Name a stupid policy/idea your facility thought would fly - page 6

A former facility thought they could multi task the housekeepers by having them be lab techs. If they were in a room cleaning, they could drop their mops and get a few vials of blood for us. That... Read More

  1. Visit  MN-Nurse profile page
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    I got nothing on the cleaning crew doing lab draws, but:

    The CEO just put out a memo that he wants to put hometowns on all RN badges. You'd think he just told them to all stick needles in their eyes from the reaction.
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  3. Visit  MN-Nurse profile page
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    Quote from NurseCard
    The one LTC that I have worked in, also had this exact policy (nurses doing meal passes). Ridiculous.
    I worked in one of those too. If you worked day shift, over two hours of your shift was spent slinging hash. Courtesy of Pretendtocare. (Extendicare).
    Psychtrish39, opossum, and wooh like this.
  4. Visit  Bklyn_RN profile page
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    If you worked alternate weekends and you requested vacation time. You were expected to work your weekend even though you were on vacation. They made you agree to this before they approve your vacation request. If you did not agree, they would not approve your vacation request. So people have actually come in to work there weekend while on vac. If you did not come in, you would not get paid. I wish I was making this up.
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  5. Visit  NotReady4PrimeTime profile page
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    We've seen more than a couple of brilliant ideas in the last few years. When ER wait times began getting a lot of negative media attention, the solution was the "over-capacity protocol". Admitted patients who are being held in the ER for a vacant bed are now being sent up to the wards on stretchers and put wherever the stretcher will fit. The tub room, the day room, Mr Smith into a 2 patient room between Mrs Brown and Mrs Jones... never mind infection control, never mind privacy or dignity, never mind safety for the patients AND the nurse... But my unit has been doing a form of this very thing for many years. We routinely admit two patients to a single patient room that has been "redesigned" to be a double room. So for us it's just business as usual.

    Our manual peritoneal dialysis set-ups were constructed at the bedside from a variety of components and the system worked pretty well. We'd gown and mask, make a big sterile field, open all of our components onto it, don our sterile gloves and build the set, which was then good for 72 hours. Someone decided that this was too great an infection risk, so she searched high and low for a prebuilt kit (which costs more) but this kit has to be taken apart so the fluid-warming tubing can be added and the collection bag is a separate piece too. And we have to change this set every 24 hours. So how have we reduced our infection risk?? And we're spending MORE money.

    Don't even get me going on the blood coolers.
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  6. Visit  shygoofyone profile page
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    Quote from PennyWise
    The idea: Patients being admitted to the unit from the ER were going to be transported to the unit by the unit RN. The RN would leave the unit, go to the ER, get the patient and transport them.
    We just started this in two units at my hospital, because it's cut down on patient safety events between ER and ICU transfers. The problem is that we're given 15 mins from the time the bed is assigned and ready to go get our patient. Then, you've got to spend 30-45 minutes (or longer) getting the admission stuff out of the way.

    The ICU/ER staff had been doing this for awhile, and patient safety events were cut by a good number. However, ICU is right down the hall....not three floors up!
  7. Visit  Hygiene Queen profile page
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    Quote from MN-Nurse
    I got nothing on the cleaning crew doing lab draws, but:

    The CEO just put out a memo that he wants to put hometowns on all RN badges. You'd think he just told them to all stick needles in their eyes from the reaction.
    Why???
    What on god's green earth could be the idea behind that?
    Forget needles... get me a pencil... and make it sharp!

    These stories are killing me!
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  8. Visit  wooh profile page
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    I think along with hometown, they should have the last 4 digits of your SSN and your mother's maiden name...
    JHU2016, Silverlight2010, Jenni811, and 20 others like this.
  9. Visit  tokmom profile page
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    Quote from MN-Nurse
    I got nothing on the cleaning crew doing lab draws, but:

    The CEO just put out a memo that he wants to put hometowns on all RN badges. You'd think he just told them to all stick needles in their eyes from the reaction.
    Why hometowns?:icon_roll
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  10. Visit  WeepingAngel profile page
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    Sounds like a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, or Disney. Will all the RNs be referred to as "cast members"?
    opossum, redhead_NURSE98!, nrsang97, and 9 others like this.
  11. Visit  BostonTerrierLoverRN profile page
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    Lol, I was born in Norway, but I am an in no way Norwegian (except by birth), and my ancestry goes back for centries in America. To work with me in Texas to North Carolina, or walking with me in New Orleans- you'd have no clue I am a closet Scandinavian. If I had to wear my hometown, Hardanger, Norway, I would get a lot of confused looks, because I am blonde/blue eyed lol! But, my southern accent would make them wonder if that was a joke.
  12. Visit  All4NursingRN profile page
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    Easy 6:1 nurse patient ratio. LMAO!!!

    Yeah right most nights I average 10 patients at any given time. Those unsafe staffing sheets are like my best friends now.
  13. Visit  All4NursingRN profile page
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    You know what forget the housekeeper/phlebotomist story. I think this one takes the cake. It infuriates me just reading it.

    Quote from sra27
    I think the housekeeper/phlebotomist policy is going to be the winner... However I do have a "good" one to share. A certain hospital that I worked at for a short time stated that their nurses were perceived as "lazy" by the general public. To improve their image, the management decided that nurses (and nurse techs) were no longer allowed to sit down during their shift unless they were lucky enough to leave the floor for a lunch break (which almost never happened) or using the restroom.

    The nurses' station was closed down and all the tables and chairs on the floors were removed, except for a single card table with one chair, a computer, and a phone for the secretary. The nurses were issued zone phones to carry, and portable computers with instructions to do all charting in the patients' rooms so that they and their visitors could "see you working". The nurses were also issued locater badges, to track were they went on the floor and how long they spent in each patient's room. (to make sure they weren't "sitting down being lazy somewhere") To add further insult: there was a room set aside for physicians to dictate and review their charts and sit down with tables chairs and computers, but it was only accessible with a physician's ID badge.
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  14. Visit  Hygiene Queen profile page
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    Quote from wooh
    I think along with hometown, they should have the last 4 digits of your SSN and your mother's maiden name...
    ...and the last time you had a bowel movement...
    JHU2016, Jammin' RN, Silverlight2010, and 15 others like this.


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