Do we need to get naked on classroom?
- 0Jan 29, '04 by jor_g0Hi everyeone...
I would like to be a nurse but i'm a very shy person, i heard that we have to get naked on the classroom? why is that? what do they make us do? Do they make us get naked with girls and guys together?
Hehe thanks for the help...
- 1Jan 29, '04 by elkparkWhen I started teaching in an ADN program in '94, there was an old battle-axe faculty member who was making the first-year student strip down to panties only to practice bed baths on each other in skills lab (while you were the "patient" in the bed, that is, not walking around with the basin of water!). When I found out about that, I raised a stink and put a stop to it. While nursing school _does_ involve a fair amount of practicing skills on each other (esp. early in the program), there's no legitimate reason to be exposed beyond a hospital gown over underclothes, or shorts and sports bra, as athomas91 mentioned.
- 0Jan 29, '04 by LeesieBugThe most intimate thing on our agenda is breast exams. I think it is ridiculous that they have us do them on each other, as I find it bizarre to examine my classmates breasts. I recently found out that they do not have a problem with us refusing to participate in that particular activity.
For bed baths, we were supposed to wear bathing suits, but most of us wound up just bathing our extremities while clothed, and simulating the other areas.
By the way, you are not naked for anything. Only the area being evaluated should be exposed. In a clinical setting, providing privacy and discretion is key, so why would the skills lab be any different?Last edit by LeesieBug on Jan 29, '04
- 0Jan 29, '04 by Ted, BSN, RNDuring my "advanced assessment" for the BSN, we had to be topless in order to draw the lung fields on each other's chest and back. (There was not toplessness for my ASN program.)
I was the only male.
For that most dreaded day (no one was looking forward to being topless for this particular assignment) I was late to class. I was the second to last to come to class that night. When I arrived, all of my female class mates had already paired off. The only other class-mate left to come to class that night was a semi-retired 60+ year old nursing administrator. She already had her MSN and only took this class purely for her own benefit.
By default, she was to be my partner.
And to be honest with you all, I was more nervous than she was. My hand actually shook when it came time to draw the lung fields on her back. . . then her front!
And then it was time for me to take off MY shirt for her to draw on me!!! I was not happy for anyone to see my growing pot belly!
In the end, all went well. We both were professional with the whole deal. And it was a non-negotionable (sp??) deal: EVERYONE had to do this! And we both received good marks for the assignment.
- 0Jan 29, '04 by huggietoesThey can not make you undress or even allow another student to 'practice' assessment on you. You have the right to medical confidentiality. My instructors always asked for volunteers for assessment, for breast exam we had the "rubber boobs" with various sized 'tumors' to find on eval. Also women's health clinic and gyn to practice on a real pt. No need to embarrass a fellow student.
- 0Jan 29, '04 by Ted, BSN, RNThey can not make you undress or even allow another student to 'practice' assessment on you.
Mind you, this was over 8 years ago. A lot could have happened since then. But to say flat out that no one can make you undress can be a bit misleading. It all depends on the nursing program's policies and whether or not one wants to graduate with their "higher" degree if such a policy exists.
Of course one can always flat out refuse to accept this type of policy. . . and find another nursing program. But the nursing program I went to was the best and the most affordable around. And I traveled over 70 miles one way to go there.