privacy to an extreme

  1. I didn't realize how knocking on the patient's door before entering had become such a habit w/ me until the other day. A patient had a room full of visitors and I was going to empty the urinal which was left in the bathroom. I closed the bathroom door behind me cause the FLUSH is so loud. Then, without thinking I knocked on the door (mind you-I'm standing inside the bathroom by myself). I heard a quiet "come in" from someone in the room followed by a roar of laughter!!! :imbar That family teased me all day...
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   Fluesy
    :roll:At leest you got to smile at work:roll:
  4. by   Audreyfay
    You sound like me. I do silly things all day and just laugh at myself. Laughter is a good way to handle stress and burn calories! :chuckle
  5. by   lovingtheunloved
    I knock on my doors at home. And I live alone.:imbar
  6. by   psychonurse
    I bet they did give you a bad time...sometimes privacy does go a long ways LOL....I bet you felt really dumb at the time.....but things happen..... :chuckle
  7. by   shel_wny
    I find myself knocking on the clean utility door all the time at work...and then feel pretty stupid. :P

    Shel
  8. by   NursesRmofun
    That was a cute one. :chuckle
  9. by   webblarsk
    LOL..........I do the same thing when I am at home!
  10. by   mattsmom81
    Gosh this sounds sooo like something I would do...we become so engrained with things we do them automatically...it gave everyone a smile and it was all good.
  11. by   jnette
    Quote from mattsmom81
    Gosh this sounds sooo like something I would do...we become so engrained with things we do them automatically...it gave everyone a smile and it was all good.


    hahaha! Count me in... cute, though !
  12. by   elkpark
    Always better to be too careful/considerate than not enough!

    I will never forget one of my first clinical days in my diploma school, many years ago. Our instructors had impressed upon us the importance of patient privacy and dignity, and that we must always knock on patient doors before entering. I was in the process of giving my patient a complete bed bath, and was carrying the full basin to the bathroom to swap it out for clean water. Just as I got to the bathroom door, which, OF COURSE, was right at the door to the room, the staff nurse assigned to my patient came sailing through the door without knocking. I got the entire basin full of dirty/soapy water in my face and down the front of my uniform. The RN was v. embarrassed and sorry, but a fat lot of good that did me! :chuckle

    If I had not already been a big believer in knocking, that experience would have converted me for sure! I've been v. careful ever since ...
  13. by   psychonurse
    At our facility we have locks on alll the doors (of course) including the bathroom....well I have been caught a couple of times sitting on the toilet and someone storms in the bathroom on me....well I have gotten soo ingrained in knocking on the door before going in that I knock on the door in the middle of the night when I am the only one in the medical department LOL :imbar
  14. by   letina
    This isn't a privacy one but a habit I been known to take home with me.
    I've been known to answer my phone at home with "Good morning, Ward xx...Staff Nurse speaking, how may I help you?" Doh! :imbar

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