I must make a confession - page 3

by abbaking

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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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    Do you feel better now? I have been a nurse for a long long time and you would not believe all the stuff we used to do that would be frowned upon on nowadays. As far as food goes we always got extra trays and we ate them for dinner all the time. I tried to stay away from the patient's drinks and snacks but my rule was all bets are off if I do not get a break and it is the hospital's fault. Just do not make a habit of it and be discreet.

    Please stash some protein shakes,protein bars,and some emergency meals in your locker. That is what I do now in case I am too lazy to get something from the machines after the cafe closes.
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    hahaha..at least you've been honest!to us here in AN!I'm sure you will be forgiven for that, we're not perfect, everyone of us commits mistakes every now and then
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    Gotta wonder what was so wrong with staffing that you couldn't get away. Yes what you did was dishonest, but is it justified because the facility overloaded your assignment?
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    Quote from AnonRNC
    Gotta wonder what was so wrong with staffing that you couldn't get away. Yes what you did was dishonest, but is it justified because the facility overloaded your assignment?
    If you work in a non-union hospital, this is a way of life.
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    LOL. I'm sure there's plenty of times I would've loved to do that!!. Pack some power bars that you can just chow down for a half minute in the break room and finish the other half before you see the next patient. Or you can get that guu stuff that runners eat on the run! LOL!
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    I was really surprised with the responses to this post. My first thought, was it's theft. That's still my opinion. I wouldn't have done it in a million years. I'll own up to eating grahams and drinking milk out of the floor supply, but to me there is a difference. All staff snacks on those things, and they're not designated patients only. I wouldn't make an issue out of it. Wouldn't report it, and wouldn't spend more that a minute or two considering it if I witnessed it. However, I was taught taking something that is not yours is theft.
    As I'm in the minority here, please be nice.
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    No one is really condoning the OPs behavior. However, we certainly understand and some of us sympathize. I don't see how you are any different. You are drinking milk and eating crackers that you did not pay for it that is meant for the patient. A particular patient may not be charged but the facility is. So you are taking something that isn't yours. Don't you think you are the kettle calling the pot black?
    Quote from imintrouble
    I was really surprised with the responses to this post. My first thought, was it's theft. That's still my opinion. I wouldn't have done it in a million years. I'll own up to eating grahams and drinking milk out of the floor supply, but to me there is a difference. All staff snacks on those things, and they're not designated patients only. I wouldn't make an issue out of it. Wouldn't report it, and wouldn't spend more that a minute or two considering it if I witnessed it. However, I was taught taking something that is not yours is theft.
    As I'm in the minority here, please be nice.
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    Quote from imintrouble
    I was really surprised with the responses to this post. My first thought, was it's theft. That's still my opinion. I wouldn't have done it in a million years. I'll own up to eating grahams and drinking milk out of the floor supply, but to me there is a difference. All staff snacks on those things, and they're not designated patients only. I wouldn't make an issue out of it. Wouldn't report it, and wouldn't spend more that a minute or two considering it if I witnessed it. However, I was taught taking something that is not yours is theft.
    As I'm in the minority here, please be nice.
    You are right. He's like Jean Valjean in Les Miserable. He should go to prison for 19 years!!!
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    Quote from imintrouble
    I was really surprised with the responses to this post. My first thought, was it's theft. That's still my opinion. I wouldn't have done it in a million years. I'll own up to eating grahams and drinking milk out of the floor supply, but to me there is a difference. All staff snacks on those things, and they're not designated patients only. I wouldn't make an issue out of it. Wouldn't report it, and wouldn't spend more that a minute or two considering it if I witnessed it. However, I was taught taking something that is not yours is theft.
    As I'm in the minority here, please be nice.
    Eating stuff from the nourishment room is also theft, technically. Do you take pens from "floor supply"? What about bandaids? Wound gel (i.e. vigilon) in case you get a nasty burn while baking? IV catheters, tubing and bag of LR in case you get real dehydrated from gastroenteritis? All of those - including the tray the OP ate - are theft.

    HOWEVER I think eating a tray or filching saltines, covered with PNB & jelly, is justified when you're running your ass off taking care of patients because you're working with crappy staffing and no support.
    Last edit by AnonRNC on Feb 1, '13 : Reason: typo
    CABG patch kid, abbaking, and prnqday like this.
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    Quote from iluvivt
    ...all bets are off if I do not get a break and it is the hospital's fault.
    NO one in management will ever personally lose a wink of sleep if you pass out on the floor because you had no chance to eat because you just didn't have the time because you were too busy working your butt off for them. That which is legally wrong is often morally right.
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