...and please no one flame me for asking this question
I start my clinical rotations in 2 weeks at a hospital. I found out today that we have the option of doing all of our clinical rotations at a hospital vs a couple of nursing homes that are in the area.
We watched videos on colostomy bags, enemas, etc. I have to be honest in saying, I just about couldn't look at the video.
I was wondering, REALISTICALLY, how much of this do you deal these in the hospitals during your training? I know it's an extremely common thing in nursing homes (one of the reasons I picked the hospital).
I know that some of you are thinking, "Lord, then why did she sign up for nursing school?"...it's b/c I want to work with neonates, but I know I have to get through this part and not only do I have to get through it, but to make sure the client is comfortable, that his/her needs are being fully met.
I am mature enough to just "get in there and do it", but I was just wondering how much you have to deal with it.
I have no issues with urine...it's the poop thing that is going to "get me".
Oct 1, '07
Fecal matter is virtually inescapable in nursing.
RNs who work in the ICU often don't have aides, so they must give their own baths, change diapers, and turn and reposition Q2H. RNs who work in L&D see their fair share of poop, because fecal matter frequently squirts out of the laboring mom's anal sphincter as that 7-pound neonate is progressing through the birth canal (right on top of the woman's rectum) to the outside world. RNs who work in the NICU often change poopy baby diapers. RNs who work in med-surg often empty their own urine bags if they want to visualize the color and clarity of the patient's urine for themselves. Nurses who work in oncology sometimes deal with freshly poopy colostomies due to colon CA, and must instruct the patient on ostomy care.
All nurses must participate in the so-called "dirty work." The "dirty work" seems unimportant to misguided people, until they end up in the hospital and need someone to take them to the bathroom!
Last edit by TheCommuter on Oct 1, '07