Wiping Butt... - page 5

What percantage of your time is devoted to wiping butt? I am thinking about going into nursing and would appreciate some input on this issue. Thank you.... Read More

  1. by   RNOTODAY
    Who cares what the OP wants to advance her career to? And I think it is a perfectly logical question to ask from someone who is considering being a nurse. I asked the same question myself years ago. I took the answer, and realized I could deal with it, so I pursued nursing. Then I realized I didnt want to spend my time doing all the traditional nursing tasks, so I went into the OR. Is there something wrong with that , too?
    So, she wants to be a CRNA. To be a CRNA, you must be a critical care nurse for a while.... the school's rules, not hers. So, she wants to know what she is in for.... whats so bad about that? Really, not everybody is ok with "wiping butts" and not everybody thinks its a noble thing to do, and not everybody CAN do it. And, who cares if she just wants to "do time" before moving on to greener pastures? As long as she does her job properly, which, by the way, will probably effect none of us here, let her do it.... who says every nurse has to stay a direct care bedside type nurse????

    To answer your question, I spend zero time wiping butts, I work in the OR.
  2. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Your pts. never poop or pee during any of the cases?
  3. by   roseynurse345
    I got annoyed reading this question, because I've dealt with nurses who have this attitude. I've heard comments, "I graduated nursing school I don't have to deal with the s**t anymore", the best one yet, "I hate touching patients". If you don't like dealing with bodily fluids or touching people, nursing is not your calling.
  4. by   RNOTODAY
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Your pts. never poop or pee during any of the cases?

    It hasnt come up, actually.
  5. by   CHATSDALE
    one time a cna and i were cleaning a pt and we remarked that our children don't have any idea what we do to pay the mortage and pay for food

    nursing is a calling and a job, sometimes you have a spring in your step when you go into work and sometimes you have to kick yourself in the hiney to go in...it is almost never the fact that you are going to have to 'wipe butt' that figures into your mood
  6. by   TracyB,RN
    Wow! We have surgeons AND CRNA's that help "wipe butt."
    Good luck, Chicagoan... you are probably gonna need it. I've seen CRNA's deal with stuff WAYYYY more disgusting than some poop.
  7. by   nurse4theplanet
    My percentage of butt wiping is directly proportional to my pt's percentage of butt leaking.
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Now it's a physics problem LOL.
  9. by   mced
    Quote from RNOTODAY
    To answer your question, I spend zero time wiping butts, I work in the OR.
    Anticholinesterases aren't given by CRNAs in your OR?
  10. by   lannisz
    The most butt wiping I ever had to do was in critical care with the most seriously ill, unconscious and intubated patients. Isn't that interesting? Other areas of nursing - like labor and delivery, hardly any (except for cute little baby butts!)
  11. by   Pompom
    There is a big difference between "wiping butt" and "kissing butt". Nursing involved critical thinking skills, time management, great organization skills, ability to remain calm under extreme pressure, having a major back bone in order to stand up for what is right vs. what you are told, the art is how you carry it off. If your only concern is "wiping Butt" then I doubt you have the maturity, skills, education to become a nurse.
  12. by   RNOTODAY
    Quote from mced
    Anticholinesterases aren't given by CRNAs in your OR?

    Of course they are,but I'm tellin ya, I havent had a code brown in a year and a half!!!!:uhoh21:

    watch, I will have 5 in a week now.....
  13. by   austin heart
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Your pts. never poop or pee during any of the cases?

    No, don't you know that it always happens as they are wheeling them back into the unit not during the case. Same with radiology, they never poop there either just in the hallway on the way back from radiology, lol.

    As far as OP, I think that you need to find another profession to look into if this is one of your major concerns. If you are afraid of a little butt wiping then nursing is not for you. Hey the way I look at it is, everybody has got to take a dump sometimes and everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. If I have to be that helping hand so be it.

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