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    I'm a nurse. Not a housekeeper!

    I have since left that position and started with another client. Like I stated before, I do not mind helping around the house and I do. I have swept that floors, cleaned the kitchen, dusted and everything for this new client. Today the mother made this statement to me... "could you make sure you clean everything up before you leave. I had to pick up the towels you used for "Shelly's" bath yesterday. The other nurse knows that I do not have time to do these things. I just really need someone to help me out with these little things because I don't feel I should have to do it. It is part of your job." Yesterday I gave my pt a bath and then right after I got her dressed her aunt wanted to take her to the park and we left. You can not leave the pt alone for even one second. I forgot by the time we returned to the home. I was really shocked that she would say something like this to me considering every morning her and her whole family mess the whole kitchen up and leave dishes all over including knifes and I clean it up without saying a word about it. I do not think that I am cut out for home health. I can't deal with these people always wanting more from me. I think I am a good person and try to go out of my way to lend a helping hand whenever needed. I am tired of everyone wanting more!
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    I'm a nurse. Not a housekeeper!

    If you would have read everything I posted you would have seen that I have emailed the case manager about the situation. It isn't always as easy as you are making it sound. "Who's fault is it?" The care plan was changed 2 days ago and I am trying to fix the problem. What irritates me is people who like to go off about people complaining about their situation. I have news for you, you are going to be in lot of situations you are not going to like as a nurse and a lot of them you aren't going to be able to do anything about. Telling me to be a leader. I have been a nurse for 2 years and already self employed. I make my own hours and I pick my own cases. I will handle the situation. I just needed to vent and get some input. I was only saying that from what I am hearing this is part of being in home health and it is something I will have to deal with.
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    I'm a nurse. Not a housekeeper!

    I have never been asked to clean before. In fact when I worked at a facility I asked for a bottle of disinfectant and was told that I am not to touch cleaning products while I am on duty. They did not want the nurses messing with cleaning product and then passing meds. I think cleaning the dishes I use and cleaning up messes when I get gtube feed on the counter or something is something that should just be an unsaid duty for all nurses but laundry!? When their are 3 adults living in the house and only one has a job! I already bathe, dress, fix his bed,fix his hair, feed him, brush his teeth, change his diaper, play with him all day.....so on. She can't wash his clothes!? Seriously! Is there no end to the things you can have put on a care plan for a nurse that you get for free in the first place? Idk, it seems like this is a normal thing in home health and I shoud just get over it but it really burns my a** that I HAVE to do these things now I am a total neat freak anyway and I would have done this just because I can't stand a mess. I feel like this was a big up yours from the consumers mother. I feel like I said that doing housework isn't a nurses job and she went out of her way to say "IT IS NOW! HAHAHAHA!" Grrr!
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    I'm a nurse. Not a housekeeper!

    I am an independent nurse. I do not work for an agency but the client has a case manager that writes up the all service plan for the pt. We are told not to do anything that isn't on the all service plan because that is all we can bill for. This is actually my first case in a home health setting. I have no problem helping the family do things around the house if they ask me too. I have a problem being told I have to do it. It is not my job to clean their house. I have no problem with having something along the lines of keeping his equiptment clean or cleaning the things I use for his care. Laundry and light housekeeping. What does that even mean? What is next? Clean pts mother's car!? I already cleaned because I like to clean and the pt is also at a high risk for respiratory infections and the house was very dusty. I sent an email to the case manger and explained to her that I do not feel it is my job to do these things. I do not have another case lined up. I have an interview tomorrow and I am hoping ti goes well. I do not want to leave this case because I am very fond of the child I care for and I am also very fond of the family in spite of all this. They are very warm and caring people. I think that the case manager needs to do her job and explain that this isn't something that should be expected. We will see. I will keep eveyone posted.
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    I'm a nurse. Not a housekeeper!

    Ok, let me start by saying that I do not feel that I am above cleaning someone elses house. Since I have started with this last client I have already cleaned their bathrooms, washed the walls (because all the other nurses got gtube feed all over it), swept the floors.... so on and so on. Let me give you a little background on the situation. I care for a little boy. He has 3 adults living in the house with him and a teenager. Two of the adults do not work. The consumers mother and I had a conversation because she made the statement that a nurse she interviewed said that she is not an overpaid nanny/housekeeper. I explained to her that she may not have worded it the best but I think she was trying to tell her that she is a nurse and it is her job to do healthcare for her child and not clean because I have heard horror stories about families expecting their nurse to do laundry and dust and stuff. She looked at me like I was speaking chinese or something. Next thing I know I get an update on the all service plan from my case manager and laundry and light housework was added to the plan! ***!? Like I said, I am not above helping around the house when I am bored. I actually like to clean. The point is that I am a nurse not a housekeeper and their is no reason why I need to do these things. If I were caring for an adult that could not do these things on their own I would understand but a child with 3 adults living there. It is not my job to do these things. Does anyone else feel the way I do about this? I think it is outragious. :angryfire Thanks for letting me vent.
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