med carts/control freaks - page 2

I know this is going to sound ridiculous but I could use a little feed back from you all.....I'm a full time day shift float in LTC-prior to starting the med pass I load up the med cart they way I... Read More

  1. by   LPN1974
    Well, if the evening shift nurse owns the med cart, maybe she should claim ownership to both shifts, too.
    That's ridiculous and childish. She isn't the only one who uses that cart.
    If you empty your trash, clean up any spills, and reasonably restock the supplies, replace any meds that need replacing, there is nothing else you can do.
    The cart has to come out of the med room to go on rounds, so what the heck difference does it make if it's not "parked" in her designated parking space???
    She needs to grow up and get a life.
    Last edit by LPN1974 on Nov 4, '05
  2. by   ktwlpn
    Guess who I gave report to this afternoon-the med cart nazi...It got very ugly,very fast.She stood with her hands on her hips and told me I had to "put the med cart back the way it was" or "I'm not taking report and accepting the unit" What an arse... I went down the hall straight to the supervisor-the DON happened to be in her office at the time....I told the supe that the evening nurse was no going to take report from me because she did not like the way I had left the cart-(clean as a whistle-just like the counters and the desk-all freshly wiped down with alcohol) The DON said "She WILL take report-tell her I said to get over herself" I'm telling you-the woman is freaking crazy-I shut us in the med room while she performed-the cna's were cracking up at her...I think she just wants to b*tch....In the "old days" this facility was full of nuts just like her but through attrition we are cleaning house and the new staff is flexible,competent and professional ....What an arse....I'm not going to let her bother me----can you believe her?
  3. by   LPN1974
    Quote from ktwlpn
    Guess who I gave report to this afternoon-the med cart nazi...It got very ugly,very fast.She stood with her hands on her hips and told me I had to "put the med cart back the way it was" or "I'm not taking report and accepting the unit" What an arse... I went down the hall straight to the supervisor-the DON happened to be in her office at the time....I told the supe that the evening nurse was no going to take report from me because she did not like the way I had left the cart-(clean as a whistle-just like the counters and the desk-all freshly wiped down with alcohol) The DON said "She WILL take report-tell her I said to get over herself" I'm telling you-the woman is freaking crazy-I shut us in the med room while she performed-the cna's were cracking up at her...I think she just wants to b*tch....In the "old days" this facility was full of nuts just like her but through attrition we are cleaning house and the new staff is flexible,competent and professional ....What an arse....I'm not going to let her bother me----can you believe her?
    Unbelievable.
    Sounds like she doesn't value her job all that much,
    if she wants to b***h over how the medcart is placed in the drug room.
    Totally asinine.

    Good for your supervisor speaking up.
  4. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Quote from sonny
    & while you're at it, why not decorate it for each holiday?? I'm sure it would cheer up the patients!
    At one facility I was the med nurse for 30 subacute patients. We did whatever we could to have a little fun at work. I am a lover of every holiday, so my cart would get a pumpkin sticker or a Christmas stocking or whatever . The state surveys came in one year right after the 4th of July. Yep....my cart had a beautiful American Flag affixed to one corner. The surveyor told me I should take it off because it wasn't "appropriate". I said "Not appropriate to be patriotic?" She told me if I could come up with a "valid" reason for the flag, she wouldn't cite me (I was too new a nurse to ask which reg. I was breaking) so I told her we had 60 patients on the floor and we had 2 med carts. This way MY patients knew at a glance which nurse was theirs and where to go to get their meds. She smiled at me and I didn't get cited.:hatparty:
    PS. I always cleaned my cart for the next nurse and was happy when they cleaned it for me. The rest of the stuff didn't matter. I arranged it my way for my pass and they felt free to change it to suit theirs.
  5. by   Morning-glory
    Rats, I just wrote a big, long, fatigue induced rant, and decided that it was probably not a good idea to post it. Just to say that there are some really wierd coping mechanisms out there and they take their toll on everyone who works with them. Minimum work and maximum pay do not for a happy work place make.

    Way too much stress.

    Hang in there while you have too. Bail out before you start the passive aggressive stuff.

    I just did a double, so I'm going horizontal...

    TTFN
  6. by   suebird3
    geez! just when i heard it all. if my shift gets ugly at the end......i 'fess up. i at least try to do up vital sign sheets, put out some of the stock meds for the 2 carts (i use only one at my med pass.) so....i try to compensate.

    have a good one!

    sue


    Quote from ktwlpn
    guess who i gave report to this afternoon-the med cart nazi...it got very ugly,very fast.she stood with her hands on her hips and told me i had to "put the med cart back the way it was" or "i'm not taking report and accepting the unit" what an arse... i went down the hall straight to the supervisor-the don happened to be in her office at the time....i told the supe that the evening nurse was no going to take report from me because she did not like the way i had left the cart-(clean as a whistle-just like the counters and the desk-all freshly wiped down with alcohol) the don said "she will take report-tell her i said to get over herself" i'm telling you-the woman is freaking crazy-i shut us in the med room while she performed-the cna's were cracking up at her...i think she just wants to b*tch....in the "old days" this facility was full of nuts just like her but through attrition we are cleaning house and the new staff is flexible,competent and professional ....what an arse....i'm not going to let her bother me----can you believe her?
  7. by   LPN1974
    Some more of my thoughts on med carts.....
    I work in a facility for the mentally and physically challenged.
    We have 8 homes to visit to give out our meds to around 110 people.
    We have a small med cart in each home. Certain nurses are assigned a cart for restocking, etc, but with that many carts do you think they are ever all stocked with EVERYthing they need?? {NOT!}
    I heard one dayshift nurse complaining the other day about no spoons being on one of the carts the other day, said it "p****d" him off that the last nurse didn't take any spoons down. Well, I knew he had to be referring to the evening shift because an evening nurse would have been the last one to use a spoon. How ridiculous. We don't have any rules that says the last spoon must be used before more are taken down, so the nurse who was assigned to that cart could have taken some down a long time before that. If the cart has an assigned nurse to do the restocking then that should be her/his job to see to it that supplies are taken down, IMHO. That's the way the DON made the assignments.
    So you can see how anal some people can get.
    I just ignored him, because I know what kind of person he is. A chronic compainer.
  8. by   Morning-glory
    Just as I was cleaning up this morning, I set up the cart for days and locked up the cart. I then realized that ALL the keys were in the cart !!!

    So I called the supervisor and explained what I had done. Turns out, the master key doesn't work on our cart!

    Day staff was thrilled!!!:imbar

    I just felt like such an idiot! It was clean and ready to go, except that it couldn't be opened...

    Worse comes to worse they could have broken the drawer (as it is one of those plastic ones), but pharmacy frowns on such measures.

    I'll find out what happened on Monday.
  9. by   night owl
    I may or may not have done that. :uhoh21:
  10. by   suebird3
    happened here. plus, i have walked off with the keys...only overnight, and for one cart.

    suebird
  11. by   mysticwater
    Okay! Okay! I yell and scream every time people move my stuff around!! It's not a neat freak thing though! Really it's not. I have had to clean up behind many different nurses and godbless them med aides. Honestly it is a territorital thing. I don't care what you do on your shift - take cups off, put applesauce where ever, change the color - just put the medicines back in the same place and don't change where the OTCs are located. I can handle the rest!


    Mysticwater
  12. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    Quote from night owl
    i don't even mind if the cart isn't stocked because i just do it any way. what frosts my crack is when someone uses a liquid med and doesn't tighten the top back on so that when i pick it up it spills or when i shake it, it goes all over. you soon learn to check first. then there are the ones who spill a med like lactulose and we all know how syrupy and sticky that is and do a half a$$ed job at cleaning it up. what's worse is when they spill it on the keyboard to the computer and then the keys sssstttttiiiiicccccccccccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkkkkk when you try to type! it makes the med pass that much longer, as if they aren't long enough! the worst is when they're finished and put the cart back into the med room and never plug it back in so the battery to the computer can charge. there's nothing like rolling out a dead computerized med cart. i thought nursing was all about cleanliness and neatness. not on my unit. what was i thinking? :selfbonk:
    especially the part about what frosts your crack...that's totally outrageous...lol !!! i hate it when people spill liquids, especially sticky ones like lactulose!

    cheers,
    moe
  13. by   bethin
    You say there's no map for the med cart? Why don't you make one--YOUR way? I can't believe people don't have anything better to do than complain about a med cart. And shame, shame on you for not moving it back against the proper wall after housekeeping was done. I believe you should have been written up for that one! Sheesh, you could have killed someone!! Only kidding.

    And just when I think I've heard it all!!

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