I have to be bathed by my classmate??? - page 7

: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   epg_pei
    Bed baths, SC and IM injections, physical assessments...I figured, you're going to see and be exposed to a lot more than that in your career, so you might as well get used to it asap
  2. by   Energizer Bunny
    I'm at the point where I don't really care what I have to do as long as it helps me learn how to do what I need to do to pass. DId that make sense? I'm tired.......
  3. by   debblynn13
    Ok, so I'm not sure bathing your classmate is that important to do. But I do believe doing health assessments on a classmate is. I have used a mannaquin, and used a real person. Gee the real person was different, *grin*. With a mannaquin you don't understand how each body is different, nooks and crannies, how to assess a real body for moles and sores, finding heart beats ect ect. Maybe part of the bathing your classmate is to teach you those same things. That every person is different, plus your classmate can tell you what makes them uncomfortable or maybe help you find a better way to do something, so in the end you are better with patients that won't tell you those things.

    And yes the first time you are that "close" to a classmate it is uncomfortable, but pretty soon you will be telling them to lift their boob out of the way so you can find that heartbeat a bit easier...(never say that with an instructor around..*snicker*)

    just something to consider
    Debblynn
  4. by   HU_nurse
    While I agree that after a while you get a lot more comfortable with your fellow classmates, it is still quite embarrasing to receive a bath by them. I mean, how hard can it be to bathe a pt? Its really just something you gotta learn on the job...
  5. by   Rhoresmith
    Bathing a patient is not that easy, if you have someone to sick to move and you have IV lines and feeding tubes and O2 tubes in and they are contracted and have skin ulcers or sores and then in the middle they have a BM it can be a very difficult thing to do and the whole time maintain the patinets privacy and move quickly cause you have there head flat and change the linen at the same time. Baths are also great times for you to assess your patient from head to toe so you know what is going on with them. I feel skin intergrity is one of the more important parts of patient care especially when caring for the elderly or someone that is in critical condition. I did hospice care for 4 years and here you have someone in pain from cancer you don't want them to have any skin problems either. EVERYTHING in nursing is important because if all leads to good patient care
  6. by   becca.utns
    When I had to do this I remember thinking, "OMG, like I don't know how to give someone a bath, is this necessary?" But now after graduating, I think it is actually a good idea! You really learn how important it is to shut the door and draw the curtain, as well as to keep the patient draped and warm and making sure the water was warm. After working in the hospitals with some nurses I wish everyone had to do this so they would remember the 'important little things'.
    It really was not a big deal at all considering we also did breast exams and palpated for femoral pulses during our head to toe exam, started IV's, gave SC injections, and drew blood. It is all a learning experience.
  7. by   manna
    They announced that we'd be doing bed baths on each other at our welcome tea last Friday. You should have heard the murmur go through the room when that came out of our advisor's mouth! I was a little surprised at the shocked look on everyone's faces... I mean, come on people - like the instructor said, "this is what nurses do - take care of people." Of course, the majority of my class is all so young...
  8. by   janleb
    We did somthing similar. We wore bathing suits or sports bra and heavy duty undies. Just get over it, and do it. The reason why they are doing this is to put you in the position of the pt. Let me tell you an experience I had. I was working one day I am an RN and had a student nurse under me this particular day. I walked in the room she had my pt laid out nude no bath blanket or anything. exposed to the world. I helped the student nurse, but after this experience I asked if she thought she gave good care to her pt. so I went on to tell her that what if you were my pt and I had you laid out for the whole world to see exposed, whether or not the door is closed. Laying naked with nothing on relying on your caregiver to keep your dignity intact. So when giving your classmates a sponge bath, keep in mind respect for the individual, cover up body parts not being washed, and keeping pt warm and dry. also when putting on a new night gown I always unsnap the old one and lay the new one on top, and put the new one on and pull the old one from underneath. If you just remember one thing the pt you are caring for , you treat them how you would want yourself or loved one cared for and I can guarantee a happy pt and family. preserving a pt dignity is just as important as any nursing duty.
  9. by   manna
    You know - I always say that you tend to lose any and all modesty you have once you've given birth, so I guess you Moms know what I'm talking about. Really not too worried about it. Maybe just consider it a rite of initiation.
  10. by   PCGrad06
    i would not do it. that is what the patients are for. you can learn how to care for the person as well as how to respond to them. if i had to be in your class all i would be thinkin is "is it over yet" what is that going to teach me? best of luck
  11. by   Truly_Blessed
    Quote from rnstudent,wife&mom
    i would not do it. that is what the patients are for. you can learn how to care for the person as well as how to respond to them. if i had to be in your class all i would be thinkin is "is it over yet" what is that going to teach me? best of luck
    serious question...so what are you going to do if or when they asked you to give a classmate a spongebath. what were/are the alternatives?
    Last edit by Truly_Blessed on May 26, '04
  12. by   #1rnstudent
    IMHO nursing school is not nursing. It is bootcamp. You have to pick your battles. A lot of stuff you will do in nursing school will seem stupid and pointless at times and you may be left wondering why you ever wanted to go to nursing school and what you are learning by doing these stupid exercises. But you just have to do some of it in order to get through school. When you graduate, you will remember why you wanted to be a nurse and hopefully love nursing again, and forget about the stupid things from nursing school. Bathing each other is just a one-time thing, right? I'd just go with it and get it over with. Now, if ever someone wanted me to do a breast exam on another student for purely "learning" purposes, then I would chose to take a stand and argue. But I don't see that happenning anytime soon where I am.
  13. by   TMPaul
    It's not as bad as doing Paps on each other. We had to do that as part of my NP training.

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