too hot in the home - page 3
I am a new LPN working full time nights in a home where none of the windows open. There is no fresh air in the home. The patient is a pediatric client with CP. The bedroom is very hot and stuffy.... Read More
Aug 27, '13 by Adele_Michal7Quote from tothepointeLVNYour not a "guest" you are an employee ( not of the family ) that is working on behalf of the family. I think lines get seriously blurred. You are still entitled to a comfortable work environment free of hazards.
I don't think we should be encouraging each other to lower the standards for how private duty nurses are treated. Last time I checked I was a college education, licensed professional not a serif.Quote from ventmommyVent mommy just want to say I love all your posts.I am here, tothepointeLVN! I have been watching this thread to see the nursing perspective on family rights vs. workplace conditions.
Yes, people can tolerate different things. I don't like sleeping in temps above 69F. I don't like existing in temps above 72F. Is my son's room warmer than the rest of the house? Absolutely! There is a ventilator, an air-filled pressure relieving mattress that is electric, an oxygen compressor that puts out a ton of heat, a water-filled electric-powered heating pad and about a dozen more things that use electricity for him. Not to mention the things that my hubby and I plug in like laptops. And also, we and our nurses like to see, so there is always a light on. Is the room uncomfortably warm? Absolutely not. There is a thermometer in his room. He does not have good self-regulation of his body temperature so we, and our nurses, are very careful.
The house that the OP works in sounds WAAAAAAAY too hot for anyone. I don't see why a nurse would not be allowed to inquire about cooling measures. Most DSS agencies have some sort of cooling program in the summer where someone can get a free window A/C. And many electric companies have special programs for low income people and for medically fragile people.
To the nurses that allow themselves to be abused, don't! It's just wrong. I hate hearing about some of the other cases our nurses are on. We have nurses that must sit in the dark, or on the floor, or can't use the bathroom. We have one nurse that is PHYSICALLY abused by the patient and the parents do nothing to discipline the child and the nurse takes the abuse.
If the house is so hot or so cold as to have the potential to cause an environmental emergency, speak up. Maybe the parents don't know that there are financial resources out there. Maybe they are scared or embarrassed to ask for help. Your voice might be the only one that speaks up for that child.
I agree, enough of this "we're a guest in the home." Guests don't get paid and guests don't keep your precious fragile babies alive. Don't get me wrong. I appreciate every thing parents do that's nice and kind. But this whole guest thing is ludicrous.
Quote from RodoonWell. I was conversing with my patient's mom, swapping stories. She said one of her regular nurses had left a case for this very reason. The nurse inquired as to the location of the restroom.Ventmommy,
Seriously, they can't use the bathroom? I never worked home health and I salute all of you that do.
The parents said, "oh, we're sorry, there is no public restroom."
So the nurse asked "What do I do, hold it for 8 hours?"
The family stated to hold it, or go right before work and not drink water. Then they graciously offered, with a straight face, to provide adult diapers as an alternative option to holding it.
She called the agency and the director thought the adult diapers was a great idea.
She ran out the door never to return.