Quote from Maisie
I am currently taking my prereqs to enter the nursing program. I am aware that my future training will include cleaning patients. My question, how do you get use to it? I really want to be a nurse, but I have never even changed a babie's diaper. I am a forty-something woman who is changing careers from Information Technology so this is of great concern to me.
Maisie, First of all - I'm also 40-something, how did you get lucky enough to sneak by all these years not changing a stinky diaper??? I have 3 boys & 2 of them decided to wear diapers until they were almost 3 years old - I'd hate to think how many I changed - but guessing it's in the "Zillions"
You Lucky Girl... Changing a babies diaper to me is a "walk in the park" compared to the things you will see as a Nurse.
At first I thought you'd be in for a rude awakening - but on second thought maybe since you've never experienced doing any actual "hands on patient care" you might surprise yourself and not mind it at all. I can handle blood & guts - what gets me and a lot of other people is "vomiting". I'm sure in your 40 years you've seen someone throwing up and that along with the horrible "smell" can cause a reflex action and make you want to lose your lunch as well - it's gross, but part of the job.
One of the other posters suggested you get a cna position for awhile and that's probably good advice if you've truly never been in or around a hospital setting (just to get your feet wet and see if it's really something you want to do). Best of Luck To You.. SusanNC