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*Vent* RN's make toast?!?!?!


Specializes in ER/Trauma. Has 4 years experience.

Imagine my suprise this weekend when I get to work and find out that new policy is that the RN's will make toast for the pt trays!!!!

Yes, that's right, dietary will only send bread up and we are expected to toast it in the toasters provided to the unit. So now, I have to pick up the tray when it is dropped at the desk, take it to the pts room, take the bread all the way back to the convienetly located toaster (NOT) and bring it back.

I work in AICU, anyone think I really have the time for this malarkey??? I was really frustrated over this one and I told the charge nurse they better get some techs up here if this is what they expect. I can only hear the complaints now..."The nurse didnt make my toast right!"

Sorry, just had to get this one off my chest!

Wow!!! Just.....wow! I honestly don't even know what to say to that!!

Penelope_Pitstop, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

Let me share an experience with you.

When I was a tech, I worked in a Same Day Surgery unit, and the nursing staff was to prepare the patients' breakfast trays according to their tastes.

It really didn't bother me because I had been a waitress in a past life, but it did become rather annoying (especially when patients complained about the food that I prepared early in the morning while my fellow nursing students were still passed out from partying!)

Well, after a few months or so, the practice was abandoned. So perhaps it can be abandoned for you as well? I'm sure all it will take will be the aroma of overdone toast before this gets handed back to the experts (I don't know nothing 'bout toasting no bread. Mz Scarlett...)

What will they have you doing next, changing lightbulbs?

Yeah, I am sorry, that is clearly a job for dietary...why is this nursing's responsibility?

Oh, that's right, it's nursing. EVERYTHING is the responsibility of the nursing department.

Reminded me of a thread awhile back, how, after you become a nurse, it will "all be your fault."

so true. So obnoxiously true!

Flo., BSN, RN

Specializes in Developmental Disabilites,. Has 7 years experience.

wow! Why can't dietary toast it on the floor. I would find this insulting.

What will they have you doing next, changing lightbulbs?

I was asked to change a light bulb in the home of a wealthy home health client. I let him know that it was against policy for insurance purposes, as I climbed on the step ladder to take care of the matter. I am certain my statement gave him cause to complain.


Has 14 years experience.

How many patients on your floor get breakfast every morning? I would assume we have about 15 patients getting toast every morning. One toaster. How would this possibly work?

Crazy. I don't mind making toast during the noc for someone for a snack, but I guess that our day shift nurses do not have time to be toasting everyone's bread in addition to passing am meds, obtaining CBGs and giving insulin, completing am assessments, and getting everyone up to the chair for breakfast.

I predict one of two things. Either your unit will routinely smell of burnt toast....or a lot of bread is going to find it's way into the trash, and toast will become something that is not offered for breakfast any longer.

iNurseUK, RN

Specializes in Plastics. General Surgery. ITU. Oncology. Has 20 years experience.

Gracious Heavens! RN's making toast! Man the barricades :rolleyes:

My ward has been doing this for many years. So far there have been no fatalities.

We had been making toast for patients (and staff) for many years...until they took the toaster away from us and stated it was a fire hazard. Not many of our patients can even have toast so it wasn't much of an issue. Diets also change as the patients are taken off NPO or full to a regular diet in the early rounds. It was quicker to make the toast than to take all the complaints about cold, soggy toast, waste time calling dietary and going down 10 floors on a slow elevator to pick it up. Now all the time is spent on the phone and in the elevator. Definitely miss the toaster.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

I was asked to change a light bulb in the home of a wealthy home health client. I let him know that it was against policy for insurance purposes, as I climbed on the step ladder to take care of the matter. I am certain my statement gave him cause to complain.

A little slip here a little fall there.....I'm suprised they asked you too climb anything...............$$$ but.....

Make toast? Really? I mean really? I am speachless.......:eek:


Specializes in MPH Student Fall/14, Emergency, Research. Has 2+ years experience.

That's some expensive toast.

I have worked on many units where the toaster was taken away! I was there for the staff's use but after burnign toast setting off the smoke detectors and the whole rest of the hospital being forced to deal with it they just took the toasters away. And most are not allowed to make popcorn in the microwave either!

As far as toasting the patients toast--crazy. There is hardly enough time for the tasks nurses have to do as it is. I would have an issue with this as you do. The more we put on the nurses plate the less safe the patients are. They are spread too thin and rushing and that is when mistakes happen!


Specializes in pcu/stepdown/telemetry.

someone needs to break the toaster

Forever Sunshine, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 7 years experience.

I'd like to know what the rationale is of the mastermind behind all these "mealtime" policies.

Passing trays and helping feed is acceptable for a nurse to do. But preparing toast???????????? Thats a dietary job and needs to stay that way.


Specializes in ER. Has 15 years experience.

I would deliver the bread to the patient, untoasted. I would tell the patient that dietary deals with the food. When they ask for you to toast it, tell them that you'll be able to get to that once you're done with the medical aspect of your patient care. Then when you burn that toast, or make it a bit too crunchy, tell them you're a better nurse than you are a cook.....

and if you can say it politely (which can be hard....) say you went to nursing school, not culinary school.

noyesno, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Family Medicine. Has 11 years experience.

I think this is ridiculous.

I don't think you should have to do this.

However, I don't know if dietary would have the time to do this either because they like to short staff in that department too. When I worked dietary, we were so short staffed that when I worked I was the only person available to pass trays throughout the entire hospital. As in, I went into every patient room and put every tray on every patients bed side table (many times having to clear there tables to do this). In addition to passing trays in the hospital by myself, I also had to push two stainless steal meal carts down a ramp underground that went to the extended care facility (a whole different building) and I had to pass the trays out to the residents there. I also had to set up fancy tables for all the mothers and fathers who had babies that day (table cloth, putting ice into glasses, pouring drinks). ALL OF THIS HAD TO BE DONE IN UNDER A HOUR AND A HALF. I would not have had time to toast, toast.

Maybe they are trying to push this on the nursing staff because they don't have enough dietary staff? They need to hire more dietary people and stop pushing this onto the nursing staff. However, the problem with adequate staffing in dietary, as I was told, was:

1. They couldn't find enough people who were willing to work in the conditions

2. The people who were willing to work in the dietary conditions couldn't pass the drug test

We were especially short staffed because two of the employees got in a fist fight in the kitchen and when the manager tried to break it up, he got punched too. They were fired on the spot.

Dietary at that hospital was really tough and stressful! YIKES.