Originally posted by MsPurp
I wondered if I truly wanted to be a nurse after I spent hours giving bedbaths, learning how to transfer patients mechanically, and just generally caring for people who were so obviously neglected.
Hopefully you'll have a kinder and gentler experience (and a supportive instructor wouldn't hurt). I was so glad when those 6 weeks were over and we moved to the hospital. What a relief!
If I could have spent my first hours giving bed baths I think that would have helped! No bed baths here... this patient needed the whole enchilada. Wake patient, change diaper, Transfer from bed to wheelchair, colostomy care, shower, (all the time the patient is fighting and twice my size) then on to breakfast... Meanwhile, when you found a moment to breath (after colostomy care it was gag) change the patients linens, then run back and hand feed her... which she would not eat and every time I tried she threatened to bite... I had no clue. I was so out of my depth so to speak. A BED BATH??? I WOULD HAVE LOVED THAT! I could have done all of that in her bed and it would have been great. But Noooo had to move her against her will all over the facility. In her notes it said she preferred to stay in her room for care... but my instructor wanted different
But you give me hope... there is light after the tunnel? I was actually told that this is NOT one of the better facilities for LTC so I can only hope that other facilities treat pts better. If I get that dependent, kill me. Please. BTW -- this was not a private facility which is why I probably got what I did-- patients didn't pay the government did.
Which makes it so much worse -- OMG -- realizing that people are "housed" this way, only getting care by student nurses without a clue!??
My instructor said get her out of her room (she meant community shower, rec room, etc) soooooo... On the bright side, i checked her chart -- she had not been OUTSIDE in any time I could find. So, I put her in a wheelchair, and I took her OUTSIDE the doors. I wheeled her by those wonderful gardens they have so visitors don't feel so bad, all those trees they have so nicely growing... which residents NEVER see .. by the flowers... up the sidewalk. She didn't fight at all then... but I got in trouble for WASTING TIME. Heck, I just needed some fresh air (I was with another student and her ward having wheelchair races up the sidewalk).
I have never felt so degraded in my life having done what I did for this lady unable to do for herself. BUT I do not regret wasting that time with her. And my instructor was p*ss*d off so I had to do the patient with the bowel problem...