Poop in nursing - page 3

by KATRN78 | 14,580 Views | 94 Comments

I am an RN. My niece is 18 and hoping to go to nursing school. Recently she told me that there will be no poop cleaning at her nursing school or in the hospital she plans to work in. "I am not going to be THAT kind of nurse. I... Read More


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    No poop in nursing school? She won't be that kind of nurse? What?! Maybe she should choose another profession. It's not for everyone and if she keeps that attitude she won't last very long.

    Not only do I clean my patient's poop but if a call light goes on for a different patient I handle it. It's teamwork and ethical behavior.
    anotherone, 1feistymama, Lucky724, and 3 others like this.
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    Well, how about removing the impaction, then? C'mon now.....teamwork! If she won't clean it, at least she can help to bring it to the surface. I'll take it from there.
    3aremyjoy, ktwlpn, anotherone, and 5 others like this.
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    Quote from StayHumble11
    Lets be honest..RN's don't deal with poop as much. They do but not like cnas and lvns
    I like they irony that your screen name is "stay humble"
    Nurse_Diane, rubato, ktwlpn, and 14 others like this.
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    It absolutely amazes me when I hear nurses or aspiring nurses say this......
    anotherone, silverbat, Katsmeow, and 4 others like this.
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    Quote from StayHumble11
    Lets be honest..RN's don't deal with poop as much. They do but not like cnas and lvns
    Says who? I cleaned WAY more poop in my days on the floor than most of our CNAs. Why? Because after they did their VS, they were usually nowhere to be found and, if I could find them, it was a fight to get them to come help. Was always easier just to grab a fellow RN and change the patient- what kind of nurse is going to leave a patient sitting in poo just because they want to wait for the CNA?
    anotherone, 1feistymama, bagface, and 5 others like this.
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    There are two kinds of people in the hospital: those who can't poop, and those who can't stop.
    mrscox, rubato, ktwlpn, and 32 others like this.
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    Quote from Esme12
    It absolutely amazes me when I hear nurses or aspiring nurses say this......
    Poop ain't nothing. Just wait until she learns she is going to have to work at least some night shifts, weekends and holidays. I wonder if she won't be "that kind of nurse" too?
    She will also learn there are much worse things that can come out of a body, and that a nurse needs to deal with, than poop. Even today I have a hard time with the really nasty things that come out of the lungs of some patient's with trachs or intubated.
    anotherone, 1feistymama, nrsang97, and 7 others like this.
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    Quote from StayHumble11
    Lets be honest..RN's don't deal with poop as much. They do but not like cnas and lvns
    You must be a student in a " poop free" school,too... Just who do you think cleans up the poop when cna's and lpn's are cut back? Most of my local hospitals are all RN or there may be ONE,maybe two, cna's on the entire unit.
    opossum, 1feistymama, nrsang97, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from ktwlpn
    You must be a student in a " poop free" school,too... Just who do you think cleans up the poop when cna's and lpn's are cut back? Most of my local hospitals are all RN or there may be ONE,maybe two, cna's on the entire unit.
    Lots of units don't even have CNAs or LPNs. Several of the ICUs where I have worked didn't have any.
    opossum, Lucky724, nrsang97, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from StayHumble11
    Lets be honest..RN's don't deal with poop as much. They do but not like cnas and lvns
    I dealt with very little poop during my four years as an LVN. The amount was minimal because, in LTC, the CNAs are usually the ones who do all the toileting and changing of briefs.

    Now that I am an RN in a specialty hospital, I deal with plenty of poopy briefs, incontinent cleanups, toilet seats with smears of poop, colostomy bags, and bowel stimulation.
    gummi bear, anotherone, CT Pixie, and 2 others like this.


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