Joint Commission arrives at your facility on Monday morning and you are overjoyed! A few things magically change when they arrive. All of a sudden nurses aren't eating and drinking at the nurse's station. Charts all have their place, everyone is wearing their identification and learning the mission statement.
You always know joint commission has arrived when:
1. You can actually find things in the supply room. A couple of days prior, nothing was stocked or available, now you have everything you need.
2. Everything is actually dated for a change. Even the saline bottles are dated and the sharps containers suddenly have an expiration date.
3. There are gloves available in every size, at every station!
4. Instead of ten patients you only have four.
5. Physicians that are usually nasty become sweet and friendly!
6. The director of nursing is not in her office. Instead she's joyfully assisting the nurses with patient care. Wait. what?!?!
7. Overtime is always okay
8. Everyone's cell phone is in their locker.
9. All the doors are locked and no one seems to know the codes.
10. Your patients think you're crazy because you're suddenly addressing everyone with Mr and Mrs and hanging out in their rooms way too long.
11. managers you have never even met before come out of hiding and help out like it's a common occurrence.
What else happens during joint commission time at your facility? Comment below!