Nurses Will Eat Anything - page 4

Have you ever heard or said that to a family member? whats the weirdest thing someone has brought for you or your staff to eat? I think the sickest thing was a patient brought some balout,... Read More

  1. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from StNeotser
    I'm sure some of you have also eaten a NAS, mechanical soft meal that was meant for a patient that was discharged and dietary didn't know about it. :chuckle
    Ah, yes........I've been that desperate a few times in my career! :uhoh21:
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from CEN35
    It was shift change one day, and we went ion the break room. There was a basket with bread, flower, chips, pretzels, fruit and some other stuff in it. the basket was wrapped neatly in clear like celefane. The note said it was to "_________" RN for such good care. He has not come in yet. We decided to leave it out in the open for him to see. It was 3:10pm at that time. We went out and took report from 1st shift. 1st shift then went back to the break room to get ready to leave for the day.
    I walked back to the break room/locker room at 3:25pm to get something oout of my locker. The basket was unwrapped, empty with nothing but open bags, and crumbes on the table. The entire first shift demolished the thing in less than 5 minutes flat!!!! The worst part of it was, the nurse it was meant for never even had a chance to see it!
    It's happened where I work too. I think that is disgusting.
  3. by   lindaloo51
    In the OR where I work, we will eat anything. The only thing that I remember that no one could eat was the day that one of the staff made brownies early in the morning. She didn't have oil and used solid shortening instead. She said that she could hear them "frying" in the oven. When they cooled, they would have made good building material. They didn't break even when you threw them on the floor. Even now more than 10 years later we laugh about the wad brownies.

    For one of the docs birthday, we provided a beautifully decorated styrofoam cake. Each time someone tried to cut it, someone else would repair the icing to be ready for the next victim.
  4. by   nursemike
    It has been my sad experience that nursing students will eat things nurses won't. Especially if it can be eaten in the car, on the way to or from class or clinicals. But we do have some standards, unlike doctors...

    A little off topic, but I had been working in healthcare a month when I heard we were bringing in food for the 4th of July. I baked a pineapple upside-down cake (from a mix) and have not been able to make a serious mistake in almost seven years since then.
    Something I plan to remember when I start as a nurse.
  5. by   Mommy2Katiebaby
    When I did home care I had a Pakistani lady who needed insulin every day. Her daughter would hand me a slightly oily paper bag full of food when I made my visits out there, and I never had a clue what it was, but it was always delicious. I learned not to try too hard to identify it, just to eat it, LOL. She could do things with rice (I think) and raisins (I hope) that were seriously yummy.

    Another patient's dad went hunting for sturgeon one year and gave me almost a pound of fresh Beluga caviar. At the time, that was like $600 worth of caviar, and I ate every scrap of it in a great big scary caviar orgy. Yum.
  6. by   mercyteapot
    Our office manager is from Korea and sometimes he brings some mighty unpleasant looking food. I'm usually afraid to ask what it is. Not my cup of tea, for sure.
  7. by   Mermaid4
    I have noticed throughout the years on WHATEVER unit I have worked on that the busier and crazier it is, the more then tendency is to snack on whatever is available, especially if lunch or dinner or any kind of break is out of the picture..My favorites, pizza, despite how old it might be ( I just hope for less than 24 hours) or cold (something I picked up in nursing school), or leftover birthday cake . I was always insulted (sort of) by the dropping off of whatever the big wigs wouldn't or didn't finish in their hoity toity meetings, doled out to those of us on the off shifts BUT I notice I have occasionally gone through it and eaten it due to starving on those wild and crazy nights. We had a patient send over lobster dinners for the nurses and even though I am a Cape Cod native, I hate lobster....But, it was a nice thought though..
  8. by   bobnurse
    One of our docs just brought some roasted chestnuts...mmmmmmmmm
  9. by   luvbug
    Oooooooh, I forgot all about this one: we had a patient bring us in--get ready for this one--Ostrich meat. Tasted somewhat like summer sausage, but spongier.
  10. by   Mermaid4
    Not that chestnuts are my thing (chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose), but they were considered delicacies at one time...
  11. by   misti_z
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    It's happened where I work too. I think that is disgusting.

    I usually bring a banana to work everyday for breakfast on the go. I have to put my name on it to keep it from being eaten by others. By the end of the day--yes it is still there, breakfast is mostly a figment of our imaginations--but the banana ends up looking like a bulliten bourd. Imagine all the comments that end up all over my banana.
  12. by   Rep
    Quote from bobnurse
    Have you ever heard or said that to a family member?

    whats the weirdest thing someone has brought for you or your staff to eat?

    I think the sickest thing was a patient brought some balout, the duck eggs........Well its sick to me anyways.......

    We had a patient overnight some white castle burgers one time.........
    "Balut" is delicious. It is a common food here in the Philippines.
  13. by   javanurse2000
    Ok fine, I'll admit it...I ate the pumpkin seeds. Shells and all. They were roasted so nicely (my co-charge nurse brought them in) and even though I have IBS and know better....a lot better...I ate them. And I was glad I ate them. And the 1/2 cup of cashew nuts that my favorite lead CNA brought in that night and I didn't want to insult her and it was the holidays.....and I was GLAD that I ate them....because it was the holidays. IBS is funny. Sometimes the diverticulitis that started the whole thing flares up. :uhoh21: I'm here to tell you though, those pumpkin seeds were tasty! I got the recipe because the shells were so crisp and really seemed to be edible at the time . Also, after 2 weeks of laxatives, pushing fluids, putting myself on a clear liquid diet....I love the holidays ....a time for sharing recipes and treats....