Patients' bowel movements don't always coincide with the proximity of the CNA. They do seem to have some sort of attraction to any meal breaks you might get.
This person that does not want to "wipe pt's butts" should reevaluate the career path they are on. Do they think being an RN is glamourouse?
I have not been a nurse yet, but as an RT I have assisted on many "code brown" teams(by the way, it's almost never that color).
I never assisted a CNA, only LPN's and RN's. The patient, in a vegetative state or not, would appear in distress having some sort of pain of a physical or emotional state about it. I imagine they experience the burning of thier skin, and the degredation of having to lie helpless in thier own excrement.
They would express great relief and mouth "thank you" around thier ET tubes, and wipe tears from thier eyes. The vegetative patients would stop sweating, and mumbling, and fall asleep.
Mind you, I never rushed to assist in any of those procedures, and I can't recall not being grossed out, but I can say that "wiping patients' butts" is not beneath an RN, it's above them. Relieving a persons suffering, and restoring thier dignity is a calling of the higest order!
That's why I think that person should reevaluate thier career choice. As a nurse they'll be sharing the most catastophic times of someones life, and will be asked to carry that burden for them until they're able to do it themselves. If they see that as something beneath them, then they won't be a very good nurse, and they should find something else to do.
I think that for those reasons, the phrase "reality check", as you put it, was very appropriate.