I HATE this!!!!

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    I am so upset and don't know exactly what to do. I am four weeks into my CNA I class (required to start RN school, which I am scheduled for in August). Clinicals start in 2 more weeks and I am skeeved out! I don't like touching people and am absolutely disgusted at the idea of wahing people's hair, giving massages w/o gloves (who is doing this for me???), bathing them, and especially cleaning up thier poop (my teacher got mad at me for asking if I cold wear a mask while doing this). When I found out about removing fecal impactions, well that sent me over the edge. Class is also very boring! I just don't know if this is for me. Will it get better when I am an RN, or is this all it is? I am sorry and mean no disrespect to those of you who love it, but I just dread going to class every day. What is going on with me?
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    Umm noo. You will stil have to do all of those things when your an RN. Honestly you may want to reconcider nursing schoool and nursing as a career especially if you are uncomfortable touching people. As an RN you will have to touch people in order to do some of the above as well as assessments. You will also need to administer medications and some of them will be rectal or vaginal.

    Sweetooth
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    Don't give up! Nursing assistant classes are notoriously boring, but the information is just essential, so you bear up under it!
    I love being a NA, but there is nothing enjoyable about fecal impactions, shampoos and baths, diapers and just good ol' hard work.
    You just have to turn your head around the other way for a minute. It is not the tasks themselves, it is the person who benefits from the action. If you focus on the comfort and well fair of the the patient, you will hardly notice the smells and the yuck. Just imagine what it would be like to be impacted, with dirty hair and a soiled diaper, unable to even shift your weight enough to prevent a sore, and you will find that protecting that persons health will be your job, not the stuff that is necessary to achieve that. Does that make sense?
    Next thing you know, you will be on a crusade to improve patient care!:spin:
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    That is all part of nursing. You may not have to do it all the time, but will have to do it. I remember the first time I "dug out" someone, I walked up to the DON and asked her what the heck did I go into nursing for. YUCK, YUCK, AND MORE YUCK. But then as chadash stated what if the tables were turned and you were the one that needed assistance, you would want someone to help you. The smell and ickiness doesn't last forever. Also I don't think any nurses enjoy most of the icky jobs and if they say they do, they're fibbing (sp), but it is part of the job. As for chadash, I wish I worked with more CNA's that have your mentality. You sound like an excellent aid, who is in this strange career we call nursing for all the right reasons.
    Last edit by jb2u on May 7, '07 : Reason: edited posters name out of post
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    Maybe you should rethink your career path. Some people just aren't cut out for nursing, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Shoot, I was an elementary ed major my freshman year of college, and boy howdy, I am NOT cut out to be a teacher! It's better to get out now than go through years of school, spending all that money and totally hating your job. God made us all love different things so that everything gets done. I wish you the best!
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    I retched even at the smell of urine at first. I now can deal with urine, poop, vomit, etc. I used peppermint oil smeared under my nose --and sometimes a mask. --Nothing wrong with being careful, especially if working with someone with C-Diff, etc. Now, I don't use the peppermint oil --don't really need it. I focus on getting the pt cleaned up and feeling better.

    I thought at first that I'd never get used to it. But I did. You will, too.

    I wear gloves as a matter of routine. You should protect yourself and the patient. --You could pick up a (dangerous) staph infection if you have a small cut or two (which I usually do) on your hands.
    Last edit by RNfaster on May 4, '07 : Reason: added another paragraph
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    HI! I am going to be taking a cna class this summer. Why would Bella teacher get ticked off if she wanted to wear a mask? Isnt that a good idea? Is it ok for a cna to wear a mask when dealing with bodily fluid? or is it not allowed? I wouldnt want to get hit in the face with that by accident.
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    Quote from BellaBloo
    I am so upset and don't know exactly what to do. I am four weeks into my CNA I class (required to start RN school, which I am scheduled for in August). Clinicals start in 2 more weeks and I am skeeved out! I don't like touching people and am absolutely disgusted at the idea of wahing people's hair, giving massages w/o gloves (who is doing this for me???), bathing them, and especially cleaning up thier poop (my teacher got mad at me for asking if I cold wear a mask while doing this). When I found out about removing fecal impactions, well that sent me over the edge. Class is also very boring! I just don't know if this is for me. Will it get better when I am an RN, or is this all it is? I am sorry and mean no disrespect to those of you who love it, but I just dread going to class every day. What is going on with me?
    Sweetie, Get out now, . What guided you to the nursing field? I'm sure there's something out there your heart will love. My dad told me this as a kid, find something you really enjoy doing, that way all the exernal things will not interfere. I can honestly say, I still enjoy nursing & still can come to work with a smile,
    Last edit by Treasure30 on May 4, '07 : Reason: forgot to sign
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    It is not required or advised to wear a mask unless there is a suspicion of splashing, like with blood itself...but the mask is not needed in order to wash a patient, change diapers or dressings. I do think that you should make yourself experience this through your CNA clinical before you drop the gun. This will ultimately make you decide if nursing is for you. As an RN or LPN, there will be VERY intimate things you may have to perform for patients. You may be able to build a tolerance to the things that you fear and you may also develop enough empathy for the patient to be able to perform these tasks gladly rather than with tepidation.
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    Quote from sonoran
    I retched even at the smell of urine at first. I now can deal with urine, poop, vomit, etc. I used peppermint oil smeared under my nose --and sometimes a mask. --Nothing wrong with being careful, especially if working with someone with C-Diff, etc. Now, I don't use the peppermint oil --don't really need it. I focus on getting the pt cleaned up and feeling better.

    I thought at first that I'd never get used to it. But I did. You will, too.

    I wear gloves as a matter of routine. You should protect yourself and the patient. --You could pick up a (dangerous) staph infection if you have a small cut or two (which I usually do) on your hands.
    You get to the point where you smell urine like a fine wine: fruity with a hint of pecan, heady aroma....


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