I'm supposed to wear an "Ask me if I washed my hands!" button?! - page 22

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   jturner9108
    thats is soo funny, i agree ... what is the most basic skill learned in nursing. What is the number one way to prevents spread of germs and infection.... .. if we do not know to wash our hands , well do we need to wear a button that says ask me if i know how to put an ng tube down.
  2. by   Fonenurse
    Don't these buttons add to the infection risk?? Surely they are just another area where germs can live??
  3. by   grannynurse FNP student
    Quote from jturner9108
    thats is soo funny, i agree ... what is the most basic skill learned in nursing. What is the number one way to prevents spread of germs and infection.... .. if we do not know to wash our hands , well do we need to wear a button that says ask me if i know how to put an ng tube down.

    You would be surprised at how many of these professionals have forgotten this basic. Try looking at the infection rates in your own facilities. Perhaps the wearing of the button is inappropriate. But then, so is the blind allegiance, of maintaing that everyone washes their hands, between every patient, is just as inappropriate.

    Grannynurse
  4. by   Barb2000
    This is incredibly insulting. The few people that might do this probably don't "forget", they just don't bother. So their answer to that patient is certainly not going to be "no, I didn't remember". WHO would admit to that. Then the pt will think, 'what else did they not remember.' Reminders can be posted for staff in other ways, like on the charts, the patients door, etc. It's not the patient's job to monitor if we are practicing basic healthcare skills. Funny things is, I recently read a study where health care professionals were watched on camera for handwashing, and DOCTORS were the worst offenders.
  5. by   jturner9108
    actually the saying for the button wearer is supposed to be.. either yes i have washed my hands or no i didnt let me do it now... and i agree with the earlier post about the button being another source for germs... do we have to clean it with clorox after we see each patient.
  6. by   BamaBound2bRN
    Quote from Barb2000
    etc. It's not the patient's job to monitor if we are practicing basic healthcare skills. .
    Actually, as a "Consumer of Healthcare Service" I believe it IS every patients "Job" and responsibility to monitor healthcare practices. I also believe that patients should ask their doctor questions about his/her experiences dealing with their particular illness/injury/condition.

    Would we as consumers tolerate a restaraunt where only 50% of the cooks washed their hands after using the bathroom? As "healthcare professionals"
    we should not "Have to be made to wear a stupid button", but the growing rate of In-House Infections demand that we try EVERYTHING from buttons to cameras to education.......oh yeah, that is what nursing school is for.
  7. by   jturner9108
    you know what i agree that we should ask our nurses and doctors questions, about anything we are uncomfortable with, i welcome any questions.. but i aslo know that i wash my hands constantly , thats why now alot of places have the hand sanitizer because i like many others nurses have washed their hands so much the skin has peeled of of them and they were burnnig. now they are just used to the abuse. Peole should observe before they just criticize , alot of the times if you watch people and observe you can see that they washed their hands .......... anyway i wore that button proudly ,even though i did complain to my nurse manager about it... i wore it and it wasent so bad....
  8. by   grannynurse FNP student
    Quote from Barb2000
    This is incredibly insulting. The few people that might do this probably don't "forget", they just don't bother. So their answer to that patient is certainly not going to be "no, I didn't remember". WHO would admit to that. Then the pt will think, 'what else did they not remember.' Reminders can be posted for staff in other ways, like on the charts, the patients door, etc. It's not the patient's job to monitor if we are practicing basic healthcare skills. Funny things is, I recently read a study where health care professionals were watched on camera for handwashing, and DOCTORS were the worst offenders.
    It may not be the patient's place to monitor their healthcare provider but if they do not, who will. I always watch everyone who takes care of me. And when I see a beak, I note it and watch them even more closely. It does take to long to figure out who cuts the rules and thinks they are not doing anything wrong. I am just as angry at the staff of a NYC hospital who gave a good friend an MRSA infection. Sorry, break techniqic and I will note it. Break it again and you will be reported. Break it a third time, don't take care of me or anyone I love.

    Grannynurse
  9. by   jturner9108
    i agree , i do not want anyone taking care of me who is incompetent or who is not concerned about cleanliness of their care....
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The few people that might do this probably don't "forget", they just don't bother.
    Exactly.
  11. by   RN30241
    Agree to wearing the button as long as you can also wear a button that says, "I'm here to save your butt, not kiss it." Seriously, is administration wearing the buttons, too?
  12. by   jturner9108
    no , i have not seen them wearing them...
  13. by   mmurphy
    I know..this is a great shame. Nurses do not unite enough. This should not be tolerated. It is degrading and insulting. Why not have the physicians and surgeons wear these. After 25 years of experience, I know that these are the individuals who need to actually be reminded to "wash their hands".

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