Do you give back-rubs and foot baths to your patients? - page 2

As a rule, if I'm not too tired, I always give backrubs and take care of my patients feet and legs. I do this on all of them. Others only wash their face and hands and that constitutes a bath. I am sometimes not done until... Read More

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    I'll give a back or foot rub occasionally. Lets me take a closer look at skin integrity and the patients seem to enjoy it. However, it is not a standard thing. If a patient asked I wouldn't deny them (unless a DVT Pt requested a footrub)

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    There used to be something called HS rounds or PM rounds, back in the olden days.

    Every patient got a backrub and was settled for the night.

    Don't remember what year it was that I last had time to do that though.
    sharpeimom, Wet Noodle, imintrouble, and 1 other like this.
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    When I gave showers I would offer lotion and massage it in. They usually wanted it on their back and feet, it made them more comfortable. I lot of our residents had very dry skin that would crack or tear easily, and dry skin is very itchy and uncomfortable. Plus most of them had back and foot pain which that helped.

    It wasn't a full blown massage or anything that would be akward.
    I never really thought much of it, I always did that for my great grandma before she passed so it just seemed normal to me.
    I mean they need the lotion any way, why not aply it like that?
    silt likes this.
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    Due to a complicated personal history, I simply can't rub backs.
    Neither can I stand for someone to come up behind me and rub my shoulders.
    We all bring a ton of baggage with us when we enter any arena of our lives. Sometimes we can ignore the baggage and sometimes we can't.
    redhead_NURSE98! likes this.
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    Quote from imintrouble
    Due to a complicated personal history, I simply can't rub backs. Neither can I stand for someone to come up behind me and rub my shoulders. We all bring a ton of baggage with us when we enter any arena of our lives. Sometimes we can ignore the baggage and sometimes we can't.
    I'm in a similar boat. And until this thread, it never occurred to me, that as a nurse, I'd have to scratch someone's back, or give them back rubs. :-/ I don't even do this for my husband.
    Sakura_blossom likes this.
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    Back rubs, foot rubs, a good scalp massage...heck, if they're really cranky I'll sit and snuggle with them for an hour or so. Of course, things are a little different in the NICU.
    sharpeimom, SionainnRN, kattycakes, and 17 others like this.
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    I've never done the foot bath thing. However, if I'm doing a bath and the patient is able to sit up on their own or turn on their side for long enough, I'll rub some lotion into their backs. Usually, even on the busy days, I can spare an extra couple of minutes to do that much.
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    I get where everyone is coming from with this, and the reasons are part of my rationale for believing nursing schools should not pressure students to give each other baths.

    I guess it's actually possible to be a nurse nowadays and never actually touch your patient's skin.
    anotherone and SwansonRN like this.
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    I really admire you for doing that for your patients. It shows how much you truly care about them. I have social anxiety, so something like that would be really intimidating for someone with my personality. It's a closeness with patients that I would love to be able to experience as a nurse - it would just be a bit too awkward for me to do that with someone I don't know well. But that's how Jesus intended for us to interact with people - with love. Actually, your post made me immediately think about how Jesus would wash his disciples' feet. I really think you are doing a great thing, and I'm sure your patients appreciate it, too.
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    When I put lotion on a patient's back and feet/legs I massage it in. It isn't awkward that way. What *was* awkward though was then I was applying lotion to one of my male patients and he started groaning...

    As for just a massage/foot rub, I don't routinely do it unless a patient requests it. I won't deny them it.
    anotherone likes this.


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