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Does it annoy you when you see employees with little to no direct patient care wearing much needed PPE

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Like an administrator wearing N95 mask. Not PPE but an UC had a new thing of sanitizing wipes to wipe off her desk. The unit doesn't have that anymore, I'm like where she get that?

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amoLucia

Specializes in retired LTC.

I think he'd be much more in a minority than as when you watch TV and see all those folk improperly wearing their masks.

To play Devil's Advocate, the Admin may personally have some auto-immune disease and is just trying to be cautious while on the job. You don't know.

But yes, it would be upsetting.

Sour Lemon

Has 11 years experience.

3 hours ago, DesiDani said:

Like an administrator wearing N95 mask. Not PPE but an UC had a new thing of sanitizing wipes to wipe off her desk. The unit doesn't have that anymore, I'm like where she get that?

Last time I worked, there were no masks for the nursing staff, but all the housekeepers had them on while they were mopping up the floors in the hallway. It was highly annoying.

Some people have been bringing their own supplies, but it's a pretty big coincidence when their own supplies are the exact kind the hospital had (before they ran out).

1 minute ago, Sour Lemon said:

Last time I worked, there were no masks for the nursing staff, but all the housekeepers had them on while they were mopping up the floors in the hallway. It was highly annoying.

Some people have been bringing their own supplies, but it's a pretty big coincidence when their own supplies are the exact kind the hospital had (before they ran out).

They are likely contracted from a different company, sort of like with lab. I guess they have their own supply. Still you would think that nursing management would strike up an agreement with them.

I go through the grocery store seeing all these people who don’t necessarily look like health care workers (who could have got them from work at some time), wearing some kind of mask when I can’t find any. Look online and all I see are ads for what appears to be ripoff material. Discouraging.

guineachick, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in PMHNP. Has 13 years experience.

It annoys me, but I'm not annoyed at the person wearing it. I'm annoyed at the administration of the hospital, that has kept supplies at the bare minimum for decades to increase their own profits. I'm annoyed that everyone working in the building doesn't have access to PPE. If you go onto a construction site, everyone is expected to wear a hardhat, regardless of your level of exposure to risk. It should be the same way in the hospital during this time, but that cuts into profit. I'm mad at the system for not protecting us, not the individual trying to protect themselves.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

I strongly agree with guineachick, BSN

I don't get angry for people trying to protect themselves -- I get angry at the people who are responsible for the lack of supplies available for front line caregivers -- both at the individual facility level and at the national, governmental level.

HiddenAngels

Has 7 years experience.

Well I don't want their PPE (yikes LOL). It doesn't annoy me when I see them wearing it, I'm thinking they're nervous and scared. I would rather them be conscience than lacksadaisical (sp?idc. I've been out of school for years)... For some reason because I'm in the thick of it I may think about it as an afterthought (them wearing it), but when I'm at work I'm just trying to get through it all... and don't get me started about the people in Walmart/Target/Supermarkets...

Alright I care, how do you spell lacksadaisical?..🤨

Schweet

Specializes in Tele RN on the West Coast. Has 11 years experience.

HiddenAngels: Alexa says it's lackadaisical. 😉

HiddenAngels

Has 7 years experience.

Thanks Alexa! HA!

toomuchbaloney

Has 43 years experience.

On 4/16/2020 at 11:37 PM, caliotter3 said:

I go through the grocery store seeing all these people who don’t necessarily look like health care workers (who could have got them from work at some time), wearing some kind of mask when I can’t find any. Look online and all I see are ads for what appears to be ripoff material. Discouraging.

We live remotely in Alaska. We have a large emergency medical stock that we have accessed because it contains masks, gloves, gowns and even booties and hair covers. As retired health professionals we each have a couple of N95 masks.

When I see people with actual PPE, I suspect that they may be similarly prepared for health emergencies. They certainly aren't the reason that hospitals and the government don't have PPE...that was caused by penny pinching and poor planning for anticipated events.

BSN-to-MSN, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in SCRN. Has 7 years experience.

No, it does not annoy me. They can walk around all covered in plastic.

People in the grocery stores that wear gloves and bandanas over their face annoy me.

Edited by RN-to- BSN