I'm supposed to wear an "Ask me if I washed my hands!" button?! - page 31

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   whoofers
    Although it seems that this topic has strayed a bit, I would like to bring it back.

    My last job required that I wear a giant round 'ask me if I washed my hands" button. It was so heavy that it brought down my scrub top to expose my bra. Patients would ask me why was I wearing the button, rather than if I washed my hands. I took the button off and told the manager to fire me after an dirty old man asked me if he could watch me wash my boobs.
  2. by   RN4MERCY
    Quote from aaronrnmedic
    Character assasination? On whom? Obama? Please. No, I'm not apologizing.

    You're right. We should push for politicans, or rather, public SERVANTS, to understand what is best for our pts. Somewhere along the line they forgot that they are supposed to serve us, not the other way around. I am not going to vote for someone, in this case Obama, who says he is for nurses because he has a socialist mindset. Its not worth it. We are on our way to a communist state......
    We agree on one issue, that some politicians don't have public service in mind once they're elected to represent our interests. What's your frame of reference for inferring that Senator Obama is a socialist? Because he believes in public benefit programs instead of corporate welfare? The link I supplied includes many of Obama's position statements. It demonstrates that his position is consistent with his statement during the last debate that access to healthcare should be a right, not a privilege for the wealthy only. He demonstrates an understanding and respect of the work nurses do on behalf of their patients, and barriers to their ability to provide good care.

    Aaron, the Columbia Encyclopedia defines 'communism' as: "a system of social organization in which property (especially real property and the means of production) is held in common." So, I don't understand what you meant when you threw the term communist into your post. I prefer to debate the merits of an idea or ideal, rather than tarnish the messengers by using inflammatory rhetoric.

    In this country we have a "socialized" single-payer system for seniors-MediCare. I believe we should expand it so that everyone receives care based on need. In a publicly accountable, not for profit health care system, we would reduce administrative waste, control costs, and as professionals, be able to regain control over the healthcare delivery system. It's about fair and equitable distribution of resources.

    Button campaigns? How about putting the money spent on those marketing and advertising gimmicks toward better staffing. Rather than blaming individuals we need to look at system problems. Nurses have been complicit in allowing models of care to change. We should work to regain control of the environment of care and be prepared to insure that it serves the exclusive interests of our patients.

    Hospitals engage in deliberate short staffing, speed up, through put, and fast tracking. Discharge/Admit bed turnaround time, room, and supply cleaning are placed under "hospitality services." Mixed medical/infected patients on wards with fresh post-ops? Patients with complex care needs discharged to the care of family and friends? It's no wonder that MDROs are spreading throughout the hospitals and into our community. When insurers delay or deny payments, it leads to cost cutting and corner cutting. We can't starve the public health system and the department of health services compliance/enforcement sector of funds and then call them failures.

    The system is broken; 'ask me if I've washed my hands' buttons won't fix it, no matter how well intentioned they may appear on the surface. I think those button campaigns are distractors to keep us divided and unable to focus on solving the real system problems.

    Since when is caring for one another socialism or communism? There are socialized public services that provide for the public's education and general welfare (public parks, police, fire, library, the VA, and MediCare systems); we all share responsibility and costs through our tax system and they are not maintained to make a profit. Public health and safety should be the supreme reason government exists. If it's o.k. for the government to bail out financial institutions, why can't we implement a socially responsible national health plan?

    We're all in this together.
  3. by   aaronrnmedic
    Quote from RN4MERCY
    We agree on one issue, that some politicians don't have public service in mind once they're elected to represent our interests. What's your frame of reference for inferring that Senator Obama is a socialist? Because he believes in public benefit programs instead of corporate welfare? The link I supplied includes many of Obama's position statements. It demonstrates that his position is consistent with his statement during the last debate that access to healthcare should be a right, not a privilege for the wealthy only. He demonstrates an understanding and respect of the work nurses do on behalf of their patients, and barriers to their ability to provide good care.

    Aaron, the Columbia Encyclopedia defines 'communism' as: "a system of social organization in which property (especially real property and the means of production) is held in common." So, I don't understand what you meant when you threw the term communist into your post. I prefer to debate the merits of an idea or ideal, rather than tarnish the messengers by using inflammatory rhetoric.

    In this country we have a "socialized" single-payer system for seniors-MediCare. I believe we should expand it so that everyone receives care based on need. In a publicly accountable, not for profit health care system, we would reduce administrative waste, control costs, and as professionals, be able to regain control over the healthcare delivery system. It's about fair and equitable distribution of resources.

    Button campaigns? How about putting the money spent on those marketing and advertising gimmicks toward better staffing. Rather than blaming individuals we need to look at system problems. Nurses have been complicit in allowing models of care to change. We should work to regain control of the environment of care and be prepared to insure that it serves the exclusive interests of our patients.

    Hospitals engage in deliberate short staffing, speed up, through put, and fast tracking. Discharge/Admit bed turnaround time, room, and supply cleaning are placed under "hospitality services." Mixed medical/infected patients on wards with fresh post-ops? Patients with complex care needs discharged to the care of family and friends? It's no wonder that MDROs are spreading throughout the hospitals and into our community. When insurers delay or deny payments, it leads to cost cutting and corner cutting. We can't starve the public health system and the department of health services compliance/enforcement sector of funds and then call them failures.

    The system is broken; 'ask me if I've washed my hands' buttons won't fix it, no matter how well intentioned they may appear on the surface. I think those button campaigns are distractors to keep us divided and unable to focus on solving the real system problems.

    Since when is caring for one another socialism or communism? There are socialized public services that provide for the public's education and general welfare (public parks, police, fire, library, the VA, and MediCare systems); we all share responsibility and costs through our tax system and they are not maintained to make a profit. Public health and safety should be the supreme reason government exists. If it's o.k. for the government to bail out financial institutions, why can't we implement a socially responsible national health plan?

    We're all in this together.

    Yes, we are in this together. And as long as we are all striving the the good of all it is healthy. However he does have a socialist mindset. If that sounds extreme, I'll call it "socialism-light." But I fear it could open up the doors for more extreme measures at a later time. We do not need a nanny state. We need a system where these funds that are used for, say, medicare, cannot be touched by those in Washington. If they can touch it, they will spend it and untimately waste it.

    Socialism-Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/socialism

    He publically admitted this. In fact, I just heard it in his own words on the radio early this morning. He said he wanted to redistribute the wealth of the better off and give it to the poor. This sounds good up front. In fact, this is what I believe each of us should do on our own for the good of our fellow man. However, this has been tried before in other parts of the world and it just doesn't work (especially when you let a corrupt goverment run it). Robin Hood was never one of my favorite stories a kid.
  4. by   sirI
    Please, let's stay on topic: "Ask me if I washed my hands!" button?!"

    Any discussion regarding the presidential candidates is to be done in the Election 2008 forum.

    Thank you.
  5. by   Overland1
    Quote from Marie_LPN, RN
    This would be about the same as "Ask me if i pick my nose" button to me.


    I need one of those buttons! There could be some even less polite versions of that, but I will spare the good people here from that.

    Unfortunately, such buttons telling patients and families to ask if we washed our hands have become a staple of the "marketing gone over the line" approach of some hospitals. Hospitals are a business, and need patients (and their money) in order that they stay in business. As a result, some have embraced marketing campaigns that are a bit too much (and annoying); if I hear " Because We Care" one more time, I will puke.

    Am I in favor of a hospital increasing its market share? You bet, but that should be done by improving quality of care and services offered, not by putting the same old stuff in a new wrapper.
  6. by   hotmama2be
    I think that whole situation with the button is so demeaning to nursing and the healthcare profession. Corporate suit and tie people are so caught up in how can we make ourselves look better and get more money for our paychecks .The better how our hospital looks the bigger the paycheck!!!
  7. by   Iam46yearsold
    I love wearing buttons

    I even look for new buttons when I go out malling
  8. by   twistednut
    this is insulting. we know our duties and practice our profession well which includes handwashing, a basic nursing procedure. Handwashing aims to decrease the spread of microorganisms. We do this not only for our patients but also for our own protection. I wouldn't forget to do these for my own good as well. Those who have thought of this idea should be the first to wear it! :angryfire
  9. by   RedWeasel
    we have to now wear badges that say in big letters...ASK US...and in the bathroom there are a list of questions to start with.....yes we should add to those questions....how many times have I missed lunch this month, how many times during said lunch have I had to leave it because they make us wear the things that are like walkie talkies and they can call you at any time....had a conversation in the br today to be exact....and yes I washed my hands.....can we ask pts where they have had their hands and if they have washed theirs? no we can't.
  10. by   crb613
    I might wear one that says....ask me are you short staffed today?
    did you get to take a lunch break in order to have the stamina to care for me?
    how long has it been since a bathroom break?
    do you have the supplies you need to perform your job?
    how many people are you providing care for in addition to me?
  11. by   garner
    I came to work one night and noticed all our rooms had new signs up for the patients Its ok to remind your healthcare worker to wash their hands!!

    Secretely I am the nurse that has been taking them down and trashing them!

    I wash my hands

    We need signs to remind and educate patients to wash THEIR hands perhaps after they change baby diaper or grandmas diaper or have their own bm!!
  12. by   Princess_M83
    How about a sign for Physicians to remind them to wear gowns and gloves in isolation rooms.
    YUCK. I've seen them go into an isolation room, touch the patient and come back to chart. Ewwww I am most definitly going to bleach wipe everything he touched!
  13. by   queenjean
    We have the EXACT same signs and buttons up. I talked to our clinical nurse specialist and told her I would NOT wear the button, and if I was forced to, I was going to change it to say "Ask me if I wiped my a$$" because it's the same concept and it is just as insulting.

    I do not work in a movie theater or a restaurant. I do not wear "flair".

    How can anyone think these are helpful? Do they think nurses are really going to wear these and think they are a good idea?

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