Well, this certainly seems to be an emotional issue.
Would appreciate it, if someone could help my understanding here. In orientation, it was heavily emphasized that overflowing linen carts are an infection control issue. In all the discussion of this issue, infection control has not been mentioned. (Certainly, the hospital has an Infection Control Nurse--who does not seem to have noticed overflowing linen carts.)
It is not merely common, but rather it is universal--have never seen an exception, in several years--to come in at 0630 for the day shift, and to see every single linen cart overflowing with used linen, much of it obviously contaminated with blood, vomit, feces, and other apparently bodily fluids, etc. (Setting is a busy E.D. Yes, there are empty linen carts readily available.) The about-to-be offgoing night shift is sitting about, as if there is nothing to do which needs doing--RNs, Techs, everyone. It rather looks as if some (not all) of these folks have been sitting about for several hours. It is not even uncommon to see an RN load on top of an overflowing linen cart--into would be impossible--more used linen soiled with blood, vomit, etc., etc.
(Overnight, there is one Housekeeping person in the hospital, so there is no point in wishing s/he might come & empty linen carts.
Quite aside from overheard attitudes such as, I didn't go to nursing school to empty linen carts; call House-keeping; or one might hear a tech say something like, Why do I have to do this?--No one else does. (Which is true.) Is infection control really an issue? Or is this just one of those things Mgmt. gins up to look good for inspections?