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- Jan 7 by Sweet_Wild_RoseThere's always this option:
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- Jan 7 by DoGoodThenGoAm truly sorry about the OP's plight and yes I would have been "fired" as well, if not taken to central booking! *LOL*
Have worked in hospitals, offices and every place in between and am here to tell you it happens all over the place. Anywhere there is a central kitchen or fridge for employee's to keep their food it is subject to those who feel free to help themselves (theft). There have even been sitcom/movie scenes about it.
While it does seem tempting to place a "surprise" inside one's lunch/dinner for the snatcher it isn't wise. If he or she becomes ill and or otherwise suffers adverse effects you could be the one in trouble.
Being as all this may I would certainly go up the food chain and complain loudly until the matter is addressed. In my day certain aides were banned from going into the nurse's station, breakroom, etc for complaints of "missing" objects. Indeed some head/charge nurses refused to have these persons sent to their floor.
The other worry was post graduates (interns, residents) who always seemed to be on the prowl for food. You could page them for hours to sign an order or start an IV and nothing, but order Chinese food or let the night shift stash their meals in the fridge and then in short order you'd have a plague of them like locusts. Here again supervisors and or nursing administration would either sit the offenders down or complain to the proper channels.
Though not always possible have always felt the nurse's breakroom, fridge and so forth should be like the med room; licensed personnel only. Give aides and others their own space and let them deal with each other when things go missing.
- Jan 7 by proud nurseI've never been a fan of other people's prepared food. I also don't really participate in potlucks. And it takes a lot of nerve to eat a strangers food. You don't know whose mouth you are taking it out of, in this case a pregnant woman's.
Some people are so gross.
- Jan 7 by yardienursemake some brownies with x-lax and leave them in the fridge that should fix him or some extra spicy chilli something that wouldnt phisically hurt him but would make him think twice bout doing that again.
- Jan 7 by multi10Some hospitals/medical centers have vending machines to provide food when the cafeteria is closed. Over the years they seem to have improved and provide some healthy offerings (apples, cheese, things that you may find okay if this happens to you again).
There is no excuse for a person to steal your food. If you're forced to use vending machines, you have to pay out of pocket. Plus, you may have dietary restrictions.
Some units have the policy, "Label your food. If your food isn't labeled, and is in the fridge on [certain date by certain time], your food will be discarded." Maybe the perpetrator was waiting until the eleventh hour to pounce on your food. Like a big sneaky cat. (To call him a big sneaky cat does a disservice to cats.)
Another thing you could do is bring snacks in your purse, plus meals in a small soft "Polar Bear" cooler that you can store perishables in, and keep in a locker, for your shift.
- Jan 7 by jadelpnI would get an insulated bag with a cold pack and put everything in your locked locker. Which is so sad that one has to concern themselves with people not touching their food. OR if you live close to your place of work, perhaps your husband can come have dinner with you and bring you a plate?? Sad and I am the first one to say, if I have extra, I will share it--and give it to you myself. Don't however, touch my food.