How Nurses Feel...

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  2. I think most if not all of you nurses can relate to this
    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 9, '16
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  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    Oh, yeah. After almost two decades in healthcare, my bladder's probably the size of a #10 washtub. For somebody who used to be unable to go more than 2 hours without peeing, I'm amazed at how long I can go now. I have worked entire 12-hour shifts without stopping to use the bathroom. I've taken 80 mg. of Lasix and "held it" for four solid hours. I can feel the urge and wait half a day before going.

    None of which is particularly healthy (duh, I wonder why I'm always getting UTIs--hello!?). But it is expedient when one has neither the time nor the motivation to stop what you're doing, go find a working restroom (dear Lord, why can't there be just ONE bathroom in my building that the residents aren't allowed to use?!), and drain the ol' tank.
  5. by   prnqday
    My poor bladder has been abused. I've had a UTI due to holding my urine.I've also had several embarrasing moments of incontenience at work due to waiting 10 hours to pee. One time I the urge to go came so bad that I had to pee in a patients toilet because if I would have waited I would have wet my pants. Thankfully I was working in ICU and patients used commodes, the toilet was for only emptying bedpans. So while I didn't have to stress about someone walking in on me, I still had to use the gross toilet. I felt really dirty the rest of the shift. Another time was when I rushed to the bathroom at work after holding my pee for so many hours, well I tinkled in my panties and they were a little soaked. I had no choice but to cut them off and throw them away, so yes I "free balled" ( couldn't thing of the word for women) for the rest of the shift.

    So, I think I've learned my lesson. I'm a priority not my patients. If I have to pee, I'm going to go. I'm also going to take water breaks and snack/meal breaks. Tired of abusing my body.
    Last edit by prnqday on Mar 7, '13
  6. by   multi10
    Do I have to be a platinum member to post a new thread on this site?
    Last edit by Esme12 on Mar 8, '13
  7. by   theantichick
    I'm entering the profession with a documented 1400 cc bladder.
  8. by   jmll1765
    Water breaks....meal breaks...bathroom breaks...what are these things you speak of??
  9. by   forthebirds
    Quote from crazy&cuteRN
    My poor bladder has been abused. I've had a UTI due to holding my urine.I've also had several embarrasing moments of incontenience at work due to waiting 10 hours to pee. One time I the urge to go came so bad that I had to pee in a patients toilet because if I would have waited I would have wet my pants. Thankfully I was working in ICU and patients used commodes, the toilet was for only emptying bedpans. So while I didn't have to stress about someone walking in on me, I still had to use the gross toilet. I felt really dirty the rest of the shift. Another time was when I rushed to the bathroom at work after holding my pee for so many hours, well I tinkled in my panties and they were a little soaked. I had no choice but to cut them off and throw them away, so yes I "free balled" ( couldn't thing of the word for women) for the rest of the shift.

    So, I think I've learned my lesson. I'm a priority not my patients. If I have to pee, I'm going to go. I'm also going to take water breaks and snack/meal breaks. Tired of abusing my body.
    LOL! AKA "going commando"
  10. by   SoldierNurse22
    Sometimes, I hold it so long that when I finally have a chance to go, I can't. :-(
    Then, about a half hour later, the waterfall breaks through the dam...
  11. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Not me, man.

    I just slap in a Foley when I arrive and I'm good to go for the whole shift. Forget the leg bag, I wear my 2000 cc bag outside my pants... shows management just how committed I am.

    Now if I can just get a PEG tube and a colostomy, I'll be the perfect little nurse man.
  12. by   satherp5
    Quote from crazy&cuteRN
    so yes I "free balled" ( couldn't thing of the word for women) for the rest of the shift.
    Had a girlfriend that called it "free beefing" lol.
  13. by   proud nurse
    I refuse to work my shift without taking bathroom breaks. No matter how busy I am, I'm gonna steal 5 minutes to use the bathroom or eat a granola bar.
  14. by   nervousnurse
    OMG!!!! ROFLMAO over "free-balling" annnnnnd, the Foley, Peg tube, and colostomy bag!!!

    The other day I had been so busy, I finally crammed a banana down my throat. I was still chewing when my boss walked up----I was sooo tired ,hungry, and not thinking---so I accidentally spoke to her with mouth full of banana....embarrrarassssssing!
  15. by   Vespertinas
    Quote from crazy&cuteRN
    One time I the urge to go came so bad that I had to pee in a patients toilet because if I would have waited I would have wet my pants. Thankfully I was working in ICU and patients used commodes, the toilet was for only emptying bedpans. So while I didn't have to stress about someone walking in on me, I still had to use the gross toilet.
    Our toilets are right in the room; no door, no partition, closest to the bay glass. I hope yours are different!

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