Should RNs do housekeeping job or is it our job? - page 2

:angryfire Wanted to ask if anyone experienced similar situation and how the issue was handled. 1st of all let me mention that I work for a huge hospital that is considered to be one of the top... Read More

  1. by   leslie :-D
    it was in the housekeeping contract (where i worked) that we nurses cleaned up the bulk and they mopped the remaining. even when an md has ordered a 24 hour stool collection, there i was scrubbing toilets and surrounding areas because housekeeping wouldn't. they didn't even have to clean iv poles or feeding pumps. sounds pretty cushy to me.
  2. by   nurseygrrl
    We have the same type of policy. We clean up the bulk and then housekeeping sanitizes. I don't think it's right, but it's policy so I have to do it.
  3. by   caroladybelle
    No, we shouldn't have to do it.

    But , yes, we certainly end up doing our share.
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    I cannot believe these posts.....I would help clean up on a night shift if there were no housekeepers but neither the cna's or the nurses do the clean up when housekeepers are on duty usually from 6a to 8p....i have never heard of such a thing.....never ever....exactly what is their job if not to clean up
  5. by   Tweety
    Quote from earle58
    it was in the housekeeping contract (where i worked) that we nurses cleaned up the bulk and they mopped the remaining. even when an md has ordered a 24 hour stool collection, there i was scrubbing toilets and surrounding areas because housekeeping wouldn't. they didn't even have to clean iv poles or feeding pumps. sounds pretty cushy to me.
    Now that is spoiled. A patient poops on the floor, I pick it up and they sanitize and mop. But here at least when they clean a room to get ready for a new patient, they at sanitize the IV poles and other things left behind, including bedside commodes (providing they are empty mind you. )
  6. by   smk1
    what are they there for if they don't clean up messes? universal precautions should be practced anyway so what is the big deal about blood and vomit?
  7. by   Tweety
    Quote from smkoepke
    what are they there for if they don't clean up messes? universal precautions should be practced anyway so what is the big deal about blood and vomit?

    Well, they do make minimum wage and it would be hard pressed to keep staff should they be on poop and vomit cleaning. Best leave that to the college graduates.
  8. by   fergus51
    Ha, come to Canada where some of the housekeeping staff make about 2$ an hour less than new RNs! Maybe that's why we expect them to actually work for their paycheques....
  9. by   nurse_lilyjaderose
    Amen to that tweety. is this what i have to look forward to? i haven't even started college yet!! during my hospital visits... (psych ward) i remember house keeping cleaning. but, in one facility in charlotte, nc we, the patients, did just about it all. i remember we had to make our own beds, wash our own clothes (to be expected).... but like dirty towells and sheets... we actually had to take them down to wherever they needed to be so that housekeeping could wash them. in this nc, facility, and the sc ones.... i don't really remember seeing housekeeping all that much. although, in sc, housekeeping came in every day to clean the bathrooms and sanitize. don't remember that in nc. they vacumed and swept, all the things a maid does. i think the purpose of the patients doing some of this work was responsiblity, etc.

    but there was one occasion where a girl got sick..... and... the nurses didn't clean it. housekeeping did.

    did my input help any or only make things worse?? *giggle*
  10. by   Energizer Bunny
    This thread is slightly annoying to me. While I am willing to do just about anything to be a nurse, I do have to wonder, as others have, exactly what is the dang point of housekeeping? When Trey was in the hospital, it literally took them 2 or 3 minutes to sweep through his room doing their crap. There were cobwebs in the corner....no one bothered with those (and that's a big pet peeve of mine....eeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwww).

    Also, CNA's don't make all that much more than the housekeeping staff around here and I would bet that the housekeepers at the hospital probably make MORE than the CNA's at some of the LTC facilities around here. I say it's housekeepings job BUT again if it's policy somewhere for the nurses to do it, I would suck it up and do it.

    When I had my babies, the nurses only cleaned up what they had to in order to get the baby and me comfortable and then housekeeping came right up and cleaned the rest...mopped the blood, etc.
  11. by   Farkinott
    Just refuse to do the cleaning up! Obviously as a human courtesy you would get rid of some bulk but if your patients have a higher need then you are neglecting your job by neglecting them.
    This is a difficult situation which won't be resolved until nurses tand up for themselves. I say "I have no training in mopping or wiping" "I have no access to cleaning tools"
    In short, do what's right but stick up for yourself, did you get a uni degree to mop up?!
  12. by   MandyInMS
    We have no housekeeping after 7pm..so quess what? we're it..seems at every turn more is added to our list of 'you're stuck with it' duties...ex: the other day a memo was posted...ATTENTION: Please clean and return all equiptment to so and so dept....Attention...Attention WHO??? we always remove iv tubing..dirty canisters..empty potties..ect...but I'll be dayumed if I'm cleaning all the freakin equiptment...geeeeeeez.. ..I'm sorry you're having an MI Mrs.Jones but your nurse is busy cleaning potty chairs...grrrrrrrrr
  13. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from Farkinott
    if your patients have a higher need then you are neglecting your job by neglecting them.

    This is an excellent, excellent point. If nurses won't stick up for themselves, at least stick up for the patient and get together and refuse to do it. As I recall, housekeeping means cleaning up messes. That's what the job is about. And the reason they pull the bit about it not being their job is because we keep letting them. Take it to management!

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