Is it ethical for hospitals to have Mickey D's on premises? - page 5

At the hospital where I am currently doing my clinicals, they have this luscious bakery. Doughnuts, cupcakes, regular 2-layer cakes, cookies, and on and on. Every time I pass it, my mouth waters. But... Read More

  1. by   jahra
    Quote from HARRN2b
    In America, it is about the almighty dollar. The dollar, and only the dollar, is the basis for most decisions in this country.
    Well said. When we had a family member at Tufts NE Medical-
    all they had were fast food type chains (not Mickey D's-it was conveniently
    across the street).

    The interesting part is they are a major education/research center
    for nutrition.

    Go figure!
  2. by   RunnerRN
    I don't know if it is so much an ethical issue, but I don't think it is necessarily the "right thing" to do. I think it goes back to the idea of actions speak louder than words. Many hospitals do things (or attempt to do things) for the greater good of the community. My hospital does helmet checks, child seat checks, food drives, etc etc etc.....we are also non-profit and generally a good place to work. We do not have a fast food chain on the campus, but our cafeteria doesn't always serve the healthiest fare. They have (in the last year) added the "lean choice" to the hot line; a lighter meal that usually tastes pretty good. Also, all hospitals in my state (MO) have to be smoke free by Sept. (So excited that smoking won't even be an option for the psych patients....no more fights over that).
    Personally, I haven't really eaten at fast food restaurants in about 10 years. Went on a charity spring break road trip in college and had to eat at McDs, and I occasionally eat a Taco Bell (about once every 6 months) as a treat. Subway is my "fast food" mainstay. It is more a health choice as opposed to a social statement, but I can't say my distate for the way most fast food companies conduct themselves doesn't figure in. (As an aside, my husband and I generally try to eat at non-chain restaurants overall)
    Either way, I'm getting off point. Of course everyone has to make their own decisions, but I do feel that hospitals should strive to make it pretty easy to make those decisions in a healthful way.

    (stepping down from soapbox).....
  3. by   Retired R.N.
    Ethics and food? What about the ethics of staffing so short handedly that nurses and aides sometimes don't get a chance to sit down and eat a meal of any kind? What about a paycheck so small that the "healthy" cafeteria meals are out of the question? Should a cold lunch brought from home be that person's only choice? Friends and relatives of accident victims may have been without a meal for a long time before they brought the patient to the hospital.

    To me, at least, it seems that a little "comfort food" (even if it's a Big Mac and french fries) can be a good idea now and then. We all know that there are foods that are better for our physical health, but if I am having leg cramps due to low potassium levels, I'll eat those french fries without the least bit of guilt, and be thankful they were available, especially if I need them when the cafeteria isn't open.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I honestly think fast food joints have no place on hospital campuses. And if money is a concern, these are no economical alternative to the dining room fare....it's all expensive junk from my point of view. So YES I do pack my own, healthy and cheap lunch/dinner. It's not that hard to do and it's definately better for my pocketbook and my health.

    Having these places on hospital campuses definately sends the wrong message, IMO.

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