Hello Nursing friends
I have a question - my classmates and I went into our practice lab tonight and our professor told us that in order to practice bed baths, we had to be in bathing suits, bring our own towels, soap, etc etc. We all were completely thrown off guard because number 1- she never told us although she swore she did 2- I find it almost unethical to be bathing a classmate. Many of us are very uncomfortable with this and luckily we have two instructors so many of us will check off the skill with her in clinical.
What do you think of this? I know many skills are practiced on a classmate - I am a respiratory therapist so I know we practiced skills on one another when appropriate. I find this really not appropriate. My question is, is this normal? Is this something that we should speak up about or just accept?
Thanks for the input..
Feb 26, '13
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
I think this is ridiculous!!!!!!!!!! What point are they trying to make.....I know feel what the patient is feeling. Whatever. I don't think this teaches anything....it only satisfies and feeds the power trip of the instructor who enjoys those who do her bidding.
Unbelievable....there are so many skill to be teaching...but lets humiliate and degrade the students into submission. Can you tell this drives me NUTS!!!!!!!!
Unbelievable.....how about more time spent on pharmacology and dosages....how about assessment lung sounds and heart tones.
Bathing suits and bring your own soap....YUCK!!!!!!!!! Grrrrrrrrr.
In days gone by....we spent our first semester at a SNF/LTC and we went in before pre-conference to start the baths on floor so that by about 10 AM we would be done with all the baths give report to the nurses on any thing new and unusual and a basic assessment (we were told it was the thank you to the nurses for allowing us to be there and be in their way) then we would focus on our patients. One whole semester....we got really good at baths, making an occupied bed and assessing while doing other tasks.
I may have gone to school with the dinosaurs....(yes I went to a college for school and it was an ADN program...a good ADN program.) and we may not have had all the fancy sim labs....but we sure gained a ton of common sense.
Wow that just drives me NUTS!!!!
Last edit by Esme12 on Feb 26, '13