Pt stole from a worker?/drama - page 2

When I was working yesterday, we had a pt on our floor who had a sitter. This pt was supposed to stay in bed but was not restrained or sedated and was always getting up and walking around (they... Read More

  1. by   momdebo
    have to agree with Tazzi here, too bad that she had to learn the hard way but when your WHOLE job is to WATCH someone, think about it, do we watch people who are ok/alert/oreinted etc? Probably not. And why did she have to point out that she was crying? Was it not visibly noticeable? Sounds like a cry for attention to me.
  2. by   SuesquatchRN
    I'm not sure that money was taken at all.
  3. by   matchstickxx
    I guess we are lucky to have purse lockers at work. We bring our own locks and clear them out at the end of our shift.
    I have to wonder either about her judgement or the veracity of her story.
    More importantly, she should have never left the patient's bedside without calling for relief. At my hospital, a sitter is not to provide any care for the patient including feeding or even toileting the patient. His or her only job is to ensure the patient's safety and to call for staff if the patient needs anything. This sitter should be reprimanded for leaving her patient alone even if only for a few moments. The theft was pretty minor compared to what could have happened.
  4. by   clee1
    A tech on my unit was functioning as a sitter. She allowed a pt to leave the room whereupon the pt had a seizure, collapsed, cracked his skull open, then spent 10 days in the ICU.

    Do I have to say that this tech was fired?
  5. by   Myxel67
    I watched too many soap operas in my youth, so I have a suspicious nature. Sometimes when someone has a sad story, cries, etc., sympathetic coworkers will collect money to help that person. Perhaps she just didn't cry in front of the right person.
  6. by   celery
    What an unfortunate situation!!
    Last edit by celery on May 26, '07 : Reason: seemed like the right thing to do
  7. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from canoehead
    who among us would leave our purse in a patient room?
    [font="comic sans ms"]i work in icu, so patients are rarely up and around and never on their own, but . . .

    we have no lockers. there is no place to put our purses except in our "break" room where our coworkers can (and do) steal from us or in a patient room, which is marginally safer. things have gone missing if you leave your purse in a patient room, but it's usually the patient's visitors or the custodial staff. the custodial staff are far more likely steal from our purses if we leave them in the break room because (as one explained it) they're sure they're not stealing from a patient that way. i've never had anything stolen from my purse (that i know of) but i'll never forget one 5'1" tall nurse with a black belt in tae kwan do chasing down and tackling a large visitor dressing in gang colors who attempted to steal her purse! by the time she was finished with him, he was black and blue and too embarressed to raise his eyes above ankle level! i have had visitors go through my purse looking for items of interest, but all they find is pens, lipstick and my latest paperback.
  8. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from ruby vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]i i'll never forget one 5'1" tall nurse with a black belt in tae kwan do chasing down and tackling a large visitor dressing in gang colors who attempted to steal her purse! by the time she was finished with him, he was black and blue and too embarressed to raise his eyes above ankle level!
    i love it!
  9. by   AlisonBSN
    There's a reason why people say not to leave your things lying around...because it might get stolen. Nobody's happy that it happened, but when you leave your things lying around someone that requires supervision in the first place, you can expect that they'll do something wrong when not being supervised. It was a stupid thing to do on her part, and I do things like that all the time, so I do understand how that sucks for her...but then again, why be dramatic about it and call the nurse in there to show that you're crying. I'd be crying too...to myself...about how stupid I am.

    To the OP, I would have been aggravated too if I was called in there to see just how much of a girl she was being about it. Big fat waste of valuable time. Especially from a co-worker...she should know better than to leave her crap alone with the type of person who requires a sitter, and to not bother people about it afterwards...ESPECIALLY when it's been determined that nothing further can be done about it. At that point it's just pointless blubbering.
  10. by   tddowney
    Did the sitter deserve to have her money stolen?

    No. No one deserves to be the victim of thieves.

    That said, the sitter sure set herself up for it. Perhaps next time, she'll pay a bit more attention to the job she's there for.
  11. by   TrudyRN
    Who was crying, the pt or the aide?

    I don't see why the sitter couldn't have checked the pt's belongings. Or she could have called the police.

    She needs a fanny pack.
  12. by   TrudyRN
    [quote=matchstickxx;2221341]I guess we are lucky to have purse lockers at work.

    These can easily be broken into. Get a fanny pack or put your absolutely essential items in your pocket. ID, a few bucks, that's it.



    The theft was pretty minor compared to what could have happened.


    Not for the victim.
  13. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from ruby vee
    i work in icu, so patients are rarely up and around and never on their own, but . . .

    we have no lockers. there is no place to put our purses except in our "break" room where our coworkers can (and do) steal from us or in a patient room, which is marginally safer.
    isn't it nice to know how much the employer thinks of you? they need to put lockers there for you. and not in the break room or anywhere else where they are not visible at all times.

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