MCdonalds in Hospital - page 3

What would you think if your local hospital had a Mcdonalds on the hospital grounds. Wouldnt it be even funnier if your hospital was one of the top 100 cardiovascular facilities in the country. ... Read More

  1. by   PennyLane
    I have a real problem with fast-food places in hospitals. Come on, we should be trying to send a message here! I think a person's all-around health should be promoted when in the hospital. Too often the food is abysmal. A lot of health problems start with what we eat.

    I'm not knocking people who eat McDonald's or beef every day (well, not here anyway), but I think hospitals should set a good example. You go to the hospital to get well.

    I know, reality check in need here...I live in la-la land.
  2. by   RNforLongTime
    I know that at the Cleveland Clinic there's a Subway in the lobby. Least it's better than McDonalds. I love Subway!

    No fast food chain in my hospital. We're only 367 beds so I doubt that we'll ever get one. But we are building a Womens and Childrens hospital which is scheduled to open in 2005, so who knows. I vote for Wendy's!
  3. by   emmybsu
    We have a McDonald's in our hospital. It's also the number one children's hospital in the state. Go figure!

    But the hospital is also right across the street from a taco bell, pizza hut, donatos, chinese place, etc etc etc
    so...go figure

    and a few years ago, they were selling cigarettes in the book stores..

  4. by   NurseShell
    Well...our Children's Hospital has a McDonald's in the lobby!!! It's on the same piece of land as another hospital that has a cardiac program, etc...whatever.
  5. by   New CCU RN
    we have a mcdonalds and a chick filee right in the hosp
  6. by   obeyacts2
    I can't believe this! No wonder pts are non compliant and dont take health professionals seriously. The health industry is hypocritical! They will put McDs and crap in the hospitals but yet hardly teach nursing at all in nursing school. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE!!!!!!!!!

    Laura
  7. by   mario_ragucci
    Understand what people eat is so confusing, as is understanding our each, individual metabolism. I used to think eating unhealthy food was unavoidable, or weak, but it's something we can't under normal circumstances avoid. I heard only 15% of Americans eat a "good" diet of fruits and veggies and grains. Who cares: Eat! Or Mangia!!! like they say in Italian. I'm eating a pizza made with gorganzolla nad peperoni. I love the regular McDonals hambergers, just to buy like 3-4 and eat them one after another when your hungry. Like whimpy in Popeye.
  8. by   -jt
    <What would you think if your local hospital had a Mcdonalds on the hospital grounds.>

    A couple of years ago, my hospital eliminated its cafeteria, allowed Taco Bell to open shop in the lobby, and agreed that it would allow no competition on the premises. So if you want to eat while visiting my hospital, Taco Bell has you hostage.
  9. by   probable cause
    Originally posted by cindyln
    I would love to have a Burger king or even subway in my hospital. Some days our cafeteria food is just plain pitiful.
    You ought to try prison food.:imbar
  10. by   NICU_Nurse
    Starbucks has toffee coffee? Oh, my. Umm. Anyway. Have any of you read the book Fast Food Nation? VERY interesting look at how commercial chains have come to dominate our society today. Just FYI. I have to say, because of nursing, and my husband's inability to enter the kitchen without fainting or feigning a seizure (once I caught him putting Lemon-flavored PAM in our chili just so he wouldn't have to cook it again!), we have depended largely on fast food (bleeeechhh!) and takeout (not much better) from every restaurant within a fifty mile radius for the last year. The result? We both felt like crap. We recently decided that a little planning could take care of it, and for three weeks now we've been eating a balanced, moderately low-fat/salt/etc. "diet". I FEEL GREAT! I used to be a vegetarian, and always had a problem with fast food (and felt like a total hypocrite eating so much of it in the last year). Not to mention that I have a personal issue with the commercialization of our country (SperWalMart and McD's being at the top of my list), so y'all can have 'em! Anyway. ;>P

    Our cafeteria, in the basement, which is grody and near the morgue, serves only the best in greasy, disgusting, badly prepared cafeteria food. There are NO healthy options, aside from a big bowl of half-bruised apples and oranges. Oh, and they sell bottled water. I'd heard that we were getting a contract from the Hilton caterers, but apparently that fell through.

    You know, I work night shift, and sometimes because the cafeteria is closed, we rely on the vending machines. Now will someone please tell me why they can't throw a few healthy items in there? I mean, Jeez...keep the M&M's but use a few tiers for some fruit, or soup, or granola bars or popcorn or WHATEVER, but is it necessary that we have TWENTY different choices in chocolate? We're a hospital. Also, I can't speak for days, but at night, if you happen to forget your lunch, or if you get hungry, you're stuck with a nice meal of TWIX, Cheetos, and a Honey Bun to go along with your Coke. I always feel gross after eating that crap.

    Subway is great (for a fast-food rest.)- nice healthy choices, veggies, options for those who don't want to eat 'regular' food. Wendy's is good, too...chili, baked potatos, salads out the yin-yang, grilled chicken sandwiches...all things with higher nutritional content (if not lower fat). I'll never understand it.
  11. by   NICU_Nurse
    Oh, shoot. I forgot one thing! Our facility is planning a patient-smoking policy that should go into effect relatively soon. Patients will no longer be allowed to leave their rooms to smoke (on the patio or in the courtyard, our only smoking areas). If a patient needs to smoke, he needs a pass from the nurse. In order to get the passes, the doctor has to write an order for them. IF this issue is not addressed upon admit, this means that potentially the MD could be called upon at any time of the day or night to write said order. If the patient is caught smoking outside without a pass, he will be discharged from the hospital immediately. You know what I see here? I see no order upon admit. I see a cranky, nicotine craving patient having a hissy fit because he can't smoke. I see him lighting up in the bathroom or hanging out the window. I see nurses lighting up the phones all night calling the doctors for STAT smoking orders. It's a very well- thought-out policy.
  12. by   ERNurse752
    One of the children's hospitals in my area has a McDonald's in their cafeteria.

    My hospital cafeteria actually has some decent food...there's the traditional fatty stuff, but usually a couple healthy choices. For dinner, they have a specific "Heart Healthy" dinner menu option.

    For breakfast, once a week a guy comes in and makes omelets right there in front of you, after picking out the ingredients you want.

    They have a food cart that goes to all the floors during the evening, with their last round being 2300'ish so that nights can get food too...and they've even started putting hot food on it too.

    I think I feel blessed.

    Oh, get this...my hospital "network" just built a new heart hospital, and they apparently serve a free continental breakfast to all staff every morning. They have a chef in-house 24/7 so pts can order whatever they want, whenever they want it...
  13. by   Lausana
    Originally posted by -jt


    A couple of years ago, my hospital eliminated its cafeteria, allowed Taco Bell to open shop in the lobby, and agreed that it would allow no competition on the premises. So if you want to eat while visiting my hospital, Taco Bell has you hostage.
    Taco h3ll? LOL I hope they have plenty of bathroom facilities available!! One would think if they were going to only have 1 it would be something more that served a variety?

    Subway & Wendy's are decent choices, especially with Subway's hype about they 6 gram/fat subs.

    You know, I work night shift, and sometimes because the cafeteria is closed, we rely on the vending machines. Now will someone please tell me why they can't throw a few healthy items in there? I mean, Jeez...keep the M&M's but use a few tiers for some fruit, or soup, or granola bars or popcorn or WHATEVER
    Kristi-we've got one at work & it's usually stocked with those little cartons of milk, fruit, premade sandwiches and stuff & is a lifesaver! It's stocked by the same place that fills the vending machines...Time to demand one

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