Gag Me, The Hospital's Food's Rank ! ! ! - page 2
ever feel terrible for the quality of food served at your establishment for the patients... flying saucer pancakes that could be used as weapons by ninjas? gross gravy sludge that stinks up... Read More
Jan 17, '07Occupation: Pediatric RN, ICU coordinator Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in PICU, surgical post-op ; From: CA ; Joined: Dec '06; Posts: 424; Likes: 187Quote from porcelina22yup, we have this too. "Room service dining" I must say, it works out well. The food service people will even call up to every room that's listed for room service if it's getting late and they haven't ordered. That way the patient can't say "But no one told me to order!"Our patients, if they are coherant, call down and order their own food from menus that we give them.
Jan 17, '07Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 219; Likes: 16Quote from telerner[font=book antiqua]ever feel terrible for the quality of food served at your establishment for the patients...
[font=book antiqua]flying saucer pancakes that could be used as weapons by ninjas?
[font=book antiqua]gross gravy sludge that stinks up the halls during the noon hour?
[font=book antiqua]veggies cooked till all signs of life are absent?
[font=book antiqua]clients spend big $$$ for a hospital bed and end up sending someone out for taco bell !!!
Jan 17, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: * Cardiology * Oncology * Medsurge RN ; Joined: Dec '06; Posts: 1,220; Likes: 855Quote from marilynmomAlls I can say is this is no inner city war zone hospital you write about! lolWe have freakin GREAT food at our hospital! We have a BBQ line (ribs, brisket, etc.), a salad bar, just anything you would want and it is really yummy. I eat down in the cafeteria (with the huge plasma flat screen to watch tv) every time I work.
PS. maybe more like that posh hospital in Texas another recent thread discussed...fluff pillows, and say the line "and is there anything else I could help you with, cause time is not a factor & I've got plenty of time to help you!"Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Jan 17, '07
Jan 17, '07Joined: Dec '06; Posts: 50; Likes: 4The quality of food must depend on where you go, and how sick you are to care. I now live in the vicinity of a hospital with "magnet status" and after a surgery six months ago and a 2 day stay, the food is quite delicious. Always a bonus not to go hungry while recovering. Family members who visited said when they went to the cafeteria (since I would not share my meals) the food was good downstairs too.
Several hundred miles away after a spinal injury 6+ years ago on the other hand, I felt too miserable to care about the food, but did get addicted to butterscotch pudding. For some odd reason, it was the only food that sat well with me for a about a month. Now that I think of it, I don't even remember what was served meal-wise there.
A friend who had a lumbar fusion at a specialty hospital last year also had delicious meals - that facility has a full time chef. There was no need to feed him from the outside world.
The food "horror story":
Another friend who had placenta previa and was flown into a different facility 30+ miles away about two years ago; the food they served her smelled bad, looked the same, and I was the one bringing the outside food so that she wouldn't starve. On the plus, though it was a tough pregnancy, her son is doing quite well. But to this day we still talk about how
rancid looking and smelling the food was. Chances are, a hungry dog wouldn't have touched it!Last edit by SK-222 on Jan 17, '07 : Reason: added more thoughts on to my post...
Jan 17, '07Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 41,761; Likes: 48,081Our hospital cafeteria is actually quite good. A very nice salad bar. They make a killer sandwich (fried hamburger, fried onions, swiss cheese on toasted sourdough).
The "special meal" for new moms and dads is also very good. Nicely displayed too and a flower arrangement and a small gift.
I think the women who work in our cafeteria are awesome.
Jan 17, '07Occupation: Happily in Nursing Education! Specialty: 13 year(s) of experience in Education, Acute, Med/Surg, Tele, etc ; From: US ; Joined: Oct '04; Posts: 2,757; Likes: 415My hospitals food is pretty darn good now! So normally I don't have a probelm!
But lately...we have been doing this carb count for diabetics and it is driving them and us nuts! What it is is when dietary delievers the food, it has a slip with the carbs for each serving and what it is...we are to estimate amount eaten and find out the carbs. Then you divide it by 15...that number is the amount of units of novolog insulin to give...pain in the arse!
SOOOOOOO...now our patients, who were allowed to get food outside of the hospital are on a strict hospital diet and can't eat food from outside! So they sneek it in and hide it...so much for the carb count being accurate (one of five reasons us nurses have said this carb count stuff WON'T work!!!).
I feel bad that they can't get foods from outside...we have a very large menu of items..but still, not to many ethnic foods for people to choose.
But then again...we aren't a restaurant huh? This would really bite if the food SUCKS!!!!!!!! (our dietary team has worked so hard...got actual professional chefs, and wow...yesterday we had and option of cedar plank salmon! And a seafood chowder that put me in heaven!!!!!).
Jan 17, '07Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 211; Likes: 10I wouldnt touch it or eat most of the food in the cafeteria even if i forgot my own lunch (which i bring everry day). I barely breath when I take off tray lids or help patients eat... And I try not to look at the food either. Its that bad.
My old hospital, I wouldnt bring alunch because the food was so good. I was an aid at the time and only worked 16hrs a week, and still spent the money!
Also stayed in a hospital in San Diego where they gave you a menu with LOTS of selctions. You called it in, and the food was delicious. I ordered extra for my boyfriend.
Jan 17, '07Occupation: HomeHealth Case Manager Specialty: 4.5 years Med/Surg, currently HomeHealth ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 1,043; Likes: 712Our food sucks too. The patients' food is pretty good, but the food they serve the staff is just nasty. Everyday its the exact same thing for breakfast, EVERYDAY and I cant eat it. I got sick on it several times and refuse to eat it now.
Jan 17, '07Occupation: HIV Cooridnator Specialty: 26 year(s) of experience in HIV Coordinator/Disease Intervention Spe ; From: US ; Joined: Dec '03; Posts: 28; Likes: 6You should try some of the prison food we get sometimes. LOL
Jan 17, '07Specialty: all things maternity ; Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 359; Likes: 146I work night shift so I always take my lunch as the cafeteria is never open for us. When I worked days, they had some awesome food like tenderloins, chicken dinners, taco salads, etc. But I still took my lunches most days...what with not being able to eat lunch til very late and the cafeteria closing early.
Jan 17, '07Occupation: cardiology R.N. Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in cardiac med-surg ; From: CA ; Joined: May '03; Posts: 8,489; Likes: 147i call it industrial coffee and industrial toast
i tell the pts they need industrial dentures
my pts are 70,80, 90 years old
god bless them
Jan 25, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: * Cardiology * Oncology * Medsurge RN ; Joined: Dec '06; Posts: 1,220; Likes: 855I use my Grand Father's favorite phrase...or something I could hear him telling a pt faced with an overcooked salty sludge tray:
"God MAN! Eat for STRENGH and get the hell out of this Hospital!"Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Jan 25, '07
Jan 26, '07Occupation: Emergency Room Specialty: 18 year(s) of experience in ICU, CCU, ER, PACU ; From: US ; Joined: Dec '06; Posts: 60; Likes: 33Well at least you guys have a caf.. the hosp im at has one and has never been open to the public or staff, i wouldnt eat most food that comes out of it anyway. i laugh at the different diets they add or take off an item, same meal for most all..