Our Infection Control nurse is a control freak....

  1. I am not going into tons of details for fear of being discovered, but our infection control nurse is a CONTROL freak!! We have a new mandatory inservice dealing with infection control. Instead of taping this thing she insists that everyone has to attend it in person. For crying out loud, it is stuff we can learn by reading the material and watch the freaking video.....I hate mandatory inservices....
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  3. by   sjoe
    Good for her! Perhaps your facility won't get swamped with MSRA, etc. as many others are. (Be glad your facility is taking this issue so seriously, IMHO)
  4. by   ERNurse752
    Probably on your day off, too...
    Good luck!
  5. by   Stillanurse
    As an IC nurse myself, your "control freak" is doing what is required of her. Are you familar with Sentinel Events and alerts? If your hospital is accredited by JACHO, it is required to take action against preventing infectons. Sometimes the importance and reason for mandatory meetings are not explained to the staff. Know one knows better than myself about the pain of having to attend! Hope this helps.
  6. by   semstr
    Aren't they all? I know quite of few of "them" (no girls, no drinking on this thread, LOL) and they are all alike.
    Maybe they have to be like that, to do their jobs as they should.
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    In my experience, all Infection Control Nurses are Control Freaks . . . .I guess they have to be. So, your nurse is normal.


    steph (wish the sun would shine)
  8. by   Liann
    Ours is on a crusade now to get keyboard covers on every freakin terminal. Cant wait to see all of the typos that I will make once they are on.....
  9. by   nurseygrrl
    Boy do I know what you're talking about! It must be a requirement to be half crazy to become an IC nurse!! Ours sifts through all of our sharps containers to make sure everyone is using the safety syringes properly. She has even pointed through the plastic container and asked me, "Do you know who's syringe this is? They didn't use the safety"! She's a bit of a lunatic, but I do love her
  10. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by Stillanurse
    As an IC nurse myself, your "control freak" is doing what is required of her. Are you familiar with Sentinel Events and alerts? If your hospital is accredited by JACHO, it is required to take action against preventing infectons. Sometimes the importance and reason for mandatory meetings are not explained to the staff. Know one knows better than myself about the pain of having to attend! Hope this helps.

    Yes, I am familiar with all the JCAHO stuff. The inservice she is having is about new paperwork. I don't understand why this can't be videotaped for the ones of us who have to work on the scheduled days. I don't particulary like going to work on my days off, especially with the price of gas these days....36 miles round trip for a one hour inservice. Our IC nurse has always been controlling and has the opinion that it's either her way or the highway. One time we had a pt admitted who reportedly had lice. I get this pt the next day and no type of warnings anywhere about this guy and lice. So I stick an isolation cart outside his door and promptly get jumped on by the IC nurse. Says I can't put anyone in iso w/o a physician's order. She also stated that she had checked the pt for lice the day before and he didn't have it. Was it charted in the chart that she had checked him for lice and found him without an infestion? NO!! My only response was "not documented, not done." She promptly made an entry and took down the iso. This nurse has real control issues, trust me. The bad part of this whole deal is we get caught between some of the docs who want to things one way and the IC nurse who wants them another. I don't necessarily want the IC nurse honked off at me, but I sure don't want to argue with the docs either unless it is warrantied. She has threatened to write us up if we don't comply with the new infection control guidelines about who to put in what type of iso. I can just see the nursing staff catching hell from her because we did something the doctor ordered that wasn't on her protocols. Yeah, you can tell these docs these are the new protocols, but something aren't going to change their minds....especially some of the older ones who are set in their ways.....(kind like some of us nurses.... )...sorry about the long vent....:imbar
  11. by   Sleepyeyes
    originally posted by deespoohbear
    one time we had a pt admitted who reportedly had lice. i get this pt the next day and no type of warnings anywhere about this guy and lice.

    lice!

    now, dee, i tried to get offa this thread, having nothing interesting to contribute. now i'm itchy :uhoh21: and it's all your anal ic nurse's fault.
  12. by   Mkue
    originally posted by sleepyeyes
    lice!

    now, dee, i tried to get offa this thread, having nothing interesting to contribute. now i'm itchy :uhoh21: and it's all your anal ic nurse's fault.
    :chuckle it's catching !
  13. by   sunnygirl272
  14. by   deespoohbear
    Fortunately, this guy was declared free of infestion.

    Not too long ago though, we had the worse case of lice I had ever seen. On a child who was about six. Mom was totally clueless and could have care less about her child. She threatened to take the child AMA and we had to call Child Protective Services, who was all too familar with this child and family. Hadn't been the first time CPS had been contacted about this family, and probably wasn't the last.

    Now my head is itching......

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