But I don't think nurses should be required to perform personal hygeine duties. These are exact reasons that nurses are going to be expected to suck it up, or not think they are better, or not have a defined role. Hell if we are washing people we should be able to brush their hair, and shave them, and clean the rooms, and everything else. What about what we go to school and learn, what about the patient's cardiac status, etc. I am sorry but I just think that is tooooooo much. Times have changed, they keep increasing the education and skills required of nurses, yet keep adding more to our workload. Expecting nurses to do everything they used too, plus a million more things. And if it's about "being too good" why doesn't everyone help to do am care, why not the doctors, resp therapists, etc??? I mean it's all fine and dandy to want close interaction with the patient, but when you have to assess two times a day(baseline), take orders, do admissions and discharges, draw bloods, start IV's, pass meds, pick on on docs mistakes, keep an eye on the monitors, and print and name EKG's then having to worry about washing people and passing trays seems to be a little much.
Just my opinion.