I'm not "WIPING BUTTS" - page 4

I know there have been numerous threads about this already, but this is more for a "vent" then a discussion/debate. I have a friend who is currently a medical assistant. She wants to go to nursing... Read More

  1. by   Happeetxn
    Quote from Daywalker
    Okay. I'm a lab assistant, and I have helped patients toilet, washed backs, dressed, undressed, set up meal trays, and wiped up urine. NONE of those things are in my "job description", but the pt needed these things done, and I was the one there, so...
    Just in case you haven't heard this before now................Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to do something that wasn't in your job description and help a patient out because they needed help. I wish there were more nurses, techs, etc who had this attitude. Again,Thank you.
    Craig
  2. by   nightbychoice
    Gotta laugh at the idea of a nurse that won't wipe butts.......:smackingf
    ahhhh the energy this woman will spend trying to find someone else to do this will be enormous.
    I agree with the time will tell posts......she won't get out of wiping butts for long.....she will either quit the profession or be so exhausted from walking around searching for someone to do something that is "not her job" that she will give in and become "one of us"!!! :yeahthat:

    Life is short eat dessert first....live right,eat well and exercise die anyway!
  3. by   Happeetxn
    Quote from neeniebean
    I felt the same way!!
    I don't think anyone's goal in life is to be a butt-wiper, but it comes with the territory. But, i don't think you fully appreciate the significance of what you're doing until you have to do it. In theory, it's just gross, but in practice you're making someone's life a little bit better- in both comfort and hygiene.
    I am no fan of poop. There is nothing about cleaning butts / poo that I enjoy....................except knowing that I helped someone feel better, made them more comfortable, let them know that "I understand this is embarrassing but we'll get you cleaned up here in no time and you can visit with your family, go back to sleep, etc......." It is the internal reward of knowing that I did something for someone who was / is incapable of doing for themselves and it benefited them. In saying all of this I am just agreeing with neenie and what her(?) comment was.Craig
  4. by   KayceeLeeRN
    Quote from maryloufu
    I'm not "WIPING BUTTS"
    I'm protecting the integrity of my patient's perianal area.
    amen to that
  5. by   brendamyheart
    Quote from gitterbug
    Hear this everyday from the younger nurses. Just smile and remember, every dog has it's day.
  6. by   colleennurse
    I don't think anyone likes to clean up poop, but come on....think of how embarressed the patients must feel. My mom was very sick when I was young and she had sore all in her peri area, she has told me before how thankful she was that the nurses/techs cleaned her up and changed dressings, and how mortified she was. No matter how yucky something looks/smells, I always think to myself how that person is feeling as I am cleaning it up. After all they probably wouldn't be hospitilized if they didn't need the help
  7. by   99RosesRN
    :angryfire This mentality is so hard to take!! :angryfire If you can't bring yourself to wipe my butt, please, get out of my face! Nursing is a calling, a noble and caring profession. Florence Nightengale certainly did not need to be knee deep in blood, guts and pestilence she chose to be for the sake of the soldiers. She is the role model for our professison, Remember?
  8. by   KayceeLeeRN
    Quote from nurse2be1206
    I know there have been numerous threads about this already, but this is more for a "vent" then a discussion/debate. I have a friend who is currently a medical assistant. She wants to go to nursing school, to make more money. I have no problem with anyone wanting to make a better living. I suggested to her the other day that she consider working in a hospital to gain some experience and see what the "real world" of nursing is about. She replied that she would love to but she "doesn't want to wipe butts for a fulltime job." I told her she better not go to nursing school
    She claims that she will deal with the "butt wiping" for school, but not as a fulltime job! I mean WHAT DO YOU THINK NURSES DO!?!?!??!?! Prance around in cute uniforms and hand out meds?????? This is NOT the glamorous life!!! It is dirty, filthy, smelly, sometimes just plan disgusting, but it is HUMANITY. She seems to think that once she is a nurse she doesn't have to assist patients with ADL's because thats "not her job." I can't tell you how many bedpans and "butts I have wiped" in the past week. No, its not my priority, but am I going to walk away from a patient when they ask for a bedpan when it only takes 2 seconds??? NO! I'm SORRY but I don't think we need people in nursing with this mentality of being "above that." If you can't see passed the BUTT WIPING and see it for what really is...which is giving a human being their DIGNITY and RESPECT than you DO NOT BELONG HERE!!!!!!!
    I guess I should just let it go and let her be ignorant. I doubt she'll make it passed the first semester with that attitude anyway.

    UPDATE: today she further explains to me that she wants to do something "upscale" when she becomes a nurse..... I mean WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN!?!?!? "nurse" and "upscale" are NOT two words that correlate! I guess she thinks that the richer you are the more pleasant your bodily fluids??? :chuckle

    ughh, society has such a DISTORTED view of nursing. For now on, I'm just going to nod and smile :spin:
  9. by   Tweety
    Quote from nurse2be1206
    UPDATE: today she further explains to me that she wants to do something "upscale" when she becomes a nurse..... I mean WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN!?!?!? "nurse" and "upscale" are NOT two words that correlate! I guess she thinks that the richer you are the more pleasant your bodily fluids??? :chuckle

    ughh, society has such a DISTORTED view of nursing. For now on, I'm just going to nod and smile :spin:
    Sounds like a good way of dealing with it. It's too aggravating otherwise....upscale indeed.
  10. by   txspadequeenRN
    she has a reality check on the way!!!


    Quote from nurse2be1206
    update: today she further explains to me that she wants to do something "upscale" when she becomes a nurse..... i mean what the hell does that mean!?!?!? "nurse" and "upscale" are not two words that correlate! i guess she thinks that the richer you are the more pleasant your bodily fluids??? :chuckle

    ughh, society has such a distorted view of nursing. for now on, i'm just going to nod and smile :spin:
  11. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    she has a reality check on the way!!!

    and if for no other reason than that, you can nod & smile!
  12. by   santhony44
    I'd love to know what 'upscale' means. Advanced practice?

    Is she under the delusion that NPs, midwives, or CRNAs don't do anything "hands on?"

    In fact, someone mentioned earlier that the NP role is one in which nurses don't do much hands on. I'm an NP, and I disagree.

    No, I may not clean BM very much. I do things like female pelvic exams, male and female rectal exams, clean ear wax out of ears, remove various objects from various body orfices (including "forgotten" tampons), do breast exams which include palpating for axillary nodes, do male hernia exams, do diabetic foot exams, and basically "look, listen, and feel" all day.

    I also get to hear a lot of very personal intimate details about lots of things I don't particularly wish to know.


    CRNA's get to poke tubes into people, not to mention get to be responsible for seeing that their patients wake up after surgery.

    You can't get much more 'hands on' than the Nurse Midwife I once saw up to her elbow inside a fresh postpartum patient, doing massage on a floppy uterus while the patient bled more than anybody else I've ever seen, including an arterial laceration.

    Too, just because you see your patients in a clinic or office and not a hospital doesn't mean that they all come in fresh as a daisy, either. On occasion I've had to leave the exam room door open to be able to breathe and not gag.

    Doesn't feel real 'upscale' to me.
  13. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from santhony44
    I'd love to know what 'upscale' means. Advanced practice?

    Is she under the delusion that NPs, midwives, or CRNAs don't do anything "hands on?"

    In fact, someone mentioned earlier that the NP role is one in which nurses don't do much hands on. I'm an NP, and I disagree.

    No, I may not clean BM very much. I do things like female pelvic exams, male and female rectal exams, clean ear wax out of ears, remove various objects from various body orfices (including "forgotten" tampons), do breast exams which include palpating for axillary nodes, do male hernia exams, do diabetic foot exams, and basically "look, listen, and feel" all day.

    I also get to hear a lot of very personal intimate details about lots of things I don't particularly wish to know.

    Doesn't feel real 'upscale' to me.
    I'm not an NP but I have worked in a clinic with NPs (community health ctr)and can testify that there is still plenty of stuff happenin' that no one would consider 'upscale.' Of all the things santhony mentioned, I think ear wax was my least favorite.

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