someone tell me it gets better after RN school??? - page 3

Im half way through my 1st semester of 4 and Im hating nursing school! Is this normal??? For one, our clinicals are being done in LTC rehab and I HATE it. Bed sores and bed baths, incontinent... Read More

  1. Visit  RedXIII_ profile page
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    I don't mind all that stuff. If dealing with nursing school will get me into the ER, then i don't care. I'll do it, and I am doing it
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  3. Visit  biblepoet profile page
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    Quote from frogkissingnurse
    bodily fluids and nakedness is part of the job discription. it may be awkward at first, but you do get over it and you just learn to deal. i'm finishing up my last semester of nursing school and i still come across new things that are kind of gross like rectal tubes, but you just suck it up, hold your breath and get the job done with a smile on your face. the patients don't like it any more than you do. if you don't think you can deal with it then you may really want to consider doing something else.
    i agree rectal tubes are the worst. i still cannot get used to them. i don't think anyone likes cleaning poop but if it was your family member then wouldn't you want someone to do it for them. i always think of that when we are stuck with a less desirable chore. it does get better hang through the first semester. i just think some of it is a shock at first.
  4. Visit  Cobweb profile page
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    I hate to break this to you, but LTC is by far not the grossest place you can work, and plastic surgery can be absolutely horrifying, at times. You are gonna need to develop a pretty strong stomach to work in that field. Don't forget, plastic surgeons don't just do nose reductions. They work on burn victims and all kinds of trauma patients, plus some wounds. Dermatologists work on some pretty nasty situations, too--I'm not very familiar with their work, either, but google up some scleroderma pictures, eczema, psoriasis, discoid lupus, or skin cancer and see what you think about that.

    Moreover, there are huge benefits to being able to do personal care for your patients. For one thing, I'm of the strong belief that you should never ask your aides to do anything you can't do yourself. How can you supervise people when you don't know their job? And performing personal care is your best chance to assess your patients and see how they are really doing. At least once a week for every patient, I try to change them or walk them to the bathroom or whatever, just so I can eyeball them for myself.

    You can get used to this stuff--the question is, do you want to? That's a question only you can answer. You might watch some of the surgeries and shows on Discovery Health or poke around on the Internet and see what nursing is really about, not what TV shows seem to teach people nowadays. I hope that helps
  5. Visit  PACNWNURSING profile page
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    Just do what most want to be nurses do to avoid those aspects of adult care, head to NICU, just kidding... With the current and future market the LTC maybe your only choice upon graduation. Really it is all about attitude, this is the reality of nursing, the choice is yours.
  6. Visit  bustthewave profile page
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    Quote from rnintwo
    Im half way through my 1st semester of 4 and Im hating nursing school! Is this normal??? For one, our clinicals are being done in LTC rehab and I HATE it. Bed sores and bed baths, incontinent patients, feces and urine everywhere, It was all I could do not to have an anxiety attack right there. Its not that I dont empathize with these patients, I do, but If this is what my job is going to be about when I graduate then I dont think I want to graduate. Im hoping that someone will tell me that LTC is where you see the worst part of the job and that there are other areas I can go into that dont deal with these issues. Im sorry but cleaning up someone else's feces and urine and bathing their genitals and whatnot is disgusting and Im not ashamed to admit that. Alot of the students try to pretend like they have no issue with it whatsoever but I think thats a load of baloney and they just dont want to admit that bc its 'taboo' for a nurse of all people to think such a thing much less say it out loud (as if we're saints). We are nurses and yes we care but come one, be real, some of the things nurses have to do is gross! SO, I would like to know, does this sound like a normal reaction to the beginning of nursing school or am I looking at a job that Im going to hate??

    I'm getting ready to start CNA clinicals next semester to go on to my nursing program. I am fully aware that I'll be knee deep in all forms of excrement. Honestly, I have no idea how I'll react. I know part of my is screaming the very things you are, but I also work as a vet tech and every day I go home with feces, blood, urine, ear wax...... ... on my scrubs.

    What I've learned? It's all mental and in your head. So just as there is a loud screaming part of you that says "This could not be ANY grosser!" There is the rational part of you that knows how to do a job, zone out the gross stuff, and enjoy the fact that you are contributing positively to the world.

    If you can't find that part of your noggin, and you can't find a way to zone out your gut reactions, than yes... I would imagine you are going into the wrong field.
  7. Visit  Barbara Hessinger profile page
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    Beside that it takes some time to get used to it, it really opened my eyes about being old one day and on the receiving end.
    It is hard to imagine though when you are just in your 20's.
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  8. Visit  VanLpn profile page
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    Quote from Barbara Hessinger
    Beside that it takes some time to get used to it, it really opened my eyes about being old one day and on the receiving end.
    It is hard to imagine though when you are just in your 20's.
    This happend to me as well, during my clinicals in LTC, I actually saw my life flash before my eyes. I looked at allthe pictures that were on the wall of my residents when they were young and then I looked at the old frail person lying in front of me needing my help. I saw that one day I could be in that same position. Then one of my residents asked if I was "happy" I said yes and she seemed pleased. She said "good becuse you need to enjoy it now becuase before you know it, you might end up confused and relying on other people for everything and it will feel like it all passed you by in the blink of an eye".
  9. Visit  General E. Speaking, RN profile page
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    Quote from biblepoet
    I agree rectal tubes are the worst.
    Personally, I love rectal tubes! Well, "love" may be too strong of a word. I would much rather mark a line on the outside of a self contained bag the amount of smelly green C Diff poop than have to worry about constantly cleaning it out of the skin folds of my poor bed bound pt. Soooo much better for all parties involved!

    If you try and remember that these body fluids are coming out of a human being who has feelings and probably would rather not suffer the humiliation of having to have a total stranger expose them, roll them over, wipe every crease may help. Thats the way I try to approach the subject.

    Nursing means nursing the whole person, body fluids and all...
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  10. Visit  JenRN30 profile page
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    Quote from SlightlyMental_RN
    Ha, no. Unless you also want to clean up the feces that's been smeared in their hair while they're delusional. Or have someone going through DTs wave their penis at you like a sword, while trying to bat you away, all the time you're trying to administer an IM injection. Seriously--all true.
    Seriously, LOL
  11. Visit  klone profile page
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    Quote from rnintwo
    my thinking going into nursing was to be a plastic surgery or derma nurse. Ive also toyed with the idea of maternity. Do these sound like they would be a better fit?
    If you don't like poop, pee, vomit and genitals, then I would advise you NOT to get into "maternity"
    Fiona59, Trubie, BabyRN2Be, and 1 other like this.
  12. Visit  pinksugar profile page
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    I am not saying this to be mean at all but I really don't think you will like nursing. As a currently pregnant woman I can tell you right now to run fast from maternity - all of my coworkers are delighting in telling me their terrible, icky labor stories and they are really grossing me out. Actually, being pregnant in general is kind of grossing me out, I am just looking forward to the baby. L & D can be nasty with the best of them, IMO. I feel you, I really do. Poop, pee, etc. is yucky and I don't like dealing with it either. If you don't think you can ever get used to it, though, you really should not waste anymore of your valuable time and money in nursing school. Good luck to you.
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  13. Visit  roser13 profile page
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    "I guess those labiaplasty procedures are out ..."


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  14. Visit  earthcrosser profile page
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    Quote from PACNWNURSING
    Just do what most want to be nurses do to avoid those aspects of adult care, head to NICU, just kidding... With the current and future market the LTC maybe your only choice upon graduation. Really it is all about attitude, this is the reality of nursing, the choice is yours.
    Hahaha! NICU gets pretty gross sometimes, if you can't stomach blood, feces, and the like...With nec and perforations comes ostomies...I tend to get tons of those, which I don't mind. You get used to it, I guess...except for the super prolapsed ones. Shudderrrr...Still, it's all about making the baby comfortable. If it means tons of diaper changes, changing leaking ostomy bags, and all that good stuff, I'll do it - I hate leaving my babies dirty and miserable.

    OP, the job market is hard these days, especially in NY where you are - LTC may be one of the only things you can get into straight away. You may not always have a CNA, so you will have to come to terms with your feelings in regards to performing patient hygiene and dealing with some less than fun tasks. Like others said, it's a great way to assess and make sure your patient's needs are met. It's all about having a positive attitude when doing these things.
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