Quote from Gavsmom
]I am a LPN student & recently started to panic. As far as I can remeber I always wanted to be a nurse but now that reality is setting in & I am in the "frontline" esp with clinicals, I'm not sure if this is for me anymore. I have seen poop thrown at nurses, I have seen nurses put on AIDS meds because they got a needle stick, I have seen mystery fungus' on nurses feet that they have NO IDEA where its from & how it got there. I don't know what to tell myself anymore.
How do you answer someone when they ask you "why wold you put yourself & family at risk by all your exposed to?" Just curious to see what some of you guys say on that one. Thank you so much!! :redpinkhe
I'm sorry, but I got a good laugh after reading this post.
I know it was meant to be serious, but thanks for a laugh
out of my busy stressful life. I've been a nurse for a
year now and have never had poop thrown at me, nor
do I know anybody that has had poop thrown on them.
As far as needle sticks go, you just have to be careful.
That's all there is to that. You knew that from the
beginning. Mystery fungus?? That's a new one on me
as well. Never heard of that. Only thing I can think
of is that nurses wear there shoes for so long that they
begin to sweat in them. I really don't know.
Do you know what you're being exposed to when you
put your hands on a shopping cart at your local walmart
or grocery store. Do you know where that hand as been
that you shake at church? Ask youself these questions.
At the hospital, we KNOW what we are being exposed to.
We know how to protect ourselves with PPE. Google the
top ten germiest jobs and you will find that nursing is not
#1. It's teaching. Do you know what your child is being
exposed to at school?
With all respect, I get what your saying, and it is a reason
to worry, a little enough to BE CAREFUL, but I think you
are over reacting. Also I was told by occupation health
that splashes are more reasons that medical personnel
seek medical attention.
They are much more common than needle sticks. So
protect yourself in this way too. Wear glasses and mask
when dealing with certain pts. And always always always