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Don't you hate......

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by PHTLS PHTLS (Member)

...taking the narc keys home and having to drive back to your hospital an hour later because you left it in your scrub's pocket!

I hate that!

:angryfire

...taking the narc keys home and having to drive back to your hospital an hour later because you left it in your scrub's pocket!

I hate that!

:angryfire

hey.....you could've taken the narcs home and left the keys. :chuckle

I did that once years ago, and now my habit is to clean out my pockets before I leave work every night. I was soooo tired that time, all I wanted to do was fall in the bed. I lived a pretty long way from work, and it was a beating having to drive ALL THE WAY BACK, AGAIN!

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

Yep. Did that once. Also took them home once, went to bed and came back the next night to find out they had to reinstall a new lock as they "lost the keys". Opps....

It has happened to me a couple of times and usually happens to someone at least once or twice a month. Fortunately I live less than a mile from work. Two weeks ago I got home with the keys after getting a ride from a CNA I work with and had no way to get back to work until my son came home from work in his "crummy" which is a filthy dilapidated pickup used out in the woods.

steph

Oooh, I hate that. One time, I got home at 1am after working 3-11, kicked off my shoes, got in the lazy boy with the feet up, turned on the TV, reached in my pocket and there they were!! Had to get all bundled up and go back out (in the winter of course) and take them in. Grr... :crying2:

Dixielee, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 38 years experience.

I did that one time when I lived 44 miles from the hospital. What is scariest is going home and finding a 1/2 used vial or Morphine in your pocket! Occasionally, there is only one nurse left to "close" the non acute side of the ER while everyone else goes to the main side. So there is no one to witness you wasting a med. I will label with the patient name sticker and then discard when I get a chance. I didn't realise I still had morphine till I got home. I couldn't wait to get back to have someone watch me waste it! Now I have a plastic "makeup" case from Wal mart that I empty everything into before I leave the building. All those alcohol swabs, pens, scissors, tape, #18 needles and angiocaths go either back to the med room or into my bag. That has saved me a lot of hassle, and keeps me from accumulating 500 alcohol swabs at home!

With the Pyxis you don't have so many problems but occasionally someone does take off with the PCA keys. Personally I've never gotten further than the elevator without discovering them. Good reason to empty your pockets before you leave the building! Also I have found a syringe of Ativan or something in my pockets, usually just hold it and waste it the next morning. I work 12s and no way am I going back in at 1945 when I have to be back at work for 0700!

I have never used Pyxis system and am anxious to try it on my new job.

Ari RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU, Peds Ambulatory, Peds LTC. Has 7 years experience.

Yep. Did that once. Also took them home once, went to bed and came back the next night to find out they had to reinstall a new lock as they "lost the keys". Opps....

Hey Tweety did you confess taking the keys or did you keep that to yourself? :chuckle

I did the same thing about 2 months ago. It was the first time I have ever done that. But I work 3-11 and I drive about 40 minutes one way to work. Well I got all the way home and emptied my pockets like I always do and guess what there they was. It wasn't fun. I called work and the nurse didn't need them until 6 in the morning but I am sleeping at that time so I figured do it now while I am wake. :chuckle

So many nurses did it where I work, they had to attach a big plastic bone to the key, now it hardly fits in the pyxis drawer, but at least no one takes it home anymore! :chuckle

When I was a CNA and worked the Sheltered Care side of the LTC,they put the key on a big acrylic rectangle so that you wouldn't take it home, but guess who did it a couple of times.

NotReady4PrimeTime, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PCVICU and peds oncology. Has 25 years experience.

We don't have a narc key, all our narcs are in Pyxis. But we do have a key for the fridge containing our pharmacy-prepared concentrated electrolytes that resides in a drawer in the Pyxis. I'm waiting for the day that someone locks the key in the fridge! That'll be worth a laugh. I've found the fridge left unlocked a few times... ooh look out, potassium on the loose!

I have been known (rather frequently of late, I'll confess) to leave my stethoscope, my line level, my calculator and my warm up jacket - any permutation of them - in my patient's room. I usually discover my forgetfulness when I'm halfway home, and there's no way in h-e-double toothpicks I'm going back for them. Someone always puts my "valuables" in my mailbox and hangs my warm up on a chair in the staff room.

...taking the narc keys home and having to drive back to your hospital an hour later because you left it in your scrub's pocket!

I hate that!

:angryfire

Oooooh yeah. BTDT. And after working a night shift from hades, too.

Naturally, I'd been at a hospital that used PYXIS for the past 3 years, so I wasn't in the "narc key frame of mind" and went home with them. Aaaaaarrrrrggggggghhhh!!! I promptly grumbled to management and asked them when they were getting off their duffs and getting us PYXIS!!! Grrrrr.

boulergirl, CNA

Has 5 years experience.

I vaguely remember either I or someone else taking the med keys home a few years ago. Mgmt. had to break into the med room and nearly had to replace the med cart lock--the keys came back just in time.

The pager has gone home with me a few times. It's so easy to forget it when it's hooked on my waist, until I'm driving home and I hear "beep beep beep...beep beep beep..." :uhoh21: Since we have two pagers, I just bring it back next time I come to work. No way am I wasting gas just to return a pager.

A new CNA on night shift took a page of the shift report with her--on purpose. We couldn't find the book, so we thought she'd taken it home (I think this was a HIPAA violation???). Anyway, we found it hidden in the marketing director's office behind some stuff. Don't think she'll be doing that again...mgmt was PO'd.

We had a manager who actually called the police to go to an employee's home to retrieve the narc keys. Count was off -- set of keys gone, couldn't reach the nurse enroute home -- so she was met in the driveway of her home by a squad car and 2 uniformed officers who drove her back to the hospital, waited while the count was rectified and then took her home. NO ONE took keys home with them again for a VERY, VERY long time!!

Jamesdotter

Specializes in Women's health & post-partum. Has 38 years experience.

I was about 7 months pregnant and ran out of gas on the way back to the hospital (dh was trying to find out how much the gas gauge was off and hadn't filled up :rolleyes: ). So there I was, on foot. At midnight :angryfire .

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