Quote from futurecnm
i agree, it just isn't really in the scope of a md or pa. i don't think that it isn't that they don't want to help it just isn't done. they probably also aren't really trained on how to do these things and would feel uncomfortable trying to do some of the basic care activities. in general, it is a rn or na job to do these types of things. maybe i'm weird but i would think it would be kind of strange to walk in and see a pa helping a patient on a bedpan.
i wouldn't want
the pa or md to put the pt on the bedpan ... unless they were up for changing the bed afterward,too
i don't say that to be mean or condescending, but lets face it: there is a certain "art" to bedpan use, and you can make quite the mess if you don't do it right.
this is true for other direct-care activities, too. getting the s/p thr out of bed, squeezing a walker into the bathroom.....
they are welcome to refill the water pitcher, or set up the meal tray (won't likely happen, but they are welcome to do it
anything that could make a mess that i'll need to clean up (or write an incident report over, like a fall) -- please, call for the nurse or cna!