I'm not "WIPING BUTTS" - page 5

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   Marie_LPN, RN
    I mean WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN!?!?!? "nurse" and "upscale" are NOT two words that correlate!
    Not unless she plans on using 100% silk washrags :lol_hitti .
  2. by   RNsRWe
    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:
    Just smile and nod....that IS the only way to deal with this silliness. Don't get angry, just chuckle to yourself that she is going to have one hell of a brick fall on her head in the form of Reality 101.

    You know, I'd be interested in following her career....after all, if she finds something "upscale" that requires no actual messiness in nursing, I might be inclined to follow! The non-messy jobs are paper-pushers (and she needs to be experienced before doing that anyway). They aren't exactly "upscale"....wonder what she means by that?

    HEY, I'VE GOT IT!!! Guys, the "upscale" nursing job is being a nurse character on a soap opera! You know the ones: perfect makeup that took an hour to apply, perfect hair that could go up in smoke anywhere near an open flame, and perfectly cute "nursey" outfits, LOL!! Yep, sign me up
  3. by   angel337
    Quote from Tweety
    On the other hand, aren't you guys tired of people thinking that's all we do is wipe butts.

    thank you x3 tweety. i take good care of my patients, but i don't consider "wiping butts" as part of my job description. it just comes with bed side nursing. i am an educated professional. i think it is demeaning for any of us (CNA's included) to consider "wiping butts" as an actual job. the statement "WHAT DO YOU THINK NURSES DO!?" is a little irritating to me because we already have a hard enough time just trying to educated the public about our profession. little do people know "wiping butts" is the easy part.
  4. by   CRNI-ICU20
    me thinks she will be wearing more than just egg on her face....ahem.
  5. by   brendamyheart
    Quote from Hopefull2009
    Ok...I have to admit here...that is a huge reason why I want to work with infants...to me, baby diapers, throw up, etc. are different than adult. It's just a "hang-up" of mine...and I am hoping, very sincerely to get over it.

    However, knowing this, if I worked with adults, I also would never, ever accept a job, and expect this task to be 100% delegated to CNA's or especially ask another RN to do it! If you don't expect to do all tasks of the job, then you shouldn't take it.
  6. by   EarthChild1130
    The butt-wiping, I don't mind one little bit...now...anything having to do with a trach or somebody's eyeballs, and I'm gagging...isn't that silly?? However, I WILL do it...and if I can't, I will trade patients with somebody who can...dunno why I have such a thing about trachs and eyeballs..but butts? No problem! LOL

    And I gotta tell ya, psych isn't as 'hands on' as some other stuff, but I have had some nasty stuff thrown at me!:trout:
  7. by   nursemike
    When I was in psych clinicals, I was assigned to a patient so depressed that she wanted to know if she could just go in her brief, instead of getting up to the bathroom. I coaxed, cajolled, and assisted her to the toilet, and cleaned her up, afterward. (In addition to her depression, she had pretty severe Parkinson's, so wiping herself would have been problematic without the depression.)
    Later, in post-conference, I was citing the incident as an example of her lack of energy, and one of my classmates, a young man in his early 20's--a frat rat and usually as un-serious as I was in my early 20's, remarked, "So, basically, you're the only one of us who got to do any 'real nursing' today."
    While I do not endorse the implication that psych nursing interventions are less than "real nursing," I did think it illustrated how much our attitudes had changed over our first year of school.

    I can't say I particularly enjoy wiping butts, but it doesn't often gross me out, it is a good excuse to check a butt, and I do feel a certain pride when prim little old ladies decide they would rather let me help them toilet than wait for an aide or a female nurse. I do wish they'd learn to time their BMs for moments when I didn't have four other things I needed to do. I have a bad feeling that patients get conditioned so that the sight of a nurse entering the room stimulates peristalsis.
  8. by   creature
    I just hope there is a caring, compassionate nurse around when and if I ever need my butt wiped.

    It's annoying to hear that some nurses just go into this field for the money.

    Treat each patient as if they were your parent or relative. That has always been my motto.
  9. by   lovejana22

    me being a nursing student i knew going in that i would have to wipe some ones butt other than my baby! i thought every one going in knew this was a possibility, i guess not. she will learn very quick, and then what will she do?
  10. by   Dinith88
    I'm the first to go chasing after a CNA/NAT when a code-brown developes...or run and hide if someone needs help with one. I abuse cna's/students/nats at times...and do my best to avoid cleaning slop/boogers/etc. whenever possible ...call me a bad nurse. I dont care.

    It's funny, but i can recall at least 3 funny situations related to people in other areas that dont 'deal' with code-browns...

    1) surgical team came and swiped a patient from my unit in a hurry..anesthiologist was jumpy and didnt want to wait around. Found out later the lady exploded all over the table and nearly floated away...poor surgical team.

    2)an RT who was one minute happily saying that she doesnt deal with anything 'below the chest' (meaning poop...this is a popular 'theme' with RT's...who tell themselves this to alleviate their inferiority complex around nurses)...I walked out of the room as she was in the process of suctioning noxious brown booger-snot from a rotten-tooth filled smelly guy. Ummm...

    3)lastly, 2 paramedics came to transport a patient from our unit to another...lady started having continuous watery diahrrea(i still cant spell this). On the way out, the guys were arguing about who was going to drive and who would stay in the back of the rig...(they may have arm-wreestled over rig clean-up!)

    I guess the moral of the story is that unless you work in a nice tidy office-type situation, you cant get away from these (unfortunately necessary) biological processes. You can run...but you cant hide. (though i do my best!)
  11. by   KayceeLeeRN
    Quote from angel337
    thank you x3 tweety. i take good care of my patients, but i don't consider "wiping butts" as part of my job description. it just comes with bed side nursing. i am an educated professional. i think it is demeaning for any of us (CNA's included) to consider "wiping butts" as an actual job. the statement "WHAT DO YOU THINK NURSES DO!?" is a little irritating to me because we already have a hard enough time just trying to educated the public about our profession. little do people know "wiping butts" is the easy part.
    Well, I'm sure you know that I completely agree with you. It's the idea that "wiping butts" is just THAT and nothing more. We as nurses all know that not only is this for comfort, hygeine and dignity, but a very important part of perserving ones skin integrity. I'm coming to terms with the fact that the general population does not understand this. Unfortunately, perineal care is viewed simply and ignorantly as, "WIPING BUTTS". Thus the point of my thread :spin:
  12. by   fultzymom
    Sounds like she will be one of those nurses who think they are above what they call "aide work" et will always call the NA when something needs done no matter how busy the NA is. Man those nurses really drive me crazy. You need to tell her about having to do impaction removal when that happens. That is not wiping butts but something that the NA can not do. I would rather wipe a butt any day over doing a manual fecal removal!!:spin:
  13. by   Nurse2bducky86
    I had a nurse who was to above me do wipe butts few weeks back, we had a pt that had explosive watery diahrrea and I and a float tech (first time we had one of those) was in there 6 hours of the 12 hour shift cleaning her up. I asked him to help me turn her so that i can get her cleaned up after realizing that i could not do this by myself and he then told me to call the float tech (who was getting admits) and then asked me how long I had been working i told him a few months and he then proceded to hunt down the float tech and told her to give ME some pointers on becomming a better nurse!!!:angryfire

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