How much poop/puke/cleaning of bodily fluids is there in nursing school?

  1. Hey all. I'm starting in September and just want to know what I should be preparing myself mentally for. How much poop/puke/pee etc is involved? Is it a daily basis thing or just once in a while?

    I'm not totally averse to it, just want to start getting prepared. =)
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  3. by   Sun0408
    Daily, hourly and sometimes as soon as they are cleaned they go again..
  4. by   manusko
    Quote from priorities2
    Hey all. I'm starting in September and just want to know what I should be preparing myself mentally for. How much poop/puke/pee etc is involved? Is it a daily basis thing or just once in a while?

    I'm not totally averse to it, just want to start getting prepared. =)
    Sometimes they come in with it all over them.
  5. by   priorities2
    Really? In nursing school? Don't they teach a variety of clinical skills?
  6. by   chrisrn24
    Quote from priorities2
    Really? In nursing school? Don't they teach a variety of clinical skills?
    Yes. But you will get your hands dirty...and once you start working you will see and deal with more.
  7. by   priorities2
    Okay. I'm just asking about school though. So, every day in nursing clinicals in RN school you clean up poop?
  8. by   Sun0408
    Yes, in nursing school.. And yes they do but the basics will always be a part of your job/responsibility.
  9. by   Sun0408
    Quote from priorities2
    Okay. I'm just asking about school though. So, every day in nursing clinicals in RN school you clean up poop?
    As well as other things but yes.
  10. by   Peppermint_RN
    I made it through 2 years of nursing school without ever dealing with vomit. Yay for me! Lol.
    But yes, poop and pee almost every single clinical. You get used to it....except for the smell of c diff. You don't get used to that!
  11. by   priorities2
    Thank you for being specific, KKahn =)

    I'm just wondering- I want to be a PMHNP and bedside care is not exactly my dream career. So I just wanted a sense of how much of it truly goes on.. I have no one in health care in my family and I appreciate the details you are giving me so I know what to expect!
  12. by   loriangel14
    You need to learn the basics first and have good grounding in actual nursing practice which includes providing personal care.You can't just skip over the yucky stuff.
  13. by   nurseprnRN
    Oh, fergawdsake. I don't think it's fair to let this newbie think she'll be cleaning up BM and other excreta/ejecta every single clinical day. I did clinicals 3 days/week for three years in my BSN program and I didn't come close to every day. OP, you'll have good time to learn other things. Why is it that if you say "nurse" so many people automatically say "bedpan"?
  14. by   chrisrn24
    Quote from GrnTea
    Oh, fergawdsake. I don't think it's fair to let this newbie think she'll be cleaning up BM and other excreta/ejecta every single clinical day. I did clinicals 3 days/week for three years in my BSN program and I didn't come close to every day. OP, you'll have good time to learn other things. Why is it that if you say "nurse" so many people automatically say "bedpan"?
    You're right.

    But at work as an actual nurse I do it everyday. If it makes you nervous perhaps work as a CNA first and see if you can handle it.

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How much poop/puke/cleaning of bodily fluids is there in nursing school?