Quote from meanmaryjean
Agreed! It is on the same level as stopping in to check your child's temp, or your own BP.
Nah, it actually isn't because checking a lab level is something for which the employer can bill and, besides, is a test that is done on the order of a physician/qualified provider. The fact that it's not an invasive procedure is deceiving.
I'm of two minds about this. I remember the days when you could bring your kid into your place of work and have someone check their ears, or hey let's burn off some moles/skin tags/etc while it's not busy, or do ultrasounds on ourselves or undertake minor wound care/sutures, ask the doc for prescriptions for various things; every once in awhile someone would get a liter of fluid while not feeling well at work (that one was quite rare but you get my point). This sort of give-and-take relationship with the employer was nice while it lasted and IMO was beneficial to both parties, generally-speaking. It seemed like it was a time where there was generally more goodwill going both ways. We never did anything too outlandish by the standards of the time.
But things have very clearly changed, for better or worse. The legal climate has changed, the finances of healthcare have changed, the regulations under which our employers must operate have increased; everything has changed. Now my opinion is that, knowing how these activities are currently viewed by employers, we should step up and not expect special favors, nor use our employers' equipment and services in this way. My main reason for feeling this way is because in my utopia nurses would operate with the highest ethics and then have a leg to stand on in demanding better treatment.