It just cracks me up to read that management has so much time on their hands that they have to walk around throwing out nurses' water bottles and soda cans. Yet, I know it's true--I've had it happen to me in the operating room--chastised for having a soda can out by the scrub sink; by middle management, of course. When asked why anesthesia was allowed to eat a burrito IN THE ROOM--during a case--met with only a stoney-faced non-reply. :stone
All I can do is shake my head and say, nurses, TAKE THE BREAKS allotted you according to state and federal law--don't be martyrs. If you are allotted a 15 minute break every 4 hours--TAKE IT!!!!!! If you are allotted a 30 or 45 minute lunch, (depending on your shift)---take it!!!
So much of this nonsense falls into the category of "sacred cows" anyway. Trust me; I have seen the same issues--over the past 30 years-- brought up, only to fall by the wayside and then be brought up again like clockwork, every 5 years or so. Middle management can, and does, do anything and everything to justify their existence--
No one will take care of you except you.
Water, soda and coffee at the nurses' station have little to do with nosocomial infections. Pay more attention to good handwashing and less attention to who is drinking what during the course of a workday.
Gosh--I miss the good old '80s, where we would leave our full cups of coffee right outside our rooms--the surgeons would carry their full cups of coffee to the scrub sinks--the supervisor, when she came by your room to say hello, would have a cup of coffee or a can of soda in her hands--funny, we never had any nosocomial infections that I ever heard of....nor have I seen an operating room overrun by cockroaches, LOL!!
If anything, I wish that middle management would spend less time policing our every move and more time monitoring good housekeeping practices. One time, I moved an O.R. table to the side--guess what was under it? A $5 bill. Now, do you REALLY think the last shift of housekeepers mopped or wet vac'd under that table? Or the shift before them? It scares me to imagine just how long that bill had been there...
And don't even get me started about bits of bloody suture pushed into the corners of the rooms....