Today I had a home nurse come to give Kimble a special RSV shot that he will get once a month, for four months. It is a special vaccine for cardiac babies, to prevent RSV. Anyway, the lady came. She was in her late 50's or early 60's and drove a big truck. I could tell right away that an older lady was driving it, for when she chose to back up into my driveway, it took her 5 minutes to do so, and she still ended up halfway parked on my front lawn.
When she came in, she apologized for being late, then right away went to touch Kimble, who I was holding in my arms. I backed away, because I don't let anyone touch him before they have sanitized themselves. Seriously. You are a nurse! You should know better than to bring germs to my baby, especially since you are a traveling nurse, and might have just come from someone else's house.
We moved to the table, where she went over some paperwork for me, and made small talk about how my baby looked to her. "That cleft lip is nothing! Oh, you are still nursing him, huh?" He looks like he is growing good!"
I get her the vaccine and all the syringes, etc, that came with it, and she got it ready. I was about to suggest to her to wash up, when she pulled out a little bottle of hand sanitizer. Well, I guess that's ok, although I would really have liked her to wash with soap for 1 minute and then use the sanitizer spray.
She prepared the syringe with the vaccine, then started coming towards me and baby and said "I'll just inject this into his thigh right now."
Once again, I pulled away from her and said "Aren't you going to wear gloves?" She said "Oh, most of us that are nurses for this long don't really wear gloves."
I stared at her.
She said "But of course I can put some on if that is what you are comfortable with."
She put on the gloves. Then said "Don't really need gloves, especially if we are just doing vaccinations."
I stared at her again. I honestly couldn't believe that she thought gloves weren't necessary. You are dealing with needles and syringes and medications and vaccinations. You are injecting my baby. If you don't want to protect yourself, then at least protect my baby! I don't care how old you are and how long you've been a nurse. It seems a contradiction to me. I say the longer you've been a nurse, the more you've seen, and the more you would want to use gloves!
Anyway, she left with a happy smile and a waddle out the door, saying she'd see me next month for his next dose.
Hmph. I don't like her.
I actually called the company after she left, to complain about the lack of sanitation. As I was talking with the lady about my concerns, she didn't seem to be concerned about it. She said "ok. I'll talk to her later about it" and then she asked if we had already set up the appointment for next month...kinda like she was dismissing it. Once again, I am annoyed. She should have expressed concern, apologized for it, and assured me that it wouldn't happen again. Instead, I got nothin'.
I'll for sure be more forceful next month with her washing up and using gloves...something that I shouldn't have to ask for.