med carts/control freaks - page 4
I know this is going to sound ridiculous but I could use a little feed back from you all.....I'm a full time day shift float in LTC-prior to starting the med pass I load up the med cart they way I... Read More
Oct 17, '06Try Mr. Clean magic erasers, just discovered them, and they clean the med cart grime completely off! Then you can sanitize it.
Oct 17, '06Whats the big deal. Its called prep time. If people would be on time to work, make sure their OWN supplies are in place and arranged the way THEY want before they take off on their med pass there shouldnt be a problem. Who says the med cart has a name on it, it doesnt BELONG to any one nurse. People need to learn to accomodate. Surely if that is the only thing they can find to complain about in your facility you have one mighty fine place there and dont ever leave.
Oct 17, '06I follow one gal who just pushes the cart in and leaves it!:uhoh21: Restocks nothing!
In the AM, tho, I leave the cart stocked as full and neatly as I can get it - and the one gal will try her best to shove even more spoons into an already overloaded space. LOL
I would tell them to untwist their panties - you're there for the patients.
Oct 17, '06Quote from meownsmileAbsolutely!! This is my personal pi$$ off!! We have this thing on our time clock that won't dock them until 7 minutes after!!Whats the big deal. Its called prep time. If people would be on time to work, make sure their OWN supplies are in place and arranged the way THEY want before they take off on their med pass there shouldnt be a problem. Who says the med cart has a name on it, it doesnt BELONG to any one nurse. People need to learn to accomodate. Surely if that is the only thing they can find to complain about in your facility you have one mighty fine place there and dont ever leave.
Many of them, including the day RN, think this means that they don't have to be at work until 7 after! I even asked the DON about it once, and she said, no, that was just in case you were running a little late once in awhile, etc. and that the shift starts on the hour.
All of the day aides come in at 7 minutes after - but the DON never gets there until 8:30 or 9, so she doesn't see these things.
I figure I'm paid to work from X to X, so I need to have my stuff put away, and myself organized BEFORE then - but I guess I'm just anal.
Oct 17, '06I used to work in LTC. Some people are on a power trip, and the cart seems to be the battleground. "Do it my way or else". It's funny that these control freaks won't clean or restock. That's beneath their dignity. I made a valiant attempt at rearranging for the cart in the way each particular nurse following me desired. I soon got sick of that, because I could never achieve perfection. One watching me clean the cart top with soap and water, pushed her way in front of me and rewashed the cart. Apparently, I couldn't even wash it correctly to her standards. That's when I stopped being concerned about it anymore. I arranged it to my liking, and left it that way. If they said anything after that, I would say, "Well, then rearrange it to your liking when I leave." The wars calmed down after I stood my ground.
Then the unthinkable happened, we were all laid off, in an attempt to downsize and downscale the pay level. I left the facility before most, and now that some of these people are finding work here, they are simply wimpering to get my attention and good graces. Weird turn, should I now turn on a power trip in return. It's tempting.
Oct 17, '06OK. Bash me if you must. I was taught that restocking/cleaning med carts is part of the med pass. It irritates me to come onto shift and have 2 water cups, a few souffle cups, no pill crusher, etc. I also get irritated if I go to pop a med, and the card/bottle is empty. Hello! Did you not realise they needed more? And loose caps on liquids! And drips on liquids! Supplement spilled on top of cart and not cleaned up! Full garbage! Refills not in the order the routines are in! Pulling card 2/2 when 1/2 is still in the refills! Not pulling a reorder sticker on time, etc., etc., etc. Yes, I am anal about my med carts. Most of the other nurses are good about these things. Most.
Oct 18, '06My new pet peeve...people pouring lactulose or any syrupy med over the computer keyboard! When you go to type in your code to log on it looks like this...BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB because the keys stick! I can't stand it!!! Why can't they pour away from the keyboard??? A lot of times we need a whole new keyboard. When we get one, the same thing happens not too far down the road! I placed a sign, "Please do not pour over the keyboard." t.y. But to no avail...:smackingf I give up.