I am almost a year old nurse. I wanted to get more involved with the committees and groups at the hospital. Frankly I don't like my job and was hoping that becoming more involved would help me feel better...like I was having some say in what was occurring. I recently got asked if I wanted to be apart of the infection control committee. This is not something I have a huge intrest in but I thought it was at least a start. I went and met with the head of Infection Control who instructed me on how to use these grids to "catch" if my coworkers were foaming in/out or not or if they were using gloves for patient interaction (apparently that is the standard at my hospital...I didn't know that though). So basically I'm suppose to go to different floors on my own time while I'm working and do 10 observations as to if people are using infection control techniques. If I see someone who is not I have to wright their name down and turn it in to the Infection Control coodinator so that she can give it to the floor manager of the person I caught. Apparently verbal correction is taken and if more instances are caught correction increases.
I have now had 5 days to think about this and I feel a bit weird about it really. First, apparently this "committee" does not really have meetings. We don't get together once a month or something to discuss policy, see how it can be improved, or how we can teach our coworker's on the floor how to improve their bedside skills to incoporate better infection control techniques. This is what I thought committees did, but I must be mistaken. Second, I feel like they are asking me to be a snitch and I'm uncomfortable with that. I believe that infection control is important. I don't think it is necessairly a bad thing for me to go and see if people are following procedure, but I'm not so sure it is my place to be taking down peoples names to get them in trouble. As a nearly year old nurse I'm just starting to be "one of the team" on the floor and really feel weird about becoming a spy. If it was something like I catch people and remind them to do it then go on about my business I would probably be alright with that. I guess I feel like what they are asking me to do is out of my authority and more of a manager's thing to do.
Am I wrong about this? Has anyone else been asked to do this sort of thing without any extra authority being given to them? Plus what about this whole doing it on "my own time"?