Scared Of Poop!!!!!!!!! Help!!!!!!! - page 5

I'm starting my nursing program on Jan.25th, and i'm really, really excited. Ever since I can remember I've always dreamed about being a nurse. I'm a medical assitant at a cardiologist office and I... Read More

  1. by   jla623
    I have the same sentiments toward poop and I was scared to death of it. Fortunately I semi-got-over-it. I am in my first semester and on my SECOND day of clinical I had to assist 3 others in giving a bed bath to a 400 lb screaming woman with fecal matter all over her entire back. It looked like the amount of poop an elephant might produce.... While holding her up while someone else wiped, I was gagging and vomited in my mouth and ended up swallowing it. It was very traumatic. I think after doing that I can handle any poop now! haha
  2. by   baldee
    Quote from jla623
    I have the same sentiments toward poop and I was scared to death of it. Fortunately I semi-got-over-it. I am in my first semester and on my SECOND day of clinical I had to assist 3 others in giving a bed bath to a 400 lb screaming woman with fecal matter all over her entire back. It looked like the amount of poop an elephant might produce.... While holding her up while someone else wiped, I was gagging and vomited in my mouth and ended up swallowing it. It was very traumatic. I think after doing that I can handle any poop now! haha
    Can you please give us an example of an RN analysis of the poop texture, which gave you insight into the patients health that ultimately leads to a proactive plan for a speedy recovery? Exact texture descriptions and play-by-play analyses please
  3. by   sjaubert
    Maybe its basic but a lot of nurses i work with especially new have to ask more questions. If you think us oldsters will laugh maybe we won't and so what if a few do. Specifically some pointers on cleaning crap-if it smells too bad put on a mask and use the pad or something to cover it up quickly. I also can't tell you how irritating it is for betty joe new nurse to be so immaculate in trying to clean someone perfectly who has diarrhea while i'm holding the person. I know they do this to appear so concerned but have some mercy on the other caregiver and you also get more respect when you deal with it. Crapping is a fact of life and a lot of new nurses have a tough time dealing with it. Steve
    Last edit by donsterRN on Mar 29, '08 : Reason: Personal attack...
  4. by   imanedrn
    Quote from sjaubert
    Crapping is a fact of life and a lot of new nurses have a tough time dealing with it.
    HAHA! I love this!

    I think we become immune to our own smell though... :stone
  5. by   nursemike
    Quote from ranaazha
    HAHA! I love this!

    I think we become immune to our own smell though... :stone
    While this does seem to be generally true, I've seen occassions where patients have been offended by the odor of their own BM. (They weren't alone!) Actually, at the risk of TMI, there have been times I've asked myself, "What the heck did I eat, yesterday?" and resolved to avoid it in the future.
  6. by   Katie B
    Hey Mike...I`ve been a nurse in geriatrics (mostly) for 25 years. It is scary (the poop thing) I never had children so I didn`t have the "diaper" experience. I think everyone after I few years develops something that basically grosses them out. We`re not saints or supernatural creatures. My thing after 25 years is pee and trach secretions. I`ve had to clean out my septic drain too many times to worry about poop. The human body is a factory you`re such diaposing of the waste products....or you can wear a mask with some Vicks under your nose. As an friend of mine does with the trach.....Good luck and welcome aboard!!
  7. by   sleepyRN2
    i am somewhat less scared of someone else's poop, but then again the first one wasn't that bad at all...although when i first smelled it, i blurted something which caught the attention of the cna, in turn illicited a not very happy response from her, as i scared her thinking the patient fell on the floor or something. anyway it was a learning experience, however here hoping to do it a few more times just to make sure i have gotten over my inordinate fear of poop. m
  8. by   dotherightthing
    On the subject of poop...it has different meanings to different patients, in different situations and it's just part of the job.

    I worked neuro at a children's hospital and came across one of the ugliest RNs I've ever met.

    An autistic kid, about 5 years old-didn't respond to human contact-had a BM-got into his diaper. His nurse found him laughing and happily smearing it all over himself and the crib. It was truly a mess but this kid never laughed so it was a joy to see him.

    Disgusted, she said "Uh, it's like-I can't stand this kid" and was being pretty mean with him while cleaning him up. I just double-gowned and gloved up and told her I'd clean him and his bed.

    Look at it from this autistic kid's point of view. He, for whatever reason, didn't respond to interaction but he finds something brown, warm, smelly, gooey-this stimulated his senses.

    That RN should have been able to deal with that. She did not last long on that unit, maybe she found a cleaner, neater area to work in.
  9. by   NewYorkGirl
    I was so worried about the poop thing when I started school (I'm graduating in 6 weeks with my BSN, finally!) that I got hypnotherapy to help me keep my nausea at bay...

    I'm starting work as a telemetry nurse on July 7th, and I'm still worried about the whole Icky factor... but when I was doing my med-surg rotation we had a patient vomit, and I went in and cleaned it up no problem... but when the patient pooped, I was gagging... my professor admitted that while poop doesn't bother her, just seeing vomit makes her gag! So everyone has "something"... another nurse i met gagged at a patient's hangnail!! LOL

    I do worry about how I'll be able to handle the smells of nursing when i get pregnant....
  10. by   Smckee1009
    Poop is a part of human nature and at time you may have to deal with it in your nursing career. You may have to focus on what you are doing but allow you mind to not look as you dealing with poop. Children poop is no different than adult poop it just in bigger form at times.
  11. by   chevyv
    Cleaning a person up is nothing. If you're scared of poop in that regard, wait until your emptying a colostomy bag! Honestly, it does pass and there will be lots of other things that you'll have the chance to be grossed out about. The good thing is that you will hopefully have your first with a patient who can stand so you can wipe. Then they can't see your face and you'll have a moment to compose yourself. After a few times, you'll be a pro! Good luck to you
  12. by   labrador4122
    Quote from nursingstudent424
    I'm starting my nursing program on Jan.25th, and i'm really, really excited. Ever since I can remember I've always dreamed about being a nurse. I'm a medical assitant at a cardiologist office and I love working hands on and I love my patients to the point that I can't wait until I become a RN and work at a hospital. During orientation we were told that our first practice cite will be at a nursing home . One thing I'm actually not looking forward to doing is looking at poop!!! I could deal with blood, I can deal with pee, but i'm actually scared of my reaction to looking at poop and changing patients, I'm scared I might
    I've changed a childs diaper before and i've had no problem...but I have never changed a adults diaper nor smelled or been up close and personal to it. I'm so afraid of how i'm going to react to it...does anyone ever felt this way? Does anyone have some advice or suggestions??? Is it true that it's just like changing a child. I'm scared of the smell and how i would react to it. HELP!!!! i feel recidiculous...:trout:

    are you scared of your own poop??
  13. by   rplf29
    I have read many articles , comments and issues (and still ryt now) here at this ALLNURSES.COM SITE.. and because i want to know many things about Nursing.. even though im not yet a nursing student (just graduated high school)... i am reacting nursing is a stressy but FUN course. i dont mean that a poop is a fun one but im saying that when you take up nursing ... it is an on-going learning process.. You learn everyday from the people around you.. thats why i want to take this up.. I am thinking of the many uncomfortable things behing Nursing... like the poop thing... but even though it is irritating, i see it as an experience.. and by the way.. cleaning those patient's p***, will be remarkable for them you made them happy at the end of the day.. you will also be the one to make your day..

    my first impression, very irritating.. but i wish to help people.. so its fine for me.. ill take that opportunity but it is better if not. hehe

    im scared too. but ill try my very best to serve patients..

    but first of all i like to be a good nurse someday..

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