Roaches are going to drive me out of home care!!! - page 7

I feel like I should be called the Orkin Nurse, and instead of a backback, I should carry an arsenal of roach-killing chemicals. I need a roach repellant perfume or something. Yesterday... Read More

  1. by   TweetiePieRN
    Last semester I completed my clinical rotation at this nasty convalescent home. Our instructor was showing us what kinds of different tube feeding material there was. She picked up a bottle of Jevity and there were maggots stuck to the bottom of it. We looked closer at the shelf it came from and noticed a large colony of maggots! Crawling around the bottles of jevity and on paperwork!!!! Gross!!!! Needless to say, I will never consider working at this facility! This happened right before we were to go on lunch break.
  2. by   hoolahan
    Billssisbeth...OMG!!! YOU were uppity??? Unbelievable...poor baby.

    Tweeite, that is gross!! But, if we are going to talk about bugs in the hospital, that is a given. I would often find roaches in the bed linens of bedbound pt's who were on TF. Roaches LOVE that stuff.

    diana, yes most agencies do have MSW, but I worked for one where they just couldn't find one FT. So, we had to refer to APS or county Board of soc service directly between MSW's.
  3. by   KarafromPhilly
    ROACHES IN BEDS? How absolutely disgusting. I've worked in two hospitals over the last five years and I've never heard of such a thing. How sad for a bedbound TF patient to have to share their bed with insects. YUCK.
  4. by   Gompers
    This thread really makes me feel guilty about being disgusted whenever a gnat is flying around my hospital unit!


    One of our unit's HH nurses also encountered chickens living in a Chicago apartment, just running around with the kids. I once defrosted some breastmilk to give to a baby at work, and thank god I noticed the brown specks at the bottom before I fed him - baby cockroaches! I once read about a peds HH nurse who was concerned because there were always clumps of old blood whenever she suctioned this one baby's trach. According to lab analysis, it wasn't blood - baby cockroaches again!


  5. by   Brita01
    Oh gads! Why can't I stop reading this thread?
  6. by   TonyafutureRN
    Yikes! I hate roaches too.I do home health as well but haven't really had a problem with this. I only saw a roach one time in one house. Most of my patients are in pretty clean houses and don't have a problem with this. I would be most scared of bringing one into my house and having them multiply. I'm not the best housekeeper and don't have enough time to clean like I want being in school full time and working weekends, plus my two little ones have a habit of getting crumbs everywhere, so I know they would have a field day in my house if they got here. :stone
  7. by   LilgirlRN
    I HATE ROACHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Theway I figure it is like this... should I do something really terrible and get sent to Hell, there will be roaches everywhere. Lucifer himself will be one of those hissing roaches from Madagascar, they will be in my food, in my hair, crawling allover me. I'm doing the gross-me-out dance as I am typing this, lol! WR
  8. by   Su360
    Well I was moving to Florida for Home Health Care.....now maybe not..yuk!

    Su360
  9. by   nursemary9
    Hi

    Worked 10 trs. in Home Health in Chicago!! Encountered many places filled with roaches, rats mean dogs; also lots of places with dog urine & poop all over; even had roaches crawling over the patients bed!!

    You Teach, Teach, Teach!! Bring only the bare necessities into the home.

    However, in the end, it was the paper work that did me in!! Oasis, etc.


    Mary Ann
  10. by   renerian
    Seen many a bed with roaches.

    renerian
  11. by   tammy g
    Quote from hoolahan
    Not in those neighborhoods, trust me, I should carry an uzi!

    Plus, in the high rise, there is like no where to park. Today I parked in a church lot and walked a block b/c the parking garage has been shut down (maybe roaches took it over??) , not that I felt safe in that underground one anyway, but then we sometime will also have 2 or 3 people in a building (talk about punishment) so going back to the car is not an option, I'm usually relieved each time I go out and see my car still there!
    Poor thing, the roach thing is just plain nasty. Ever think about moving to Montana. Don't see much for those nasty bugs in Montana.
  12. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    OMG-

    After reading this thread, I do not think I would ever work in home care as an RN. I did as a CNA, but that was in a very ritzy retirement community- never saw a single bug in a home there.

    I had imagined home-care nursing allowed nurses to really get to know their pts, and I dreamed of what it must be like to only have to care for one pt at a time.

    I never imagined the horrors described here.

    My hat is off to all of you.
    Home care cinsists of both "visits" and shifts with pts for a variety of "problems."
    Visits generally revolve around pt teaching, wound care, etc.
    Shifts are anything from 4 hours to 12 or 13 hours for pts who require full-time skilled nursing care. Often these are on vents or are quite fragile for a number of reasons. Some just require st caths, daily care, tube feeds, central line fluids, etc.

    I refuse to do visits because of the bug issues. HOwever, when I go to a home for a shift and there are bugs, I will complete the shift but I do not return. There ARE nurses who don't have so much difficulty with bugs and they do fill those spots.
  13. by   mattsmom81
    OMG! I have done a few home visits where the living conditions were deplorable and the health dept/ss had to be notified...garbage, feces, flies, and various other insects and their larvae, infants and patients all coexisting...yucckkk...gives me the willies thinking about it.

    That Fear Factor' show with the roaches crawling over the guest freaks me out!!! :uhoh21:

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