I have to be bathed by my classmate??? - page 6

:imbar Ok call me old fashioned but I am kind of concerned. I had my nursing orientation today, and I was informed that as part of one of my practical nursing classes I will have to be sponge bathed... Read More

  1. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    We wore bathing suits when we had to bathe each other when I was in nursing school. Ask if you can wear a bathing suit.
  2. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from KaroSnowQueen
    Yes, we stripped down to our bras and underpants and put a pt gown and our classmate bathed us. And if they went around the bed to get something they forgot, and left the side rail down, the instructor motioned for us to "fall out of bed" and freak out our partner!! :chuckle
    I weighed much less then than I do now, but I was also eight months pregnant when we did that part, and I felt QUITE awkward. :imbar
    We also practiced subq injections on one another, that was our final grade for injections, was giving one to our partner and taken into consideration was how the partner felt we did!!!!
    Ya'll didn't "give shots" to your patients in clinicals? Our instructor hung out at the medication room waiting for a staff nurse going in for an injectable!
  3. by   zambezi
    We gave each other flu shots and we had a flu shot clinic...IVs were done on mannequins, breast exams on fake little breasts (complete with benign lumps!)...We had to do the full head to toe assessment on a partner(with the exception of genitals and breasts....) and it had to be videotaped. I really don't remember bathing...I personally don't have a problem with it but I am not really modest...to each their own...I do think that going over properly draping during a bath is an important skill in the whole bed bath area...It dosen't really matter if you are nekkid or have a snowsuit on, I do think that in order to pass the "bathing portion", you should have to demosntrate draping...I am sure that everyone knows how to run a wash cloth over someone else...I know that alot of people have anxiety over the whole lab portion of school...but really, it is a blast! The horror stories that you hear are usually not as bad as they seem...Most clinical instructors are failry understanding if you have strong personal views or concerns...I agree that you should try to do as much as you can before you have to do it "for real"...Most of all, try to relax and have fun!
  4. by   Aneroo
    Quote from zambezi
    I personally don't have a problem with it but I am not really modest
    Second that...maybe that's why I didn't really care. When I lived in the dorms, after a month it was the norm to walk down the hall with a towel on my head and one around my body, passing someones boyfriend or father in the hall. Living in the dorms, seeing the same girls at 6am and peeing in a stall next to them 6 times a day does wonders for your modesty!
  5. by   ChrisA
    Hey, WannaBLPN2005? You can do it. You can do it. Then come back and let us know how uncomfortable you were and how you're still alive.

    You go, girl!
  6. by   TweetiePieRN
    Quote from newgrad2004
    How long ago? Most schools I have heard do not for the same reasons. Your school, while its good you got to practice on real people before going to the hospital, but the practice itself is scarey for the schools safety.
    This year...back in Feb 2004. We had to sign waivers and such.
  7. by   Rhoresmith
    We had to do sponge baths on each other you could wear a swim suit or shorts and a tank top. We had a girl who c/o in another class the semester after us and she was told this is a REQUIREMENT you either do it or fail. We also did subq,subdural and IM shots on each other. IV were also practiced on each other, all this was done in the last two semesters. You will not be any more embarrassed than the person you are bathing and you have so many other things going in your head so fast you won't have time to think about this after it is over. We did not do personel care (perineal care) only raised shirt up and washed stomach and back. It is good practice for someone who has never done it. Good luck Rhonda
  8. by   linfull
    Quote from Chaya
    We did not do sponge baths but I think that was due more to the messiness than out of modesty. We did do exams on each other in "lab" which involved stripping down to the underwear and putting a johnnie on over it. It felt a little weird at first to let all those sweet young thangs see my middle-aged flab and gut but I figured if they could look at that and not lose their lunch then I could deal with it too... I will add that a batch of brand new underwear was purchased and that the old legs got shaved more religiously than at any other time before or since!
    :roll :roll :roll
  9. by   ItsyBitsySpider
    There is absolutely no way I would participate in this. Since when does "not rocking the boat" get anyone anywhere? If you feel strongly about this, there is a way to go about letting the right people know without burning bridges or being marked as a bad student. I still don't get how this will help you be a better nurse in any way. Good luck to you!
  10. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from studentnurse74
    I heard we would have to inject each other with saline. Is it no longer allowed?
    We practiced injections on eachother just this past year.
  11. by   truern
    Keep your eyes on your goal...and suck it up :chuckle

    jmho, but it pays to fly under the radar
  12. by   Nurse_Ben
    The guys in my class had to wear shorts and gave eachother bed baths w/ backrubs and all. It was kinda weird. I think the girls were more worried than us though.
  13. by   twarlik
    Quote from truesn
    Keep your eyes on your goal...and suck it up :chuckle

    jmho, but it pays to fly under the radar
    Yes! I totally agree! Just do it and get it over with!

    When we did baths during the first semester, I ended up paired with a girl. We just chatted the whole time and before I knew it, it was over. Have fun with this because it will be one of the easiest things you learn in nursing school!

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