Poop in nursing - page 4

by KATRN78 | 14,593 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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    I went through nursing school with little to no poop interaction. I chose clinical electives with less exposure to it.

    And yes it's possible to be a nurse without being near it. You can work in insurance, education, infection control, a specialty office, etc. The options are endless. Sure, maybe the rare "accident" but not daily cleaning like floor nursing. The only people who believe you have to love cleaning poop to be a nurse are those who think working the floor at a hospital is the only option.

    I've been working as an RN for quite a while in my current job and haven't encountered poop or any other bodily fluids since I started. I also don't work weekends, nights, overtime, or 12 hour shifts. Nursing can be a lovely, non-stressful, normal profession if you find a job outside the hospital.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN

    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.
    So true, poop is nothing compared with bronchial secretions, oh the sickly sweet smell of the phlegm of a patient with bacterial pneumonia as they hack a plug from their tracheostomy.

    Just make sure you're standing to the side...
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    It might be a good idea if students could be exposed to pictures of pts with C. difficile, or a video of a particularly juicy tracheal deep suctioning. Ideally, this would happen at the "Welcome" meeting. If there could be a way fan the specific odors in to the room at the same time, all the better.
    aachavez, anotherone, 1feistymama, and 3 others like this.
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    Now now, let's be nice. OP's niece might have a physical aversion to poop. She could always go to this poop-free nursing school then become a case manager or maybe even a CNO, there are after all nursing jobs that are poopless. And obviously easy to get straight out of nursing school.
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    Quote from Vishwamitr
    The millenium generation kids expect their iPhone to do everything for them. Please discourage her while you can before she becomes one of those miserable nurses that we unfortunately come across almost on a daily basis. I have disimpacted patients with my digits and I am not talking about 1, 2,3,......
    ^As a millennial, I worked with baby boomers who would straight up say "I don't do vowel routines" on a SCI floor...the RAs would come find me...I was code brown whisperer...disimpact and GO!! Just saying!
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    Quote from Anoetos
    It might be a good idea if students could be exposed to pictures of pts with C. difficile, or a video of a particularly juicy tracheal deep suctioning. Ideally, this would happen at the "Welcome" meeting. If there could be a way fan the specific odors in to the room at the same time, all the better.
    ^This!!!!

    I'm VERy proud that I can clean up a pt smeared in C.Diff...scrub down, and eat lunch and enjoy it, lol...Or removing that Nast pseudomonas plug?? Whew, time for a snack!!!

    I got used to poop, blood, vomit (and I was one if those "vomiting is contagious" individual) when I worked in the ER as a 19 year old waiting to go to nursing school. I went in with my eyes open, no expectations; my "anything can happen and WILL happen" philosophy...I'm actually glad I did.

    I suggest if she could volunteer at a hospital...maybe a step-down unit, preferably at a hospital that staffs all RNs in a unit...then I hope she will get a reality check of the world of nursing...I hope
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    Isn't it funny that we take a certain stoic pride in cleaning up all this poop and snot and blood. And we have to be, nothing is worse for pt morale than seeing ones nurse lose their mind over the results of a GI bleed or whatever.

    It's also cool to see some young doctors unable to control their faces in the presence of this stuff and to see them step aside and give the nurse a sort of plaintive "save me!" look.
    Last edit by Anoetos on Jun 12, '13
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    Maybe I'm the naive one but I went into nursing knowing that I'll be dealing with bodily fluids on a regular basis. Human beings eat, sleep and oop:. Our first rotation was in a LTC facility and I am so thankful that I learned the fundamentals of skin care, feeding, positioning etc. to the point that it becomes second nature. I agree with previous posts that the bronchial secretions are the worst and just hearing someone snort up a loogie gives me chills . I think too many people go into nursing thinking it's like scrubs or greys anatomy.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN

    I like they irony that your screen name is "stay humble"
    What does my humility have to do with my statement?
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Jun 13, '13 : Reason: terms of service
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    Even as a CNA I've changed colostomy bags plenty of times myself after being delegated and cleaned/emptied...

    It did help by putting hand sanitizer underneath my nose a few times.


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