i'm going into my second semester of nursing school and, over the summer, i started a job as a student nurse intern at a local hospital. basically, my duties are the same as the cnas (pcts) and will progress more toward the nurse's duties with each semester completion of my clinicals.
i work on a cardiac stepdown unit. right now the duties of the pcts on my floor include:
- taking vital signs
- bed making
- shower set up/assist or bed bath - we do for everyone daily on our floor
- assisting to toilet and clean up
- changing incontinent patient's disposable briefs
- getting specimens (urine, sputum)
- assist with set up for eating/assist with feeding
- walk patient as ordered
- remove iv/saline locks prior to discharge
- set up telemetry monitoring
- extending care, compassion and kindness
- transporting patients to xray, ct, etc when needed
- escorting patients via wheelchair for pick up on discharge
- applying ted hose or sequential stockings
- ordering air mattresses/bedside commodes/walkers etc when needed for certain patients
- bladder scanning with doppler machine to evaluate urinary retention
- clean up post mortem
- document i & o, empty/measure output from foleys
so, yeah, there will be some yucky stuff....but on the other hand, you are making a difference in someone's life. everything you do is helping that patient to feel better about themselves on top of all the stress of being sick in the hospital. i have never met a patient who enjoyed exposing themselves and having someone else clean up their mess. they are embarrassed, frustrated and upset. these patients are fortunate to have you - someone they can trust to help them with what they can't do.
i really don't know any area of hospital care that would never have to deal with yucky stuff. you could check into working for the lab or cardiology dept. however, if you want to stay clean, youmight consider a doctor's office or clinic. in the hospital setting, no one is above the mess.
i hope this helps!