Embarassing question to all experienced nurses. - page 2

Ok.......don't laugh but I do have a question. I am starting nursing school in April. This has been a life long dream of mine. My question is how do you deal with patients when they have accidents. (... Read More

  1. by   Stargazer
    adellis, I had a hard time with teeth too! Mouth care (especially when other nurses aren't being too conscientous about it) can be icky. Brushing someone's crusty old stained smelly dentures seriously makes me gag. I have to look away and kind of do it by feel.
  2. by   buck227
    For the benefit of you BSN people

    First you get some wash cloths and towels together along with some clean linens and a skin care kit if you have one. Explain to the patient what you are going to do and provide for privacy. Clean the front first and then call for lifting help if the patient can't turn self. Roll the patient on his/her side and place a towel over the soiled area. Clean front to back with warm soapy water. Dry and apply some powder. Inspect the area for skin breakdown. Follow your institutions policy for skin breakdown if you find the skin is compromised. place clean linens under patient.

    The first time is always a little uncomfortable. It is very important that you leave the patient on clean dry linens. It is also important that you remain professional. You have to remember, no one messes themselves on purpose, the patient is more uncomfortable than you are and what you are doing is going to make them feel better.

    Don't forget to wear gloves and wash your hands.

    Originally posted by micknmel:
    Ok.......don't laugh but I do have a question. I am starting nursing school in April. This has been a life long dream of mine. My question is how do you deal with patients when they have accidents. ( ya know bowel movements). I know.....Geeeez. I am thinking to myself how am I going to deal with this. I can handle blood and pretty much everything but this I am not sure....Did anybody else feel this way. Just thinking of it....makes me.....well you know....
  3. by   2ndCareerRN
    For the benefit of you BSN people
    Thanks for the info buck. Reading that opening reminded me of a saying I know...If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. And the way you prefaced your reply shows that you are probably part of the problem. I often wonder who the elitists really are! If you have a problem with the ability of the BSN's you work with I would suggest that it may be in part because of your attitude towards the BSN prepared nurse, which I would bet shows in your everday working relationships. I mention only the nurses you work with because I just know you did not mean to make such a generalized condemnation of every BSN in the world....or did you?


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    Haji

    We live in an age that if you order a pizza delivered to your house and call 911 at the same time to report a life or death situation....my money is on the pizza arriving first! Learn to protect yourself, become a wolf among the sheep!
  4. by   Hinsmc
    I am entering nursing school this fall and the one thing that is really making me worried is cleaning poop. I guess it goes with the territory. After all I had to go through with all the prerequisites I've taken I can't let something like that stop me, but it's on my mind.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Oh, please don't revisit the BSN vs ADN post again - I'm bored. An RN is an RN - good ones, bad ones, etc.. LET IT REST, Please.

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