don't kick yourself for not wanting to do the yucky stuff...i would prefer not to, as well, but, but like i said...no one is above the mess. at this stage as a pct, i'm just "doing it" and not even thinking about the gross factor as much. the clean up is usually our duty but i have had nurses who take the opportunity to clean up/bathe in order to assess the patient's skin integrity, circulation, etc. these nurses are great and that
is the kind of nurse i want to be...one who cares for the whole person - not the kind of nurse who, while in the room next to the patient's bedside, hits the call button to get the pct to come and give the patient a bedpan. :scrm:
the good part about working as a pct is that any area of patient care will never be foreign to you. i learned a lot in my first semester clinical skills, however, i never had a chance to practice the skills (my clinical patient didn't have a foley, wound dressing or was on insulin). being on the floor i've participated in urinary catheter inserts/removal, chest tube removal, thoracentesis, observed electrical cardioversion and numerous wound dressing changes. this kind of experience will give me a great advantage when i start my second semester clinicals next month.
someday i would like to concentrate in one area: the cardiac cath lab. until then, i'm starting at the bottom and adding to my collective experience. i wish you well! :weathersunsmall: