Taking out the trash - page 7

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   Alnamvet
    We should all take some responsibility for the mess we make, and I would clean, change linens, disinfect beds and rails, but I won't until I see the md's pick up after themselves after a procedure, and when the hordes of house keepers and UAP's exit the nursing lounge after an hour's worth of rifling through the bag lunches in the refridgerators...as far as I'm concerned, if it ain't within reach for my disposables, it goes on the floor...I ain't got time to look or care for the jerks who were originally hired to pick up the trash.
  2. by   CEO
    As a NUM, I will now add "how do you feel about removing the trash" next time I am interviewing to fill a position in my department. It worries me to think that I might mistakenly employ a nurse who would turn a blind eye to a full trash bin in the room of an ill patient. I empty trash, my boss empties trash and his boss empties trash. Who do you think you are?
  3. by   Tweety
    Quote from shirley SA
    ....you need to get more House keeping support so you can be a NURSE.

    Silly me, I didn't realize that was within my power to get more housekeeping support. Do I also have the power to get more nursing support so I can be a NURSE?
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    When it comes to healthcare cuts, housekeeping is usually the first to get it because they are considered not necessary for pt. care. It was the original reason why i had gone for my CNA. Evening housekeeping where i'd worked had gotten cut from an 8 hour shift to 30 MINUTES, and local places had done the same.

    Signed, Former Housekeeping Jerk
  5. by   jnette
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Silly me, I didn't realize that was within my power to get more housekeeping support. Do I also have the power to get more nursing support so I can be a NURSE?
    Perhaps you didn't snap your fingers just right Tweety.
    Try again. :chuckle
  6. by   fiestynurse
    I always had a housekeeper around that I could ask to do it. - "When you get a minute, could you empty the trash in so and so's room - Thanks!" Housekeeping knew that I was busy doing patient care and never had a problem with that.
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    IF housekeeping is there, that's one thing. I'd mention that the trash needed emptied in Room X. Night shift, we never see housekeeping, since they're all over the building cleaning rooms from late discharges. Lift the bag out, there's a roll of new ones in the bottom. All of 30 seconds. And a pt. that says "thank you".

    Or a great idea that a housekeeper used to do on our floor before she retired. She put 5 bags, one inside the other lining the can. Lift one bag out, the other was already set up in the can. Less than 10 seconds. And a pt. that says "thank you".

    Anyway, I'm not pushing for people (i say people because i have seen doctors empty the trash in their offices, and when they fill it after a procedure with a pt.) to empty the trash, but it's not right to leave it overflowing either. OR to just throw it in the FLOOR (throwing it in the floor just for someone else to come along and pick it up is flat-out RUDE. Would you do that in your own house? Then don't do that at work!).
  8. by   jnette
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    IF housekeeping is there, that's one thing. I'd mention that the trash needed emptied in Room X. Night shift, we never see housekeeping, since they're all over the building cleaning rooms from late discharges. Lift the bag out, there's a roll of new ones in the bottom. All of 30 seconds. And a pt. that says "thank you".

    Or a great idea that a housekeeper used to do on our floor before she retired. She put 5 bags, one inside the other lining the can. Lift one bag out, the other was already set up in the can. Less than 10 seconds. And a pt. that says "thank you".

    Anyway, I'm not pushing for people (i say people because i have seen doctors empty the trash in their offices, and when they fill it after a procedure with a pt.) to empty the trash, but it's not right to leave it overflowing either. OR to just throw it in the FLOOR (throwing it in the floor just for someone else to come along and pick it up is flat-out RUDE. Would you do that in your own house? Then don't do that at work!).
    Good post... gotta agree.
  9. by   Krissy NY
    I am a bit fuming today myself, which I will share in a new thread in just a bit.

    Vac, I think I know how you feel. I think it is maybe because the nurse told you to empty the garbage. Sometimes nurses, in my experience, use their authority to humiliate CNA's. I have seen it and experienced it.

    When I was a brand new CNA I had worked my but off all night when the night nurse came in (miserable as ever) and told me to "GO LOOK AT THE COMMODE IN THE BACK BATHROOM AND CLEAN IT!!!!" I went back there to find a tiny tiny speck on the underside of the seat. I cleaned it and never said a word about it.

    Don't worry Veck. I also think it is very kind of you to consider the residents need for rest.

    Krissy
  10. by   pepperbark
    I have emptied the trash cans in the patient's room but only if I have extra time. I am the case manager on the med-surg floor and do not expect any of the nurses or cna's to. We have housekeeping on the floor but sometimes don't get to all the rooms.
  11. by   Farkinott
    I think that my fellow colleagues working in the USA need to stick up for their rights! Nurses are skilled professionals, not menial workers! If you continue to "not mind" doing other people's jobs on a regular basis you will forever be entrenched in a subservient role to our higher paid medial colleagues! Get a grip! Do you see physios, ocuppatonal therapists, slcial workers etc. "not minding" to take out the rubbish as it is offending their delicate nostrils?! Some of you guys need to put yourselves at the top of the ladder, not skimming the dregs from the bottom!
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Farkinott
    Do you see physios, ocuppatonal therapists, social workers etc. "not minding" to take out the rubbish as it is offending their delicate nostrils?! Some of you guys need to put yourselves at the top of the ladder, not skimming the dregs from the bottom!
    I've seen all sort of occupations taking out their own trash. Their choice. Mine too.

    BTW, what 'dregs' ARE at the bottom?
  13. by   leslie :-D
    i remember one time i got sooooooo upset when there was a huge, fecal mess on a pt's toilet. the housekeeper told me that once nursing removed the bulk of the stool, then housekeeping would come in to remove/clean the toilet seat. i got so flippin mad. when i was talking it over with my DON, she just looked at me like "why WOULDN'T you want to do this for your pt." it was just the way she said it that made me WANT to do it for my pt. and/or that it I, the nurse, was responsible for ensuring all good/clean outcomes. so those are the times that i don't mind. but again, if this was in my job description, i would tell them all to bark at the moon.

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