Stupid things your school does/did - page 3

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  1. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    We were expected to wear tank tops & boxers/shorts, and do the assessments on each other. No actual showing of any intimate body parts. We were shown a video on breast examinations, and asked to practice on ourselves, but it was never further discussed. Thankfully my school never made us strip down.....I totally would not have appreciated that with my classmates.
  2. by   Batman24
    If people are okay with stripping down or want to volunteer that's fair and fine. I however would refuse to strip down in front of classmates. I would be much too uncomfortable to do that on several different levels. I don't see how they could force you to do so or even threaten failure of the class. Could you imagine the court case?! lol

    What about being weighed in front of classmates or a blood pressure assessment?! I am very private and wouldn't want to share any of this personal medical info. Do they ask for this info during your school physical or does the MD just state you are okay to be involved in the program?!
  3. by   KarryRN
    We did practice our assessment skills on each other, but we had one partner that we used the whole semester. We also were in private cubicles so I only saw my partner in her bra not the whole class. We did the breast exam on a dummy. We also only practiced injections and IVs in a rubber arm, not on each other.
  4. by   Batman24
    This thread has me scared to death. Should I call potential schools to check what their procedures are?!
  5. by   MountainMan
    It's up to you. Personally I would rather go through the stress and humiliation and start right away than get on a 2 year waiting list
  6. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Batman24
    This thread has me scared to death. Should I call potential schools to check what their procedures are?!
    I agree that it is really up to you. Like I said, I don't agree with the practice but if it came down to choosing to be embarassed/uncomfortable for a brief period and getting my degree...then hands down, I would have sucked it up and gone along with the school's policy.

    However, from other's experiences and testimonials in similar threads...not everyone has the ability to do this. Some people would rather quit than be placed in such an uncomfortable position. If you feel you are one of these types, then absolutely call and find out ahead of time before you find yourself in the program and having to make that decision. And don't let anyone make you feel silly for doing so...we all have our own individual comfort zones.

    I feel so bad for the person who said they had to do this after giving birth just 8 weeks ago. I CAN tell you that I would not have done it, I would have quit. The changes your body undergoes during pregnancy can be distressing, and it is extremely personal. My sister just gave birth and she has horrible stretch marks on her tummy, to the point she does not even want her husband to look at her yet. She cries about it. She loves her child, and states that he was worth it, but she is still upset and uncomfortable with the changes in her body. If I was in my sister's position, and someone told me that I either had to disrobe in front of my classmate(s) or fail because otherwise I would not be able to 'empathize' with my patients...I would tell them to shove it where the sun doesn't shine! Does that mean I would not make a good nurse? No, it means I am not comfortable in that situation...and that's all it means. That's why I don't agree with it.
  7. by   Batman24
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    I agree that it is really up to you. Like I said, I don't agree with the practice but if it came down to choosing to be embarassed/uncomfortable for a brief period and getting my degree...then hands down, I would have sucked it up and gone along with the school's policy.

    However, from other's experiences and testimonials in similar threads...not everyone has the ability to do this. Some people would rather quit than be placed in such an uncomfortable position. If you feel you are one of these types, then absolutely call and find out ahead of time before you find yourself in the program and having to make that decision. And don't let anyone make you feel silly for doing so...we all have our own individual comfort zones.

    I feel so bad for the person who said they had to do this after giving birth just 8 weeks ago. I CAN tell you that I would not have done it, I would have quit. The changes your body undergoes during pregnancy can be distressing, and it is extremely personal. My sister just gave birth and she has horrible stretch marks on her tummy, to the point she does not even want her husband to look at her yet. She cries about it. She loves her child, and states that he was worth it, but she is still upset and uncomfortable with the changes in her body. If I was in my sister's position, and someone told me that I either had to disrobe in front of my classmate(s) or fail because otherwise I would not be able to 'empathize' with my patients...I would tell them to shove it where the sun doesn't shine! Does that mean I would not make a good nurse? No, it means I am not comfortable in that situation...and that's all it means. That's why I don't agree with it.

    Thanks for the advice. I will call and see what they say. How do I word it?! Do I ask what their policy is in regards to clinical assessments in class?! I don't think they would have the right to fail someone for saying no to any procedure as patients have that right and we would be acting as patients.

    I would also think they run a big liability risk in regards to practicing IV, etc.
  8. by   MountainMan
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    I agree that it is really up to you.... Does that mean I would not make a good nurse? No, it means I am not comfortable in that situation...and that's all it means. That's why I don't agree with it.
    This probably means you WOULD make a good nurse. Nursing is about taking care of the whole being.
    Batman You deffinately want to know before you invest the time and the money.
  9. by   RNfromMN
    Come to think of it, nobody in our program even objected to the stripping. It was just this weird thing that we really didn't talk about. We were also in enclosed cubicles & whoever was examining you was docked big points for not providing privacy.

    Don't let this thread scare you - I'd be willing to bet that if anyone in my program did object to this type of "exam" that the instructors would have worked something out with them. Who knows? Maybe some students did have a problem with it & were able to take their test a different way.
    Last edit by RNfromMN on Jan 15, '07
  10. by   MountainMan
    Flat out ask if there is any undressed or semi-undressed examinations between students. Try and get into a school with a good clinical (off-site) program.
  11. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Batman24
    Thanks for the advice. I will call and see what they say. How do I word it?! Do I ask what their policy is in regards to clinical assessments in class?! I don't think they would have the right to fail someone for saying no to any procedure as patients have that right and we would be acting as patients.

    I would also think they run a big liability risk in regards to practicing IV, etc.
    I would make a list of several questions/concerns to ask about the program. Remember, this is your education, you are paying for it, and you have the right to investigate into their policies and practices before you commit. Once you are in the program, you have to abide by their standards so it is best to go in knowing what will be expected of you.

    A good way to get the answers is to question students who are already enrolled in the program you wish to attend. You can get a wealth of information this way.

    We did not practice IVs/injections on each other. We had dummy arms. I went to a MA school before nursing school in which we learned venipunction and injections on each other. I think it is a liability issue and most schools do not do this anymore.
  12. by   Beeanurse
    At my college they would give us assessment lists and we were to go home and practice on our spouse or significant other and report all findings not disclosing the person we used, using initials and that was our assignment. We did in class however learn BP's, ears, eye assessments, techniques of transfer etc... all with our clothes on.. I think that its unacceptable and unprofessional due to, as a student you get to know your classmates real well to begin with, its 2 long years with the same people.. Being nude that is over the top.
  13. by   kenzy
    I cant even imagine having to do this in school. We never had to do such things with our classmates. And I can assure you I would not have done so. I understand the lesson that they are trying to teach but if they didn't think your that empathetic on peoples feelings would you really be there. I'm sure at one point in time we have all been the patient and know first hand how this feels, But I also know that I usually had a blanket or a gown on and that the person that was looking at me was already licensed. There are other was to learn these skills without making you feel uncomfortable in front of your classmates. Isn't that one of the first things taught treat everybody with dignity. I would have told your instructors that you'll take off your clothes right after they took off theirs. Maybe then they would think about it. My heart goes out to you.

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