Do you buy lunch or take it?

  1. What is the cafeteria in your facility like? Our's isn't bad, and even though our price is pretty reasonable, eating there five shifts a week still seems like I'm wasting money. Especially when I opt for the sandwich bar and pay double for what I could have slapped the thing together for at home! I keep saying I'm going to start brown bagging. Do any of you carry your lunch? When do you pack it? BTW- we do have a fridge and a microwave at our disposal, so that's no excuse for me either!
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  3. by   nurseygrrl
    Our employee cafeteria is horrible, so I pack all my food. I usually have a Slim Fast for breakfast and maybe a yogurt and piece of fruit for lunch. Sometimes I bring instant oatmeal too.
  4. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from mercyteapot
    What is the cafeteria in your facility like? Our's isn't bad, and even though our price is pretty reasonable, eating there five shifts a week still seems like I'm wasting money. Especially when I opt for the sandwich bar and pay double for what I could have slapped the thing together for at home! I keep saying I'm going to start brown bagging. Do any of you carry your lunch? When do you pack it? BTW- we do have a fridge and a microwave at our disposal, so that's no excuse for me either!
    I'm in home care, not facility so it's very different... One one case I do 1/2 time I carry lunch - I usually stop at the Wendy's and get a spicy chicken. The other 2 csaes I do 1/2 time (yes, I generally have lots of OT) the parents feed the nurses as if they were family. Favorite snacks, favorite brand of coffee, mindful of nurses allergies, etc...they are just too nice to us!
  5. by   susanmary
    I've been awful lately about packing a lunch and have been opting for soup/salad bar in the caf ... which adds up as the salad bar cost is by the ounce!
  6. by   shygirl
    I pack ,but when it gets around lunch time, the food at our facility is so delicious that I end up buying lunch!
    It's $4.00 and it's worth it but I don't want to spend that q day.

    Shygirl
  7. by   z's playa
    :chuckle :chuckle Sorry Mercy.....I got a chuckle when I read "take it". I interpreted it as stealing it from the fridge when I read it.

    Anyways....I had the oportunity to go to our cafeteria at the school which is linked to the hospital and took a look at the prices. I will definately be bringing my lunches come fall semester.
  8. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Dixiedi
    I'm in home care, not facility so it's very different... One one case I do 1/2 time I carry lunch - I usually stop at the Wendy's and get a spicy chicken. The other 2 csaes I do 1/2 time (yes, I generally have lots of OT) the parents feed the nurses as if they were family. Favorite snacks, favorite brand of coffee, mindful of nurses allergies, etc...they are just too nice to us!
    Oh, that's very nice, being treated like family. I bet it is hard when you lose a patient to whom you've grown so close, though. My husband works for Wendy's, so he'll be happy to hear that you like the spicy chicken I do too. Have you ever tried the Monterey Ranch Chicken? They don't have it on the menu all the time, but when they do, I just love it!
  9. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from HerEyes73
    Our employee cafeteria is horrible, so I pack all my food. I usually have a Slim Fast for breakfast and maybe a yogurt and piece of fruit for lunch. Sometimes I bring instant oatmeal too.
    Do you find that the Slim Fast bar gives you energy to get through the morning? I could do with just the yogurt and fruit at lunch, but I find that I need more sustenance in the morning, or I want to head to the vending machine by 10 am!
  10. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from susanmary
    I've been awful lately about packing a lunch and have been opting for soup/salad bar in the caf ... which adds up as the salad bar cost is by the ounce!
    Our salad bar is by the ounce too, as is the sandwich bar (different kinds of bread, meat and cheese) Even though they give us a discount, it is still ridiculous, the price you end up paying!
  11. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from z's playa
    :chuckle :chuckle Sorry Mercy.....I got a chuckle when I read "take it". I interpreted it as stealing it from the fridge when I read it.

    Anyways....I had the oportunity to go to our cafeteria at the school which is linked to the hospital and took a look at the prices. I will definately be bringing my lunches come fall semester.
    LOL... I hadn't thought of that, but that is funny. I have worked at other places before that did have an occassional problem with food being swiped out of the fridge. One place had a sign up threatening termination if you were caught. No one would ever want to swipe the things I'd bring, though... I think it was stuff like brownies, etc that people would take. Plus there was a problem with sodas disappearing.
  12. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from shygirl
    I pack ,but when it gets around lunch time, the food at our facility is so delicious that I end up buying lunch!
    It's $4.00 and it's worth it but I don't want to spend that q day.

    Shygirl
    Four bucks isn't bad, but you're right, you don't want to get in the habit of spending that, or you'd end up shelling out $20 a week. I'd rather save that money and put it towards a nice dinner out on the weekend (although I don't do that yet; I keep saying that I will).
  13. by   zambezi
    I spend probably approximately 16 dollars every two weeks or so (we can use our badges as "Credit cards" to charge our food out of our paycheck). I eat two eggs before work, drink my 16ox latte, and then I have to eat every couple of hours or so. I usually bring a bannana, apples, strawberries or popcorn to snack on until about 1:00 am...then I eat "dinner" from the cafeteria..we have on really good cook...and one really bad one...when the good cook is on, I eat way to much bad food (Im sure it is all fried even though it doesn't look like it), when the bad one is on, well I eat at the salad bar...I used to pack my own food but warm food is so much better at one in the morning. Sometimes I will snack on a yougurt or something at about six, then go home, eat some cheerios and go to bed!
  14. by   z's playa
    Quote from mercyteapot
    LOL... I hadn't thought of that, but that is funny. I have worked at other places before that did have an occassional problem with food being swiped out of the fridge. One place had a sign up threatening termination if you were caught. No one would ever want to swipe the things I'd bring, though... I think it was stuff like brownies, etc that people would take. Plus there was a problem with sodas disappearing.
    I have a confession to make....I swiped a sandwich one time at 3 in the morning from the pts fridge. I was a pt myself and I felt bad after. :imbar I won't do it again. She had and I'm not exagerating...12 sandwiches...all tuna..my fav!!!!

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