I'm sorry. I really, really need to vent. I work for a pediatric private duty nursing agency, and I'm an RN. This is what I wish I could say to my new patient's mom: Why the heck would you ask your child's new night nurse to do her laundry?! When the hell did they put laundry questions on the NCLEX? Oh, yeah, they DIDN'T because NURSES AREN'T MAIDS! I'm not your kid's nanny, I'm a healthcare PROFESSIONAL - just like a physician. You wouldn't ask your pediatrician to do your kid's laundry, so you better not ask the nurse to do it, either! It's not 1950, anymore, Sparky!
Of course, I didn't say that. To be nice, I folded the kid's clothes tonight, but then I sent off an email to the clinical director at the agency complaining profusely about this insulting request. I mean, seriously! Where do people get the brass testicles to ask a nurse to do a maid's job?
Why do people automatically assume when they get private duty nursing covered by the state or their insurance that whoever is paying for it also thinks it's cool to provide you with housekeeping services? Isn't that insurance fraud? THe state doesn't want to pay for someone to do your kid's laundry. You can't ask me to do that! Not only is it DEGRADING to ask a healthcare professional to do laundry, it must be abuse of services. I hope to God above that no one at my agency told this woman that nurses do chores, because I will go all the way to the top of national corporate management if someone did. This better be an unfortunate misunderstanding on my patient's mom's part as to what nurses do and DO NOT do.
Has anyone else had to deal with this? I had one other patient's mom ask me if that was something we do, and she totally apologized for asking when I politely told her no. This new patient's mom guided me to the laundry room to make sure I understood how the machines work because she is assuming it's totally in my job description to do laundry. She didn't even ask, she just started out with "when you do her laundry..." Excuse me?! I clean the kid and his or her medical equipment. Nothing else! I'm not a home health aide (whose job it would possibly be). It's just not *my* job to do household chores!
OK, vent over. I feel a little better. Thanks for letting me vent.
I'm an LVN not an RN ..but I thought of replying to your thread....I couldn't agree more!
Here in Idaho, however, we do their laundry or dishes because it is an item that belongs to the pt. and needs tending to(per my manager). I have complained but to no avail. They said it is my responsibility- especially if the client's clothing is saturated with body fluids. I too have worked with home health peds --and in my most recent case..the mom put me to the laundry task immediately. I was offended as well, but realized that my pt wasn't able to do it and the mom wouldn't...so ergo..it seems to have fallen to me? I was very appalled. ..but i did it anyway...the kid(16yo) had no support of any kind really.(so I felt it would help her self esteem to have clean clothes for school and smell like fresh laundry instead of urine) I only did HER laundry and no other family members laundry.
However, after that..the mom directed me to cleaning out her closet! I said "no, sorry, but I have charting and other things to do. I was able to redirect that instance but otherwise we do have to do their laundry and dishes here in Idaho anyway. I am curious how it turns out for you.
I do not agree with us being maids as well as health care professionals at all!
Last edit by lulu67 on May 17, '11