Do Rns Clean The Urine And Bowels

  1. Hi Everybody,

    Im New To This Site. I Have A Bs In Biology And Thinking For Absn ( Accelerated Bsn) . I Have A Question, What Exactly Is The Duty Of A Rn ( Who's Done Absn) . Does She/he Need To Clean The Urine/stool Of Patient Too ? Or They Just Check The Vitals, Give Medicine, Start Drip, Manage Ivs, Manage Injections ? Is It All A Rn With Accelerated Bsn Do? Please Help.

    Thanks
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  2. 63 Comments

  3. by   Nemhain
    It doesn't matter what degree you have ASN, BSN, or MSN. If you're an RN working on the floor you're gonna be dealing with urine and feces... a lot.
  4. by   hikernurse
    You bet we clean up poop :-).

    Basically, nurses do for patients what they can't do for themselves--sometimes that involves treatments and sometimes it means cleaning up urine/stool/vomit. It's really not a big deal; just a job that needs to be done.
  5. by   Dashing
    Thanks for ur reply first. next, how do u clean up , i mean using cotton to clean patients body ( private parts) ? next the poop in the bed pan , how do u remove the poop from the pan ( the poop sticks to the pan so how u remove the poop from the pan to the commode ? ).... Next, is there any specialty in nursing that has little dealing with poop and urine ? Do u wear gloves to clean?

    Thank u all for ur replies in advance. i feel grateful to u all.
    Last edit by Dashing on Nov 5, '06
  6. by   WOLFE
    We do it all........that is part of nursing. Taking care of the patient..entirely...not just medications, vital signs and charting.
  7. by   anne74
    It sounds like you may have a very naive and narrow view of what nursing involves. You should shadow a nurse during her/his shift. And for most - if not all - accelerated programs, you need to have a previous bachelor's degree.

    And - yes - all RN's in bedside nursing (associate's, bachelor's or master's even) have to deal with bodily fluids.
  8. by   Grace Oz
    ).... Next, is there any specialty in nursing that has little dealing with poop and urine ?
    I'm thinking you might be better off considering another career!
    Poop & pee=part of the profession!
  9. by   TazziRN
    Quote from Dashing
    Thanks for ur reply first. next, how do u clean up , i mean using cotton to clean patients body ( private parts) ? next the poop in the bed pan , how do u remove the poop from the pan ( the poop sticks to the pan so how u remove the poop from the pan to the commode ? ).... Next, is there any specialty in nursing that has little dealing with poop and urine ? Do u wear gloves to clean?

    Thank u all for ur replies in advance. i feel grateful to u all.
    Pardon me for asking, but do you have a fascination with bedpan contents?
  10. by   Dashing
    Plzzzzzzzzz u all , do not take me wrong . I wanted to know the details for my general information. and after all , its only a question. everyone is welcome to provide the info , but if u cant answer thats fine too,

    thanks.
  11. by   anne74
    Even if you are well-meaning, your questions are bizarre. I doubt anyone will provide you with a response regarding your specific poop/pee questions. If you have an A or B (or whatever) in biology, you should be able to figure these simple things out. You bathe and toliet yourself daily, right? Not much different than that.

    Again, if you truly want to find the answers to these questions, shadow a nurse during their shift.
  12. by   DeLana_RN
    Quote from Dashing
    ... Next, is there any specialty in nursing that has little dealing with poop and urine ? ...
    Yes, there are (e.g., management), however to get there you will have to make it through nursing school and most likely other areas of nursing that require total patient care.

    Pp have given you good advice - shadowing a nurse would be a good idea.

    Good luck!

    DeLana
  13. by   BabyRN2Be
    Dashing, I know that I answered one of your questions in another post of yours, and I REALLY want to reiterate: you really need to take the time and research nursing. All nurses clean up after bowel movements, urine, vomit, blood and through your training, you WILL come into contact with bodily fluids on a daily basis. All nurses do. Unless you are in advanced practice, this is not something that you can get out of. You seem to have a rather skewed view of nursing. As I said in my other post, PLEASE, PLEASE take some time to research all that a nurse does rather than make a decision because it's November 2006. You also need to search your motives on WHY you want to become a nurse. Just curious, why do you want to become a nurse? And why does it have to be NOW?
  14. by   augigi
    Are you kidding? If not, I'd like one of those jobs which have no contact with bodily fluids too, please!

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