I'm a nurse. Not a housekeeper!

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Specializes in PDN; Burn; Phone triage. Has 8 years experience.

Bump.

I've been doing PDN since June and had my first obligated housekeeper duties.

Actually, REALLY nice family. I was doing a twelve hour overnight. Mom's like "hey, here's some clothes if you want to fold and put away and some bottles to wash. But only if you want to! I know a lot of my overnight nurses ask for things to do so..."

Had kind of a hard shift with the baby (my first real young one -- I usually do toddlers, which I love. Babies are hard!) I washed the bottles that I used, plus his breathing tx stuff, etc. Mom comes in about an hour before my shift ends and is like "please wash the baby's bottles before you go off." So I end up washing probably two day's worth of baby bottles for my patient, PLUS his (normal) twin's bottles. Which, normally I wouldn't mind doing, but mom knew I'd had a difficult night. On top of which, mom made it sound like the extra bottles in the sink were baby X's ---) they weren't, they were his twin brothers' bottles, who does not need nursing care.

Specializes in Hospice / Ambulatory Clinic. Has 3 years experience.

I don't ask for extra things to do overnight I knit. It's a traditional private duty nurse thing to do, easy to watch the patient and keep hands busy. Plus the families usually like it. Probably makes me seem older, more centered, mature. Plus I always hook them with this line for hospice. I like to knit while sitting at the bedside that way when I wear what I knitted I can remember your loved one. =D

Specializes in PDN; Burn; Phone triage. Has 8 years experience.

I can't knit! I've tried but I'm terribly uncoordinated. I bring a book and even a tiny little book-light if they insist on no lights in the kiddo's room. (I prefer one so that I can see them, but whatevs.)

You're right 'tho that knitting is SO very PDN.

nursel56

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Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 47 years experience.

I knit too! -- . Everybody seems to be delighted to see that and will often launch into a story or their own and ask questions etc - the funnest one of all was when a very elderly relative of a patient who grew up in Havana started talking about their home life in Cuba and how she knit a lot of vests for the men and sleeveless sweaters. Her sister knit super-complicated tablecloths and stuff. She actually got herself a knitting project going after years of not knitting.

After all these years she did not use a pattern or diagram.

I can't crochet to save my life though. All thumbs with that.

Specializes in PDN; Burn; Phone triage. Has 8 years experience.

^I was told that crocheting is easier if you can't knit.

I can't do either, but I can latch-hook.

/ducks.

nursel56

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Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 47 years experience.
^I was told that crocheting is easier if you can't knit.

I can't do either, but I can latch-hook.

/ducks.

I'm not a crafting elitist. I'm just as happy with one of those Sunchaser stained glass kits, or foamy shapes. :) I used to love puff-painted T-shirts, too.

I do not take those items to work, though.

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