Should RNs do housekeeping job or is it our job? - page 5

: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   SmilingBluEyes
    good points, canoe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why IS that???
  2. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    good points, canoe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why IS that???
    Because the more time nurses spend on professional tasks, the less time they have to do the $hit that nobody else wants to do.
  3. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from Nurse GOODNIGHT
    In my hosp houskeeping is called housecreeping-'cause they're so slow-cleaning up cath labs, rooms, etc. but the point is they do clean....what's the point of them being there? But if we see something while with the pt we help out the pt. Also your CNA will remember if you call her while you're right there and could do it. Next time your tushys in a jam, she'll remember. We also have service people that pass out food trays and fresh water in addition to the CNAs,
    Housecreeping. I LOVE IT!!! :roll
  4. by   susanna
    This is yet another discussion that gives me the creeps about nursing. It sounds like slavery-work....
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from RN4NICU
    Because the more time nurses spend on professional tasks, the less time they have to do the $hit that nobody else wants to do.
    No you misunderstand. I said, why is it we are "qualified" to clean up poop, vomit, etc, but NOT do teaching other depts don't have time for, yet we are perfectly qualified TO DO???????? Why is it dietary, respiratory, lab, etc are so proprietary yet housekeeping is so NOT ???? That is the point canoehead was making, I think.
  6. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    No you misunderstand. I said, why is it we are "qualified" to clean up poop, vomit, etc, but NOT do teaching other depts don't have time for, yet we are perfectly qualified TO DO???????? Why is it dietary, respiratory, lab, etc are so proprietary yet housekeeping is so NOT ???? That is the point canoehead was making, I think.
    I understood. The comment was made "tongue in cheek".
  7. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Where I work, there is no housekeeping.

    Nurse are required as a part of our job desriptions to clean up everything.

    Back when I was an LPN, I worked at an inpt hospice unit where pts were allowed to bring their pets. Nurses were required to pooper scoop the pets. I never saw an RN do this. I was an LPN at the time, and this task was delegated to the LPNs by the RNs.
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Jul 5, '04
  8. by   ADNCyn
    Now, we new nurses need to take heed and ask the right questions before starting a job or even interviewing for a job concerning "Infection Control" policies and any other hospital/facility policy: what exactly is the job description of everyone you will or may have to work with. ASK ASK ASK!!! Though I am definitely excited about becoming an RN, but my God, You teach us to be anxious for nothing, You have brought us thus far and will continue to carry us even in our not for certain moments... ASK ASK ASK, taking a job because it merely says "RN" is not enough these days. You must protect yourself and your license, what's important enough for you to ASK ASK ASK before accepting a position. Thank you Father Lord for the wisdom and experience of my fellow RNs whose vision shines the path for me to be a good, but knowledgable and strong nurse... This site is truly a blessing God Bless each and everyone of us...Amen!!!
    Last edit by ADNCyn on Jul 5, '04
  9. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from ADNCyn
    Though I am definitely excited about becoming an RN, but my God, You teach us to be anxious for nothing, You have brought us thus far and will continue to carry us even in our not for certain moments... ASK ASK ASK, taking a job because it merely says "RN" is not enough these days. You must protect yourself and your license, what's important enough for you to ASK ASK ASK before accepting a position. Thank you Father Lord for the wisdom and experience of my fellow RNs whose vision shines the path for me to be a good, but knowledgable and strong nurse... This site is truly a blessing God Bless each and everyone of us...Amen!!!
    i'm sorry, but who teaches us to be anxious for nothing? and why the laughing after stating this site is a blessing? i'm confused.
  10. by   ADNCyn
    Quote from earle58
    i'm sorry, but who teaches us to be anxious for nothing? and why the laughing after stating this site is a blessing? i'm confused.
    I am gladden by the fact you merely only responded to my post and not the thread to which I was replying ... God is working!!! However, I am always willing to clear up any confusion... So excuse me: The Lord doesn't desire us to be anxious for anything in this world, He knows we have wants and needs and will see fit to tend to everyone one of them according to His will... Oh is this a laugh, I thought I was shouting Hallelujah!!! Praise God, for this opportunity. Now on to bigger and brighter things of God... Stay Blessed, you ain't doing it by yourself.
    Last edit by ADNCyn on Jul 5, '04
  11. by   Streamlined
    I work in a tidy little Ambulatory Care now, but one of my favorite med/surg memories involves the day I approached a patient's bedside with the intention of removing his femoral vas-cath, and accidently knocked over a urinal (full) and a vase of flowers. I knew damn well that I could clean everything up much faster than it would take to call "housecreeping"---I love love love that!, so I went and found the mop cart(tucked into an alcove while the person assigned to it was taking her break, of course--see what I mean?) and got the job done. All the while I'm chatting with the patient, moving his bed, the bedside table cause of course water went everywhere, we're having us a gay old time, laughing. so I take the cart back to its alcove, fellow nurses kidding me, warning me not to let any housekeeping union reps catch me in the act, teasing me about being too anal,etc. Back to the patient"s room now, wash my hands, get out my sterile gloves, my suture removal kit, my 4X4's, and proceed with my original plan. And chatting with the patient, keeping him draped, applying pressure to his groin, all the while he's not even noticing that the woman who is in intimate contact with his bloodstream was one minute ago mopping piss off the floor.
  12. by   ?burntout
    We have several housekeepers who will clean up a little blood, poop, urine...they are the ones who will also get a patient a pitcher of water if we are really busy. But of course, we have some that refuse to clean if there is a cm sized drop of blood on the floor .

    The housekeepers here (at least on my unit) clean IV pump, enteral feeding pumps, etc when a patient leaves. They also clean bedside commodes in a room after the patient leaves.
  13. by   nurse_lilyjaderose
    Quote from Streamlined
    ..... all the while he's not even noticing that the woman who is in intimate contact with his bloodstream was one minute ago mopping piss off the floor.
    that's hillarious!! but why would the houskeeping union reps be in such a tizzy if you were caught? i mean, why would there be a fuss, if the housekeeper (which really don't see a problem with calling them maids) was away? and it needed to be done quickly?

    well, i suppose i wouldn't be upset if i were the patient... you cleaned up, and you washed your hands!! i think you deserve an award for that. while in high school, i saw people leave the bathroom & lunch room without doing either... one was a teacher.:uhoh21:

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