Why not? How critically busy are your shifts? On my 12 hr shifts, if there was a mess, I clean it up. Every unit I worked, has been this way. If the pt coded and the whole 5 pound bag of _____ (you fill in the blank) hit the fan and is like an IED went off right where you are standing before the end of your shift... that to me is understandable and I still will clean up a bit unless my coworker told to go home.
Even when I was in the sandbox after 12-14 hrs of caring for casualties, we clean up for the next shift.
What is your thinking? I work 12 hrs, let's say I was a sloppy/messy RN...yes, there are some that fit that title... YOU come in and you are ok with cleaning my mess? Just curious...:)
The docs in my facility know damn well that if they make a mess, they will clean it. They cannot make a mess because they do not have access to the supply room. They find us and let us know that they need to do such procedure and will need such and such...
If they came in without me noticing, they would be lucky to get away with it. My facility is a teaching facility and the white coats (baby docs) are trained from the first day to do it right.
Now, if the coworker came to me all out of control like the OP states, I know that they are a lunatic for not being civil. I could pull many cards on them like call security and say that I felt threatened by their behavior... I seen this once and the outcome was not pretty.
I do not tolerate such behavior. That is all I will say on that.
And where do you work? ICU, MEDSURG, OR, L&D, PICU, ER, Pain Clinic????