Do you give back-rubs and foot baths to your patients? - page 3

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 certainly wish I could. Your post does not indicate what area or , in what capacity you deliver your care.

    In my world...(acute care hospital setting)....this level of care is impossible.

    The patients should be giving ME a foot rub.
    wooh, ~*Stargazer*~, not.done.yet, and 4 others like this.

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    I've done it. One patient who had been lying awake with cancer pain for a couple of days fell asleep and didn't need a PRN med until the morning. I don't find it awkward at all, but those patients were all shocked when I offered it.
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    As a nursing student whenever I had a patient who needed lotion/cream applied I would massage it in. But back-rubs & foot massages will depend on what area of nursing you are in. Since becoming an RN and working in psych, I can tell you that I have never done it and for various reasons. Some of the patients I encounter have a history of sexual abuse that they have not dealt with yet, some are sexually preoccupied and just plain ole creepers, and mostly the patients I deal with are able-bodied & can do it themselves if they really want it.
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    I massage barrier cream onto my patients backs and feet everyday. It's not really so much as an offer as it is...this is what I'm doing because your skin is my responsibility while you're bedridden here. I work in an ICU btw. I would have no problem if the patient asked for a massage as long as it was for a therapeutic reason
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    I don't have any time for that. And even if I did I don't really care to touch anyone's feet, and wearing gloves makes it less enjoyable for them to get a foot rub, so no haha.
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    Yes I give back rubs when I'm burping my patients.



    -NICU nurse
    sharpeimom, wooh, imintrouble, and 5 others like this.
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    I'm a touchy feely person. I like hugs from friends. When I worked LTC I'd give back scratches and back rubs to a few residents I was close to. Now that I'm med/surge, I don't get to know anyone well enough to give a back rub. I do rub lotion on people's feet if ordered.
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    Quote from Cerriwin
    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.
    LMAO (I was thinking "Ewww, SNUGGLE with them?")

    - Med Surg Nurse
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    Quote from Cerriwin
    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.
    I was getting kinda grossed out thinking about doing this with some of my patients...until I saw the NICU part. :-)
    wannabecnl, wooh, and DizzyLizzyNurse like this.
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    I just wanna say - the disciples were Jesus' friends. I would rub the back of a friend or wash their feet, no problem. I am comfortable with them. But I don't remember Jesus rubbing backs and feet of strangers. He did heal them though - which I work hard to do my part in.
    Altra, ElSea, and wooh like this.


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