Changing Lightbulbs - page 2

How long does it take a Nurse to change a lightbulb? Only 1 minute, but then it takes her 45 minutes to document it.... Read More

  1. by   live4today
    Originally posted by KaraLea
    How long does it take a Nurse to change a lightbulb?

    Only 1 minute, but then it takes her 45 minutes to document it.

    Gee...let's analyze this for a sec...since I didn't get a degree in lightbulb changing, I wouldn't know how to do it, so I would have to document that Nurse Cheerfuldoer states "unable to change lightbulb due to being degreeless in that area." :chuckle Then, I'd have to chart that Nurse Cheerfuldoer "didn't know it was in her job description, and after reviewing her job description, she was able to verify the fact that no such clause for changing lightbulbs existed, therefore rendering her without fault for lightbulb not being changed and documented as having NOT been carried out." Signed....Nurse without a Lightbulb Degree.
    Last edit by live4today on Jul 13, '02
  2. by   zudy
    NO,NO,NO!!!! You must first form a committee made up of suits, nurses drs, physical plant to evaluate the need and the effectivness of a light bulb!!! The committee must meet once a month and have a plan,implament it and then measure the effectivness of the light bulb!!! and ok it with JCOH!!!!
  3. by   sharann
    What about if you install the incorrect wattage? Then do you need to fill out a wattage error form and incident report? The sad but funny part of this is that we all speak tongue in cheek here. We all KNOW of the valuable time wasted when politicians tell us how to do everything in our jobs.
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    Please don't forget to pronounce the old light bulb dead ("Light bulb is unresponsive to elecrical stimuli") and call me promptly at 2AM to inform me (even though it will be just as dead at 6AM).
  5. by   Andy S.
    And by the time all this falls into place, (you have all the authorization and the bulb), it is now shift change and there is not a soul to be found to help hold the chair for you (the chair of course has wheels because that is all that is at the nurses station):roll :roll :roll :roll
  6. by   NurseDennie
    Don't forget to document the PM care of the deceased bulb, and disposition of the remains.


    And what about donation of viable parts of the light bulb to other light bulbs in need of transplant? Did anyone contact the LBDN? (light bulb donation network)

  8. by   shygirl
    And don't forget to notify the next of "kin" that the old one had expired.
  9. by   caroladybelle
    Did anyone check to see if it was coroner's case before removing it ?
  10. by   KaraLea
    Actually, as for me, I would spend about 45 minutes asking anyone and everyone..."How do you put in a work order to have the lightbulb changed?" Then, of course, you have to wait for Maintanance to get the work order, which they promptly "lose" so that you have to put another one in.........
  11. by   KaraLea
    OH, and was it full code? Or had the "Next of Kin" and Doctor sign the DNR order?
  12. by   adrienurse
    And then there's the potential risk of using a chair or ladder to reach the lightbulb in the first place. You won't be covered by you're insurance if you were to fall off the ladder and injure yourself at work. Better be safe and just fill out a requisition and have engineering change the damn thing!
  13. by   gwenith
    Once was told by medical equipment salesman that the word around the medical equipment industry was that if you gave a nurse 3 steel balls she/he would lose on break one and tape the other one up! My reply to this smartypants - If a nurse is given three steel balls she will be expected to ensure ihey last at least 12 years past use-by date by which time one will have been lost irretrievably in the system, one would have been bronken beyond mending by a doctor and we would be desperately trying to make the last one go on as long as possible!

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