nurse duties???

  1. ok maybe it is because I have sat here for 10 hours with ZERO patients and the NM will not let me go home but I am a little testy.I have a question for you floor nurses. When a patient is discharged,who strips the bed,cleans it and remakes it at your facility? At mine it is the nurses that does this job.Also who goes round at the end of shift emptying the trash cans in the patients rooms and nurse's stations? Again the nursing staff! I am just wondering how it is at other hospitals.
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  3. by   dianah
    Whaaaaaattt??? Any of the four places I've worked at (and others I've "visited"), it's Housekeeping, or Environmental Services (EVS) or whatever name the facility has chosen to call this VERY IMPORTANT (can't stress that enuf) area of care. Poll the other hospitals in your area and see how it's done those places - compare. Weird. -- D
  4. by   Q.
    Well, when I discharged a patient, I would usually pull off the dirty sheets from the bed and the gown laying there, and toss them in the linen cart, at least, and pick up my charting/papers - but making the bed and/or restocking was done by our OB techs. Clean-up of messy deliveries was done by all but primarily done by the techs, as usually I was cleaning up/monitoring the patient while the tech was collecting instruments and mopping. We didn't really have housekeeping on third shift. There were like, 3 housekeepers for the whole hospital and they were overburdened. So our unit took care of itself, I guess.
  5. by   NurseShell
    I'm thinking the CNAs or PCAs or whatever they are called now...do it at the facility I was at this past rotation! Housekeeping did the "cleaning" daily and throughout the shifts...nurses only do the changing of sheets occasionally, usually the CNAs do that too.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have been known to empty trash when I know housekeeping won't be around for a while. If it's slow, I am not above it and prefer my area to be clean. I am anal that way. I also take trash out of pt rooms when it's exceptionally full. Just can't stand to see 100lb of fast food containers in those red bags I need for delivery purposes....this of course, after I politely counsel them not to use the red bags.......for other than truly hazardous waste.:zzzzz
  7. by   RNforLongTime
    The PCA's are responsible for stripping the bed when a pt is D/c'd from our ICU. Then housekeeping comes in and cleans/disinfects the bed. I'm not above emptying trash when necessary.
  8. by   deespoohbear
    Either the CNA's or the nurses strip the beds after discharge. Then housekeeping cleans the bed and the CNA's make them. I don't mind making beds...kind of enjoy the "no stress" of it....
  9. by   dianah
    OK, yeah, of COURSE, when EVS/Housekeeping is unavailable and we need to turn the procedure room over (move 'em in and move 'em out!), I empty the trash barrels and put the new bags in them, as well as pick up and mop the floor, spray and wipe down all counters and procedure table, wash and dry the disposable kellys (for recycling), clean the sink . . . -- D
  10. by   renerian
    What a waste of a skilled professionals time.

    renerian
  11. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Can we say Enviromental Services....
    Zoe
  12. by   Tweety
    We, the nursing staff, strip the bed, and housekeeping dept. cleans it and remakes the bed. Usually, nursing empties the trash. We think it's a courtesy to leave the room neat for the next nurse.

    If you call housekeeping to clean a room and they arrive and it's not stripped. They will stand there and wait for a nursing staff to strip the bed before they will do anything. Heaven forbid they strip a bed and get us spoiled.
  13. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    We, the nursing staff, strip the bed, and housekeeping dept. cleans it and remakes the bed. Usually, nursing empties the trash. We think it's a courtesy to leave the room neat for the next nurse.

    If you call housekeeping to clean a room and they arrive and it's not stripped. They will stand there and wait for a nursing staff to strip the bed before they will do anything. Heaven forbid they strip a bed and get us spoiled.

    LOL!! so true!! :chuckle where i work too!
  14. by   cindyln
    Thanks for all of your replies.I work in a military hospital.There are no CNA's or NA's that matter only RN's and LPN's. This is how a discharge works.The nurse strips the bed,cleans it and remakes it. Housekeeping will clean everything else in the room IF the discharge occurs before 4 pm, when they get off. Why they will not clean the bed, only their union knows. Also they only come round once a shift to pick up trash and of course that is early in the shift so the nurses are left once again to do housekeeping jobs.You should see the faces of the families and patients when their nurse come in to empty trash. Our housekeeping has a much better union then the nurses do.

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