I'm supposed to wear an "Ask me if I washed my hands!" button?! - page 20

Today, administrators launched a handwashing campaign, part of which includes having patient care staff wear giant buttons that say, "Ask me if I washed my hands!" Patients are encouraged to ask... Read More

  1. by   jyoung1950
    Quote from Namaste4All
    I see your point. I have not seen that myself. Where I work even the CNA'a are OCD about washing, but the doctors.... never SEEM to wash. They could be going from floor to floor and really spreading this stuff. What creeps me out is then they touch the charts and everything else. I agree that if a patient has to question if a nurse washed their hands then what else?

    Either way it should not be limited to nursing staff as that is just a slap in the face. I would probably get sharpie happy myself. Are you going to wear the same pin day in and day out for months? Hope they have a sterilization plan for those unsanitary things.
    Physicians are God - they smite germs before the little demons can get within 10 feet of them. :angryfire
  2. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from jyoung1950
    Physicians are God - they smite germs before the little demons can get within 10 feet of them. :angryfire
    No, love, the germs merely die on contact with the MDs' skin.

    Poison, you know.
  3. by   nursemaa
    Quote from caroladybelle
    No, love, the germs merely die on contact with the MDs' skin.

    Poison, you know.

  4. by   redwinggirlie
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    This would be about the same as "Ask me if i pick my nose" button to me.
    Lol too funny!
  5. by   dfurbee
    Isn't this a free country?
  6. by   JMBM
    Yep, the manager of our Dept gave out those same buttons with instructions to wear them. I work a rotating shift and so see most of the nurses. I never saw a single nurse wearing the button - except the nurse manager who gave them out in the first place. Sometimes these things have a way of working out.
  7. by   boulergirl
    I think I'd wear the button on my (ahem) arse and the patient could see it as I left the room.


    Loved your suggestion about submitting this whole scenario (with the giant hand) to "ER" or "Scrubs". I would love to see Jerry forced to dress up in the hand costume, with Dr. Weaver instigating the whole handwashing campaign. Hahaha!
    Actually, the ER had a handwashing theme in one of their episodes several years ago...and Jerry was the guy who didn't wash his hands, thus spreading a staph infection around. Yep, he should be forced to wear the hand costume.
  8. by   CathRN
    My NM gave me one of those stupid "Ask me if I washed my hands" buttons to wear. I asked her if she seriously expected me to wear that, and of course she said yes. The button lasted all of five seconds before I threw it in the trash. I told her that was an insult to me and I refused to wear it. She said she would get me another, and I told her it would be "file 13'd" also. Last I have heard of it................so far.
  9. by   pre-nursey 101
    Some of us still do not know we are suppose to wash her hands I am in nursing school right now and some of us do not know when to change from dirty to clean gloves when doing a sterile dressing. I don't think it is a insult though, but just a reminder to the ones who don't know to do it.
  10. by   nursejohio
    Quote from mhull
    lol....I couldn't help but laugh. How about one that says, "ask me when the last time i peed was?"
    OMG! I had to laugh at that one...I define a good day as any day I can pee before noon :hatparty:
  11. by   nursejohio
    Quote from ecugirl
    Methinks thou doest protest too much. As an Infection Control nurse of almost 15 years, I can tell you from study after study and from personal observations of staff, that staff DO NOT wash their hands nor do they clean equipment from patient to patient. I can't tell you how many times I have watched staff; not just nurses either; come out of a patient room, remove gloves and go straight to the computer to chart...never washing their hands. And I challenge you, whenever you are a patient, be it yourself at your doctor's office or an Urgent Care or Emergency Room OR your child at the pediatrician's...watch and see who washes their hands before touching you or your child...you will be appalled! This is a nationwide effort to respond to JCAHO's Patient Safey Goal of compliance with the CDC Guidelines for Hand Hygiene to ensure staff are washing their hands and involve patients in their care. This should be viewed as a good thing for patient care. At my hospital we have been doing this since 1991 with signs posted in the patient room stating, "Has your healthcare worker washed their hands? ASK THEM!" You shouldn't be so intimidated by this question if you are doing the right thing.
    Point taken, but as a nurse who washes before, after and sometimes in the middle of patient care, I too would "protest too much" if my manager came around with such an insulting idea. I wash my hands so often my knuckles are raw by the time I get home and I'd still refuse to wear it. It's not that *nurses* don't wash enough, it's that *everyone* slacks on it. Asking just nurses to wear the button is horribly demeaning to the nurse and the profession in general. I've seen housekeepers (with the best of intentions) get patients a drink after cleaning a toilet, and doctors pull off a bloody post op bandage and proceed to the next patient on their list without a second to stop and think that the wound is colonized with something icky. It's not just us!!! :angryfire
  12. by   luvkitties
    Let's take it up anotch anybody who enters hospital doors should wash their hands which would include administrators as well.

    Yeah, let's start putting in sinks in front of the doors of every healthcare facility entrance, kind of like those metal bars you have to walk through before you can get into a casino. Also, hire a guard to watch and sing one verse of "Yankee Doodle" out loud, so as to designate the appropriate amount of scrubbing (the exception, of course, would be if it's the visitor's birthday..then the guard could sing a verse of "Happy Birthday").

    What a bunch of horse****
  13. by   NurseCard
    I've got some new buttons for y'all:

    First, the obvious: "Ask me about my grandchildren!"

    Here are more:

    "Ask me about my yeast infection."

    "Ask me to make farting noises with my armpits"

    "Ask me how you can make farting noises with your armpits"

    "Ask me how many patients I have tonight"

    "Ask me if I'm 'working hard or hardly working'"

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