Our environmental services department just notified our floor that we will be responsible for shredding our own paper!! Sure, I will work that right in between my other important nursing duties such as checking the oxygen tanks, checking stock drugs for expiration dates, checking the fridge for the correct temp, etc. etc. Who knows, one of these days I may be able to get around to doing actual patient care! There would be an interesting concept! Oh, I forgot to mention in my high priority nursing duties about all the double charting I do because everything has to be charted at least twice!! I tell you, I really don't know what gets in these guys heads sometimes. Sure, lets go pay an RN $16.00 and hour to shred paper when some John Doe off the street could do it for $6.00 an hour. That is a great use of hospital resources!! I think somebody needs a brain transplant!!! Just had to VENT about this subject. Now I feel much better!! Thanks.
Sep 13, '01
Incinerators are not an environmentally good idea--I think most are banned in CA. All offices and nurses' stations have a shredder, and we use it. The RNs don't usually do it, ancillary personnel does, but if that's not an option, can you just save all the documents to be shredded, and do them all at once?
If you can see this as a serious pt confidentiality issue instead of just another "dump", it might help.
Management DOES have to spring for a BUNCH of shredders--you shouldn't have to be walking all over the place just to shred a piece of paper.
Last edit by prmenrs on Sep 13, '01