Don't wanna always give baths, clean up feces, etc., where to work? - page 5

In clinicals we just give baths, clean up poop and puke, and feed patients. I honestly want nothing to do with this once I'm a nurse, so, where/what floors can I work on as a new grad, in order to... Read More

  1. by   Ms Kylee
    Get a job as a jail med nurse.. all you do is pass pills and take inmate's BS....
  2. by   Anjann
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    This crap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1-uMKg86Ck

    Exciting and glamourous... not a one wrinkled and covered in bodily fluids, hair standing on end, hopping about because they haven't pee'd in 12 hours....
    This one!
  3. by   RNAnnjeh
    Need to remember that we choose to be nurses and we choose where we want to work. Patients do not get to choose when they get sick, how sick they are, and what bits their body would like to lose control of. I'm sure if they had the choice, they wouldn't choose to have someone have to clean up their body fluids.

    Our patients have to trust that we will care for them in a dignified manner. Yes, I've cleaned some stuff up that 10 years later I can still smell. But no matter how much I didn't like it, the patient didn't like it even more.

    After my first clinical placement, I really started to second-guess my decision. But in the end, I realized that being a nurse isn't about what you do, it's how you do it.

    As someone else said, being a nurse means you treat the entire patient, poop and all. It's amazing what people remember when after they've gone home.....it's an honour to hear someone say "that's the nurse who took the time to give me a bath. I really needed that." Someday, that will mean a lot to you.
  4. by   Ms Kylee
    I truly don't mind giving baths... I had one patient who came in late night and I was on daylights. After her breakfast, I came in and asked her if she was ready for her bath. Her response? "Oh, Honey, I was hoping you would ask me. I didn't get one from the nurses last night." (never mind that baths are a daylight task, but we'll let that slide). I gave her a bath, and later that afternoon when I went in to get her vitals, she had visitors. First thing out of her mouth when she saw me was "This is the nice lady that gave me a bath this morning". Such a little and simple thing, but it made her happy. And she wouldn't let anyone bathe her but me.
  5. by   EmmaG
    Quote from Anjann
    This one!
    Oh, yeah LOL.

    Sheesh. My short-term memory is shrinking by the minute...

    See what nursing does to ya? A mind is a terrible thing to waste
  6. by   Semperdave
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    Seriously... you've got to learn to love your inner poo. Celebrate the poo. Embrace the poo.


    It's all about the poo.
    Thanks EG,
    That gives new meaning to "The Tao of Pooh"
  7. by   BSN06HH
    Quote from Djuna
    I can understand why nurses don't want to get their hands dirty so to speak. Historically having a university degree gave you a certain standing and within that you could expect status. When you have that status you don't expect to do 'dirty' work like cleaning up faeces and vomit.

    It ultimately comes down to expectations but unfortunately dealing with vomit, sputum, faeces, and other bodily expectorates, is part of nursing. But hey, doctors deal with that stuff too so don't feel too bad.
    I can kinda see what you are talking about. When my friends and I get together and talk about our jobs (we all went to college together and have bachelor's degrees in various fields), my friends in science, teaching, and mostly business are disgusted by what nurses have to do. They always say "Thank God there are people that are willing to do that". Most people that graduate with a bachelor's degree don't think they will have to do grunt work and deal with all the gross bodily functions that most people don't even want to know about. Unfortunately, being a nurse means dealing with these things and most of us knew that going in. It is just one of those sacrifices we make when we become a nurse and many people look down on us having to deal with poop, like that is the only thing we do. That is why being a nurse requires perserverence and a desire to really make a difference and help others. Yes, we see people at their worst but we also get to see people at some of the most inspiring and wonderful times. Being a nurse (and CNA) takes a special person and I admire all those who have done this (most of the time) thankless job for many years. I hope I can last that long. God bless u all :spin:
    Last edit by BSN06HH on Nov 9, '07 : Reason: typo
  8. by   meimeiy
    Before I started nursing, I couldn't imagine cleaning something's poo poo. Now, it's just part of the job and I don't think twice about it. Once in a while, the stink would make me want to throw up. The most important thing I know is I am meeting the patient's most basic needs. I don't enjoy bathing patients but I love how it provides comfort. And when they smile and looked refreshed, it maked ME feels so good. That makes me happy.

    A few psych patients I had, threw feces at me. So, someone has to clean them up. LOL.
  9. by   Cattitude
    Quote from kellykul
    The only bodily function I can envison a doctor having any part of blood and that's because they're a surgeon..
    In the hospital I used to work for, ONLY MD's were allowed to disimpact patients. So when we had an uncomfortable pt. that had not had a BM in several days and nothing else had worked, it was time to page the MD.

    I kind of enjoyed making that call, I'm evil .
    If the nurse wasn't busy, she might help the Doc. Maybe!
  10. by   swee2000
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    Seriously... you've got to learn to love your inner poo. Celebrate the poo. Embrace the poo.


    It's all about the poo.

    I couldn't have said it better myself. :spin:
  11. by   EmmaG
    Quote from meimeiy

    A few psych patients I had, threw feces at me. So, someone has to clean them up. LOL.
    Well, there ya go, yet another advantage to nursing.

    Between the flung poo and spurting blood and projectile vomiting and flying loogies, I've developed cat-like reflexes that are the envy of all my friends.
  12. by   RN1989
    Quote from Cattitude
    In the hospital I used to work for, ONLY MD's were allowed to disimpact patients. So when we had an uncomfortable pt. that had not had a BM in several days and nothing else had worked, it was time to page the MD.
    Ok, now I'm breaking commandments because I am SO jealous of that and wish I had worked there. The first time my arm disappeared with ease in a longterm pt I couldn't believe that dig. stim. and disimpaction were part of my job.

    I still remember the look on the faces of 2 new grads who had never given a suppository. They couldn't believe me that they would "feel and know" how high to go. The looks on their faces when they experienced their first suppository administration was just priceless! I was so bad. I stood there and watched them and even laughed at the look on their faces!
  13. by   MNmom3boys
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    From what I've been seeing, I think it's very true. At least in the US. Things may be different in Oz.
    Hey, as a new grad I have to say that that remark is rather inflammatory.
    I know I will continue to get my hands "dirty" on a regular basis. Not looking forward to it makes me human. Understanding why it is important makes me a professional. Don't tar and feather the whole lot of us because some people's (usually uninformed) perceptions of nursing start threads like this here on a fairly regular basis from what I can see.
    I think the post from the nurse you are replying to gave a wonderful explanation of the value of what we do on a daily basis in caring for peoples most basic needs. That is the type of response that will both educate the public and give the OP the type of information they need to make an informed decision.

    ETA - OK, I just finished reading the rest of thread, and realized someone else already jumped this point. However, my opinion of needing to educate the public and prospective students still stands!
    Last edit by MNmom3boys on Nov 9, '07

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