Wiping Butt...

  1. 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.
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  3. by   firstaiddave907
    Why are you wondering about thatnurseing is about taking care of patients not wondering what percantage of your time is devoted to as you so call it wipeing butt. you take the good and the bad with anyjob.
    Last edit by firstaiddave907 on Dec 29, '06
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Chicagoan
    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.
    If the 'percentage of time' to wiping butt determines whether or not you'd go into nursing, then i'd suggest going into another line of work.

    Then again, no matter what job, there will always be butt-wiping, in the literal or figurative sense.
  5. by   Bonny619
    I smell a troll.
  6. by   mandykal
    Quote from Chicagoan
    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.

    I don't think that "wiping butt" should be an issue. Nursing is more than just that. Nursing today is different from long ago. We are grateful to have wonderful nursing assistants who we can delegate this task. As a % of our time, that would depend on your specialty. If you work in LTC, you have many CNA's to change residents. If your in CCU, than you may frequently provide care when needed. I not saying every hour, I'm saying it all depends on your client and their condition.

    I wish there would be some sort-of psychology test to determine if nursing is right for potential students. If only the test would question your opinion on pro's and con's and give you a percentage at the end....then again, "if only."
  7. by   RNHawaii34
    i been wiping butts for 10 years before i became an rn. i still do wipe butts and it doesn't bother me at all. i don't have a baby yet, but i am sure i am still going to wipe butts when the time comes.....i love nursing. i still wipe butts, or empty bedpans even i am in the middle of my lunch. i try to switch to other profession, but nursing is just my thing. butts dont bother me at all.
  8. by   kwagner_51
    It all depends on what is going on. Tonight, I didn't wipe any butts but on my 12 hr shift I wipes several and didn't think a thing about it.

    I get the feeling someone has told you that 'butt wiping' is all nurses do.

    I work in LTC. This is the patients home. They live there. Some are helpless and need constant care, to the point of turning them every hr. Others are independent. Still others need the occasional help. When the ones who need help are messy we clean them up w/o thinking about it.

    The independent ones use the BR as needed. the others are the ones I have empathy for. They need me to wipe them because they can't reach behind themselves. They are embarrassed and humiliated.

    Using the BR is something we take for granted. However it is also a very good assessment tool. When a pt start to lose their ability to use the BR, we start looking into reasons why. Is i because they have a UTI? Are they sick? Did they have a minor stroke? etc.

    Don't let people tell you that all nurses do is 'wipe butt'. There is SOOO much more we do and every bit of it is rewarding!!


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  9. by   RNHawaii34
    Quote from marie_lpn
    if the 'percentage of time' to wiping butt determines whether or not you'd go into nursing, then i'd suggest going into another line of work.

    then again, no matter what job, there will always be butt-wiping, in the literal or figurative sense.
    by the way marie, i like your new pic.. are you still having breakfast at tiffany's after wiping butts? because i still do
  10. by   bethin
    If you are going to be a nurse, I'd be more worried about the percentage of your time spent on the phone talking to doctors or fighting with the computers.

    If you're worried about wiping butts, maybe you should consider another profession. And don't think just because you have RN behind your name that that will exclude you from wiping butts.
  11. by   bigmona
    Quote from Chicagoan
    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.
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  12. by   luvdaisy
    Quote from Chicagoan
    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.
  13. by   meownsmile
    Truthfully, id rather be wiping butt than be a butt wipe. I think that is probly a good comparison between nursing and some "other" professions.
  14. by   JenTheRN
    Truthfully, id rather be wiping butt than be a butt wipe. I think that is probly a good comparison between nursing and some "other" professions.

    Best reply ever!

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