Taking out the trash - page 6

Are any of you expected to take out the trash at work? I'm not talking about picking up after yourself in general, but taking the bag of trash to the soiled utility room. I got offended when a... Read More

  1. by   jamesgeorge
    I am very opposed to taking out the trash as routine. In nursing there is a tendency for hospital adminstration, nurse managers and nurses themselves to take up the slack and I applaud that but nurses get taken advantage of. Here is a similar example. Our 3-11 clerk had extended illness and was out for several months. Now on any given day I don't mind answering the phones and working the printer, but the expectation became that because we could suck it up for a day, we could suck it up for three months. In the same way taking out a stinky trash bag turns into 3 less housekeepers on a particular shift.
    As long as nursing takes it we'll keep getting it.
    You don't expect radiology, RT, or MD's to take out the trash do you? This is a team isn't it?
  2. by   purplemania
    I take out the trash daily from my office. No big deal.
  3. by   casper1
    Housekeeping at my hospital only works until 3:30pm. Evening trash is emptied by the Techs and the Nurses. If a floor need moping or a toilet need cleaning we do that to.
  4. by   casper1
    I really don't mind emptying the trash or even doing light houekeeping. But one thing really bugs me. If a patient spills his meal tray on the floor during housekeeping hours, housekeeping tells me it not their responsibility to help
    clean up the mess. The nurse or tech is suppose to pick up the broken glass
    and any spilled food. We aren't given any cleaning supplies no mops or brooms, we have to use bath blankets & towels. Housekeeping adamently refuses to do anything but go over the floor with a wet mop after we cleaned
    up the mess.
  5. by   Robinette
    I've never worked in a facility where Housekeeping didn't stop in every patient's room at least twice a shift. That said, I would have done as you did. I would have let the patient rest and not disturb him/her.

    If for some reason Housekeeping wasn't stopping in a patient's room timely I would have tried to keep the room cleaned up myself, but I do agree with you that it doesn't fall within our job description per se, nor the Nurse Practice Act.

    I'd also ask my manager what was happening to Housekeeping.
  6. by   Robinette
    Addendum: You didn't mention a pile of stinking garbage so I assume it wasn't that drastic a situation
  7. by   Robinette
    Nurses fought hard to get rid of these chores, so they could spend time doing clinical work. And now it seems it's coming back around.

    Sorry, but I don't see it as a nurse's job. Let the CEO come down and pull the trash, or the nurse manager, or the department head. The more you do, the more management will just heap upon you.[/QUOTE]
    Yes! I agree! We need to change our mindsets!
  8. by   nursepenny
    In my facility, we do not have housekeeping/environmental services after 4 PM. The nurses, aides, ward clerks/secretaries, monitor techs, etc., have to empty trash, clean rooms, etc. I do not think it is beneath me to do this, but I also don't think it should be considered a task under the nurses job description. I guess you just do what you have to do.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I empty trash as needed, but if something more pressing is going on, it waits. Seems to me common sense should prevail here......but NO it is NOT a nursing task to me. I don't want it added to my every shift list of responsibilies as EXPECTED. I do it out of courtesy for my patients/families, that is it.
  10. by   shirley SA
    no nurses are not gabage collectors!!! please try to maintain professional standards of hygiene for your patient, but your housekeeping is seriously poorly mamaged or understaffed you need to get more House keeping support so you can be a NURSE.
  11. by   shirley SA
    no nurses are not gabage collectors!!! please try to maintain professional standards of hygiene for your patient, but your housekeeping is seriously poorly managed or understaffed you need to get more House keeping support so you can be a NURSE.
  12. by   nurse dolly
    Quote from VAC
    Are any of you expected to take out the trash at work? I'm not talking about picking up after yourself in general, but taking the bag of trash to the soiled utility room.

    I got offended when a nurse that followed me felt the need to point out that the trash can in a paitent's room was full and the room a little untidy when I'd left the morning before. I asked if housekeeping wasn't around all day to do it. We are expected to put away soiled linen bags, and pick up after ourselves, but I draw the line at taking out the trash. Housekeeping seems to be stretched a little too thin.. For the record, the patient insisted he wanted to sleep, as he had just recovered from an episode of shortness of breath, so I chose not to make extra noise in the room making it pretty. My other patients room was left spotless however.

    What would you think if you went to a dentist, lawyer or gynecologist and you saw them taking out the garbage at their place of business. Aren't we also professionals? Let me know if my thinking is off the wall before I fire off an E-mail to my manager. And thanks for letting me rant :angryfire
    I work in dialysis and we dump all trash between each patient and also at the end of the day we have to take out the biohazard trash which is almost all of ( you know the huge red boxes) anyway usually 5 or 6 of these a day, the PCT's usually do this but if I'm not completely overwhelmed in paper work or charting I make it a point to help out because it is the responsibility of all of us !! That is how I feel
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from nurse dolly
    I make it a point to help out because it is the responsibility of all of us !!

    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    I do it out of courtesy for my patients/families, that is it.

    That sums it all up for me.

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