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NursesHousekeepingNASHVILLE, TN - Vanderbilt University Medical Center's latest budget moves mean nurses will be responsible for a lot more than patient care. Vanderbilt nurses will now be in charge of cleaning patients' rooms, even bathrooms.

"Cleaning the room after the case, including pulling your trash and mopping the floor, are all infection-prevention strategies. And it's all nursing, and it's all surgical tech. You may not believe that, but even Florence Nightingale knew that was true," said a hospital administrator to staff in a video.

The new cleaning changes were also detailed in an email sent to staff of the Vanderbilt Medical Center East team, which - according to a hospital employee - works in surgery areas and patient rooms.

A manager writes in the email, "We have undergone some major budgetary changes ... this means we will need to pull together like never before."

The email says nurses will now have to pull their own trash and linens, sweep up and spot mop. Nurses, care partners and nursing assistants will be responsible for all patient care areas.

"The priority will be what the patient sees," the email states.

Also, in bold highlighted text, the email says, "Be sure to wear the appropriate [personal protective equipment] when doing any disinfecting - that includes, a cover up gown, gloves, mask and even an eye shield when necessary."

Nurses were also told to "refrain from speaking negatively about this in an open forum where our customer can hear. If you need to vent come see me."

The hospital employee did not want to be identified for fear of losing her job but wanted the public to be aware of the changes.

"This is our new reality. The work still must be done. We must still care for patients, and we must do so in an efficient manner," the hospital administrator told staff in the video.

 

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March1HeadShot.12.31.12Lori Greenhill RN BSN, the CEO of Concierge Services/Nurses of Augusta, is a legal nurse consultant assisting attorneys who handle medical malpractice and personal injury cases. She serves as the President for the Greater Augusta Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) and is also the VP of the BNI-RPH Chapter. Lori firmly believes in "Givers Gain" by utilizing her experience to help nurses, healthcare, and businesses professionals to grow their businesses.

 

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