Do you give back-rubs and foot baths to your patients? - page 2
by silt 9,258 Views | 50 Comments
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
- 1Sep 11, '12 by VictoriaGayleWhen 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?
- 1Sep 11, '12 by imintroubleDue 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.
- 1Sep 11, '12 by ElSeaQuote from imintroubleI'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.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.
- 0Sep 11, '12 by AeternaI'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.
- 2Sep 11, '12 by nursel56 GuideI 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.
- 0Sep 11, '12 by agrayRNI 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.
- 1Sep 11, '12 by turnforthenurseRNWhen 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.