Well.. I guess I am going to be canned - page 5

by Phoenix2541

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Hi all I am a new nurse 4 mos off orientation working on a med/surge nuero floor 6 patient ratio. Its a brutal floor and yet.. I manage to survive albeit exhausted and oft times just disillusioned with the Candy Land notion of... Read More


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    So sorry this happened. Hugs to you. Lesson learned. Dust off your butt and move on.
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    I'm sorry you got canned. Had this been an isolated incident, I would think firing you an overreaction, but it sounds like this was your 3rd strike, so to be honest, I'm not too surprised. I am sorry though, and hope you bounce back soon.
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    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!

    Totally off topic, but you brought it up. Ever seen the pictures of the vagina and groin area of the woman who spilled McDonald's coffee on herself? The coffee was Not. Drinkable. Caused third degree burns. Totally negligent to heat coffee to that temperature (to save a buck, mind you) and serve it through a drive thru window. It's not a matter of "coffee's hot." I encourage people who know nothing about that lawsuit to do some research on it if you're going to use it in your daily life as a debate point. Maybe watch the documentary "Hot Coffee" available on Netflix. The pictures are less than 30 minutes into the movie.
    I have never seen the pictures. I am aware of the detail that the coffee bordered on molten lava. The serving temperature was under McDonald's control and was indeed too hot.

    It also comes down to prudence on the customer's part as well. I assume that coffee is hot. I don't put the cup of hot coffee in my crotch. I put it in a cup holder. I also don't try to drink it while driving. There was certainly some ill-advised action on the customer's part.

    I know people who now don't order hot coffee at McDonald's because they find it too cool for their tastes. I prefer iced coffee drinks, so this particular issue never affected my coffee consumption. :-D

    It's not a debate point. I think both parties were responsible for their contributions to what ultimately led to the customer's injury. I think the prudent thing to do would have been to cover medical expenses with no punitive awards.

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    Quote from dansamy
    It also comes down to prudence on the customer's part as well. I assume that coffee is hot.
    Yes, we are in the OTZ (Off Topic Zone).

    I assume hot coffee is hot, but I certainly don't assume it's hot enough to cause third degree burns if I spill it on myself.
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    Quote from ~*Stargazer*~

    Yes, we are in the OTZ (Off Topic Zone).

    I assume hot coffee is hot, but I certainly don't assume it's hot enough to cause third degree burns if I spill it on myself.
    I assume that it's at least hot enough to cause second degree burns.

    My husband does this ridiculous floating thing to keep from spilling his coffee because he DOES like molten lava coffee. He's only spilled coffee maybe once or twice.

    And yeah, we're way off topic. The court ultimately decided that suit was meritorious & awarded damages.

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    World of difference between second and third degree burns, especially on the genitalia.
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    True.

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    New plan: Get myself admitted to the hospital and then trick the housekeeper to put a piece of tape on me. Hello Easy Street $$$.
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    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    Totally off topic, but you brought it up. Ever seen the pictures of the vagina and groin area of the woman who spilled McDonald's coffee on herself? The coffee was Not. Drinkable. Caused third degree burns. Totally negligent to heat coffee to that temperature (to save a buck, mind you) and serve it through a drive thru window. It's not a matter of "coffee's hot." I encourage people who know nothing about that lawsuit to do some research on it if you're going to use it in your daily life as a debate point. Maybe watch the documentary "Hot Coffee" available on Netflix. The pictures are less than 30 minutes into the movie.
    I get tired of people using the "McDonalds Coffee Incident" as an example of litigous stupidity.

    That coffee was WAY too hot, the plantiff was very seriously burnt. She would have had a serious burn simply from taking a sip. The damages she was awarded were deserved.

    There are so many more truly absurd cases out there. Its tiresome that this case is trotted out so often.
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    Quote from Phoenix2541
    No it wasn't smart. There is no "law suit pending" My manager simply stated she "could" bring one, like anybody "can" bring a suit about anything. Tks for the empathy.
    Yes, but the patient could bring a lawsuit over the fact a male staff member was alone in her room with her cleaning it. And that certainly had nothing to do with you. However, lets focus on the tape thing, so that the alone with the psych girl get pushed aside.

    SIGH.

    You can only learn and go from here. But the entire thing stinks.


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