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Conservation of Resources not Lives

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Specializes in ICU. Has 23 years experience.

I work in a south Florida hospital and like many others my access to PPE is limited. Administration has created policy/guidelines to limit the number of people requiring PPE by limiting access to high risk areas ie designated COVID units etc.

Environmental, nutrition, IT, and even MD's are requesting, at administration's direction and support, that nursing enter into patient rooms to perform their duties such as mop floors, hold devices for zoom interviews and evaluations.

I have always felt that nurses are generally not well respected by non-nurse administrators. Now to see that it is encouraged to risk a nurses life with additional non-nursing related visits into room to with the thought process "conserve PPE" makes me feel that we are not part of the team, only a tool.