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Kitchen gals tried to eat the patient's food

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Specializes in Dementia / Hospice. Has 11 years experience.

 

 

Hi everyone, I have a dilemma. I work at a nursing home. My patient did not get her breakfast tray so I went to the kitchen. The kitchen told me to go find the girl handing out the trays and turned me away as they made themselves plates of food. 

I found the girl handing out trays and she said "why didn't they just make you a tray?"

We got back to the kitchen and the girls tried to tell me they were out of hashbrowns. I saw hashbrowns on 2 plates saved for the kitchen girls. They were about to tell me to tell my patient that the hash browns were all served and gone... 

I told the kitchen girls they need to give those hash browns to the patient. I did not say please...I could have been nicer but I was already turned away once to go find someone. I am an LPN. So the girls said "You can't talk to us like that!"

 

Anyways I told the kitchen manager. I just feel like they were about to tell the patient we were all out of hash browns while eating it up for themselves. Now I'm hated in the kitchen and it's awkward. Am I a POS or what? Like what should I have done differently?

 

My boss told me I could have handled it differently. What did she mean by that? I have a feeling she is a person who just lets stuff slide for the sake of peace...but at the patients expense. 

Edited by LPNwithBIGdreams

gingerale.emergency, LVN

Specializes in Geriatric Psych, Palliative Care, LTC. Has 4 years experience.

I would have honestly done the same thing, however if the kitchen girls were already touching / eating the hash browns I would not give them to a resident d/t infection control / cross contamination issues. That is just ridiculous. We have issues with our kitchen running out of certain things constantly and resident’s having to go without. And don’t even get me started with the “nutrition” carts LOL

LPNwithBIGdreams, LPN

Specializes in Dementia / Hospice. Has 11 years experience.

They didn’t eat them yet, saved with plastic wrap on it

 

gingerale.emergency, LVN

Specializes in Geriatric Psych, Palliative Care, LTC. Has 4 years experience.

18 minutes ago, LPNwithBIGdreams said:

They didn’t eat them yet, saved with plastic wrap on it

 

Then yes yes 100% that food needs to go to resident first