Would you look at your friend's bottom if they asked you to? - page 2

Let me explain the situation. My friend had been poorly over the weekend. I think it was something that they ate on friday night. So I'm thinking food poisoning or gastroenteritis. Bless him. He was... Read More

  1. by   ElvishDNP
    It would depend on the friend and why they are asking.
  2. by   2BSure
    Immediate family, yes. The trouble with this sort of thing is it can get a nurse in trouble.
  3. by   nursemike
    These days, a lot of my friends are women, and I look at their butts pretty regularly.

    Professionally? I suppose I probably would, if asked. I can't diagnose, but I can assess and report what I find.

    Now that I think about it, I can't honestly say whether I'd feel more awkward looking at a male or female friend's butt. Professionally, I mean.
  4. by   2BSure
    I do have one male friend who has a bum you could bounce a tennis ball off but I'd rather see it healthy than w/ a prolapsed bowel.
  5. by   Flare
    I typically don't have a problem taking a little look-see at someone's nether regions. I do make sure to tell them that I can't make any diagnosis.
  6. by   tencat
    Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt..... It does depend on the friend and what's up with said friend. Gave daily IM shots to a nursing friend of mine once.
  7. by   jadelpn
    I would definetely encourage your friend to go to his MD or the Walk-in Centre.
    I would say something to the effect of "You really need to see your MD--you know I think the world of you, but examining anything below the belt when not at work would mean either I brought you home from a bar, or we'd be married in some states--" or some other applicable cheeky comment that would diffuse the embarrassment, and make light of the uncomfortable nature of the request....
  8. by   HippyGreenPeaceChick
    Looking at a butt, is not a big deal. We are nurses, we see butts all the time. If it helps them decide what to do look at it. Does not mean I am going to treat their rash or prolapse. I will look make them feel better because I care, and tell them to go see their doctor. Looking does not hurt. After being a Corpsman on active duty. You have any idea how many butts I have had to look at.

    PS-- some are kind of cute just kidding
  9. by   SuesquatchRN
    Oh, heck, I'd look at a stranger's bottom, let alone a friend's.
  10. by   nerdtonurse?
    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    Oh, heck, I'd look at a stranger's bottom, let alone a friend's.
    I can just see the nursing tshirt now:

    "I'm paid to look at your tush, so DROP'M"
  11. by   kids
    I have a friend who is a para with a sacral wound, I've been changing his Wound Vac twice a week for 6 months. At this point I've seen a whole lot more than his tush.
  12. by   AOx1
    I'm so used to naked people at this point, that I don't think any butt would phase me. Having seen small and large, every end of the color spectrum, etc, it wouldn't bother me. I really wouldn't care if everyone were naked. Now feet on the other hand? Noooooo way! I am creeped out by any feet that are not pristine and pedicured. I don't know what's wrong with me, only that I think nearly all feet are gross. I think it was watching at a foot care clinic during nursing school that helped cement this for me many years ago. Some of those nails needed a rasp or a file like a farrier would use for a horse *cries at the memory*
  13. by   stumpy1
    I am happy to say that I did have a friend look at my bottom while camping as I inadvertantly sat on a stinging nettle. MY BUTT WAS NUMB and I needed someone to remove it. Luckily the friend was also my husband
    and he had a first aide kit......GOTTCHA.