Bathing Classmates and Other Personal Boundaries? - page 12

I've read a few threads on this and honestly I am shocked. I was unaware that students had to practice anything on each other that was invasive or required them to wear any clothing besides scrubs or... Read More

  1. by   Kevin RN08
    I didn't read all 15 pages, so if this has been stated I'm sorry for wasting your time.
    First, it's a shared experience that helps to make your class more cohesive ... it's teambuilding.
    Second, you are going to need to trust these classmates for the next 2 years. You will be working together in close quarters doing tasks by the end there will be few surprises.
    Third, during these 2 years you will have to do "dry baths", blood pressures, temperatures and assessments, breast exam teaching with each other, some places you start IVs and give injections to each other. This will allow you (or others who need it) to be more comfortable and competant doing these tasks in a real clinical setting.

    It wouldn't be nice to give someone's grandmother a UTI because suddenly it was forgotten to go front to back, or an infection is spread to another site(s) because the water & wash clothes didn't changed. It may seem foolish, but there are reasons for doing these things. Have you ever thought about washing another adult and your hand position, what if the person is too weak and you have to hold them while you wash?
  2. by   nursel56
    Quote from quakerkid
    A very fair assessment. I agree with you that it may not have been a fair question in the first place, but that perhaps we can reflect upon it as a greater whole.
    Thank you.
    I hope so. The questioning of the status quo brought on by a greater diversity of people coming into the profession is a good thing, I think. I disagree with the "sit down and shut up" old school mentality given to students. Sometimes newcomers honestly point the profession in a new direction, if it's respectfully done.

    Just another (unrelated) area is technology advances. Students complain that their instructors insist they shlep to the library to watch a film strip on x or y, with scheduling time in a resource room, driving, etc etc. to do something you could watch on youtube in 10 minutes. "Just because that's the way we do it" attitude of some instructors doesn't solve anything IMO.
  3. by   rona ricardo
    My God. You expect your patients to suck it up and accept every humiliating and undignified thing you want to do to them but you refuse to allow anything to be done to you? Why won't you try putting yourselves into their shoes? Why are you too good or too important to experience what they do? It's the only way you could ever understand what they're thinking when you have your hands all over their naked bodies.

    Why can't you just suck it up and do it, cowards? No more "holier than thou" attitudes. No more considering yourselves better than normal humans.
  4. by   XB9S
    Closed for staff review