What do you bring home with you? - page 4

I just had to laugh -- today I noticed that there are piles of alcohol packets from work all over house. Then I noticed that I also have an IV end cap rattling around on my dresser. I have... Read More

  1. by   DHAM
    Quote from theblondeone
    Alcohol wipes and saline flushes are the decorations in my living room! I swear, I don't mean to steal them..LOL
    I know I didnt steal them either...that includes the pens! However, I did find a great use for them...Doesnt everyone get angry after showering only to end up white deodorant stains on your black shirt...and plain water just won't work....alcohol wipes do!!
  2. by   CarolineRn
    Quote from Stitchie
    I just had to laugh -- today I noticed that there are piles of alcohol packets from work all over house.

    Then I noticed that I also have an IV end cap rattling around on my dresser.

    I have also brought home: 2X2's, a tourniquet, unlimited tape rolls, 10mg of Lasix (half tablet), butterfly needles, and once, to my husband's utter horror, a 16 gauge IV catherter.

    If I didn't work insane hours in an ER, I'd think I had some odd form of kleptomania, but I guess it's just a bad habit of not cleaning out my pockets before I leave work.

    What else gets brought home? Besides the c-diff and VRE, of course!
    LOL! all of the above! family freaks when they see the needles, of course. My fear is if I ever get stopped on the way home by the police, they will assume I am a druggie or something. Good topic!
  3. by   CarolineRn
    Quote from earle58
    hmmmm, does anyone bring thems home 'accidentally on purpose'? i have taken gloves to pick up the dog poop in my yard.....anyone else?
    The blue sterile wraps that are used in the OR make "great" packing supplies when moving.
  4. by   geckogirl
    Quote from CarolineRn
    LOL! all of the above! family freaks when they see the needles, of course. My fear is if I ever get stopped on the way home by the police, they will assume I am a druggie or something. Good topic!
    I can definately relate and reassure everyone that it is not only American nurses who are 'accidental kleptos'. My most memorable deposits were a jelco, syringe, alc swab etc that a guest saw on my kitchen table and couldnt leave my place fast enough - the druggie paraphanalia perhaps?! and an ampule of rocuronium that I left on a friends bathroom sink as I was getting changed after work - it was months later that he clicked and asked me what it did and if it was safe to put in a bin.
  5. by   missmercy
    Quote from RoadRunner
    Besides the usual all-the-above, I once went back home with the keys of the narcos cabinet of my unit. The hospital had to change the locks on the cabinet and they charged me with the bill...

    Very very funny... not to mentionned embarrasing!
    Used to have a manager who would send the police out to the home of whatever nurse forgot to return narc keys -- lights, sirens... whole deal -- I think her husband was a deputy -- our incidence of forgetting to return narc keys was pretty low!! Sure, the neighbors will believe that the police were just there to pick up some keys.....:uhoh21:
  6. by   sbic56
    Quote from missmercy
    Used to have a manager who would send the police out to the home of whatever nurse forgot to return narc keys -- lights, sirens... whole deal -- I think her husband was a deputy -- our incidence of forgetting to return narc keys was pretty low!! Sure, the neighbors will believe that the police were just there to pick up some keys.....:uhoh21:
    WOW. Some places take some pretty extreme measures when the keys go home with staff! Any place I have worked, we have always had to make the trip back right away, but no sirens or locksmith fees taken out of the paycheck! I understand it is a big deal, but shesh!!
  7. by   FutureNurse2005
    I'm just curious if any of you return these items at all? lol :chuckle
  8. by   babsrich42
    Quote from FutureNurse2005
    I'm just curious if any of you return these items at all? lol :chuckle
    I bring home most of the stuff mentioned daily, empty my pockets on the table, and load them up the next day with all intentions of leaving the said stuff at work.....only to find that this is a vicious cycle. But the good news is you can count on me for a piece of tape and an alcohol pad!!!
  9. by   Betty_SPN_KS
    So do we take them back and use them at work? Or do we start a new thread "1000 uses for alcohol wipes"?
  10. by   Shed13911
    I had so many alcohol wipes saved up that it literally took me years after I stopped working in the hospital to use them all! LOL. However, there are so many things that they can be used for. Extra gloves too can be a lifesaver and come in very handy at home!
  11. by   Nitengale326
    At our hospital this klepto thing has taken a new turn. One nurse was having puppies... (you know what I mean...lol) so she took a BOX of gloves, and sheets and towels. Another nurse has ruts in her driveway, so she took a wash basin, an emisis basin, and went to the parking lot and took gravel!!! I think this is a bit more than an ETOH pad and Christmas trees! (LOL)
  12. by   TiffyRN
    Barely off orientation and I'm givien a DNR in status epilepticus that I am to push Valium on until she quits. We didn't have Pyxis at that time and (I can't believe this still) only the C-II and C-III drugs were locked up. So I'm given a small handful of Valium vials to push on this lady. I believe I gave 50mg that night in 5mg increments. Thankfully I was in the habit of emptying my pockets at the end of the shift and found 2 vials of Valium, one partially used. I almost lost control of my bodily functions. Ironic thing is there wasn't even a way to waste them, remember, we didn't count C-IV drugs at that time (10 years ago) at least not at that hospital.

    Other than that, I've usually just brought home the usual stuff, saline/heparin vials, alcohol swabs, pens, lots of pens. . .
  13. by   DOCS RN
    Nothing.......All needles and sharps are acounted for. If you are caught leaving the premises with anything, you can kiss your State job good-by.

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