Quote from RNinJune2007
hey you guys! I was just going through our list of papers and stuff and for skills that we get "checked off on" during our first semester. They said we would not all get checked off on everything, for example not all would get a chance to perform a catheterization etc.
How do you learn these EMBARASSING thingS?! I mean I keep telling myself obviously it's not embarassing, because it's for people's health. My biggest fear though is "learning" how to do these on real people. Especially on a guy! *SIGH*
I'd love to hear how you learned how to do catheters, enemas (dummies, etc) and then about maybe the story of the first time you performed it on a person to give me a different perspective. I am dreading it!
well, we have mannequins in the lab that are very anatomically correct and we practiced there. Then when it was time to do anything, its a matter of focusing on the task. Its not near as embarrasing for the nurse as it is for the person.
My first cath was a straight cath on a female and it was as easy as 1-2-3. She was a 'good' cath in that it was very easy to find the meatus. And remember, your instructor is with you. You aren't alone.
Im still in school but my current job has me do caths and its really just a quick procedure. And with men, its actually very easy. Remember, your patients are sick, injured, whatever..they aren't putting a sexual connotation on it and they also aren't thinking too much about having their privates exposed. When you are in the hospital, you kind of expect invasive things to happen. You just need to remember to come in with the idea that you are the professional, and remember to always explain what you are doing as you go along and protect the patient's privacy (shut the door, draw the curtains etc)
A good trick I have learned is to have the person take a deep breath and pass the cath as they are exhaling. Deep breathing relaxes the muscles a bit.
I have yet to do an enema on a real person. Its also part of my current job description but it hasn't happened yet. I have done them in the lab tho.
My best advice is to practice practice practice on a mannequin and then when you go in to do one, tell yourself that no matter how embarrassed you are, your patient NEEDS you to be the calm and cool professional. Then be that person.