Okay, confess!

  1. I haven't seen this topic yet. How many people make use of "leftovers" in our pockets after coming home from work. I mean have you ever seen anyone using a tounge depressor as a coffee stirrer? or seen someone use one of those long qtips as a ear wax cleaner? (yuck!!!!!!!!!) If I have packs of those white petroleums in my pocket, I'll use them for cuticle cream and chapped lips.
    •  
  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   CEN35
    I empty my pockets out completely, every night before I leave
  4. by   Janet Barclay
    KY neon?LOL
    OK, OK, I MAY have used stats to remove splinters, tighten screws and a few other things. When I quit my first nursing job, I had three safeway bags full of tape, pens, etc that I had to very sheepishly return. Now that I wear hospital scrubs and change at work, the amount of stuff that I accumulate at home has markedly decreased!
  5. by   fiestynurse
    At the last hospital that I worked at, employees had to buy their own pens. The hospital stopped furnishing pens because of the above reasons. Also, everything had a sticker on it and was charged to the patient, even tape. Supplies are expensive and these costs add up. This lost money could be used in other ways, such as your raises! It's important to empty out your pockets at the end of every work day. The bottom line is that you are stealing from your employers when you take hospital supplies home! Enough said!!
  6. by   randomnamees
    Originally posted by feistynurse:
    <STRONG>Supplies are expensive and these costs add up. This lost money could be used in other ways, such as your raises! It's important to empty out your pockets at the end of every work day. The bottom line is that you are stealing from your employers when you take hospital supplies home! Enough said!!</STRONG>
    feistynurse,

    Your username fits you well I never took pens or other utensils with intent to steal, and I doubt any nurse does. Many of the above post stated that they brought back stuff to work. I agree that it is a good practice to empty your pockets at the end of each shift, but at the end of most shifts (understaffed and frazzeled), I just want to get the hell outa there, and the last thing on my mind is checking to make sure I am taking a $0.10 bic pen out of my pocket. Maybe they should have a Bic patrol at the employees entrance and do strip searches after each shift, then I bet I would get a raise. Chill fiesty

    [ May 17, 2001: Message edited by: laugh ]
  7. by   EndoRN
    LOL! I could always tell how many IV's I had started that shift by how many rolls of tape I had in my pocket when I got home! We used the IV start kits that had a small roll of tape, tourniquet,opsyte...etc. in each kit. Well, most of the nurses just threw out the whole shebang after starting the IV. I always hated wasting so would stick the tape in my pocket.
    When I got home I'd give them to my son, who loves to draw and make things. His eyes would light right up!
  8. by   fiestynurse
    Maybe, I am being the devil's advocate here, but this is a problem that has gotten way out of hand in many hospitals. We recently fired a nurse educator, who was caught walking out of the hospital with a computer. Even if it's 50 pens that you have accumulated at home, it's still stealing, whether it is unintentional or not.
  9. by   Cindy_A
    WOW! How did she fit a computer into her pocket? Only kidding, but you do have a point. But,like laugh said, sometimes you just want to get the hell outta there!
  10. by   night owl
    neonnurse2, So you're the one who's taken those pens that I've lost!!! Only kidding...
    I have a habit of putting my pen down somewhere and then I can never find it when I need it. So I bring a bunch with me every night. One night I went through 4 pens. Unreal! Either I'm getting Alzeheimer's or we've got a thief amongst us. Anyways, I bring alot of stuff home with me. Not every day and not intentionally. I've brought home bandaids, alcohol wipes, rubber bands, paper clips, tongue depressors, cotton tip applicators, rolls of tape, external catheters which my husband surely questioned me,"What the hell are those for????" One time I went home with the keys to the med cart and had to drive all the way back to return them.(It takes me 1 hour to drive to work mind you) I learned my lesson after that one!
  11. by   Ann4
    I personally have used hemostats to pluck stray chin hairs. Um, oh wait, never mind.....
  12. by   hiker
    I am the most honest person you would ever want to meet and, YES I've taken stuff home unintentionally, and NO I am not a thief! I just wanna get the hell outta there, too!Gimme a break! Pens multiply in my pockets, too, right after they jump in there unassisted, as do alcohol wipes! But, I must say, external caths have never jumped in my pocket! That one made me laugh! You shoulda told your hubby you needed to practice on him!
  13. by   randomnamees
    Have you ever accidentally accumulated like 50 pens from work? I haven’t
  14. by   Janet Barclay
    I heard somewhere that hemostats have a milliona and one uses in the home (not that I'VE ever used them)

close