charge the patient another vaccine just to document. I feel terrible about this.
    I've done that before but I just called the pharmacy to get that info. Most of the time, these vials come from a big batch of vaccines that all have the same lot number and expiration date.
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    View it this way: If you didn't eat, your ability to competently care for your patients would decrease. So basically, you were being a more effective nurse. And doing the hospital a favour. Low blood sugar = muddy minds = mistakes!
    Tina, RN, RNperdiem, CP2013, and 1 other like this.
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    Look at it this way: at least you weren't helping yourself to the patient's medications.

    It happens: I'm sure more of us have done that (the scavenging of food, not the meds) than will care to admit. I try not to, but I've been known to go after Saltine packets that are left unguarded. Though I hunt from the pantry area, not from patient trays.

    No lecture here other than plan for the next case of the munchies a bit better...because writing or tampering with orders--even for food--is likely out of the scope of nursing practice.
    soulshine101, itsmejuli, and nursel56 like this.
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    You are so funny. I can't stop laughing...
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    cutest confession ever...a nurse gotta eat!
    Tina, RN likes this.


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