do you ever get comfortable with nudity - page 3

Hi, Where do I begin? I am 42 and have a good paying job as a letter carrier. The only problem, I absolutely hate being a letter carrier. The weather is far to challenging and I spend every... Read More

  1. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    My own fear of being able to provide personal care to another person was a major factor in not pursuing nursing sooner. An almost accidental situation, where I helped a nurse aide clean up my counseling client (client died later that day) convinced me I could do it, and feel very good about doing it.

    Now that I've learned to catheterize (another fear I got over), I'm pretty good at that too. My patients even tell me that they barely felt it.

    I guess my biggest concern now is that I will cause pain where none had to be caused. Interestingly, the more confidence I get, the surer my touch, the less discomfort.

    I love nursing.
  2. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from bogeydog
    Hi,

    Where do I begin? I am 42 and have a good paying job as a letter carrier.
    The only problem, I absolutely hate being a letter carrier. The weather is far to challenging and I spend every day virtually alone. There is very little human contact. The hardest part is that the job is absolutely mind numbingly boring.
    That is why a year ago I thought about becoming a nurse. I started attending evening classes and have completed all of the science pre reqs with a 3.65 GPA.
    Because I already have a BS in Bus. Admin I was eligible to apply to the Accelerated BS to BSN program at Seton Hall. This was all good while I was dreaming but now the time to decide as arrived. I received my letter of acceptance and classes start in Sept. The problem is I have to quit my job at the Post Office in order to attend. Needless to say, I'm having the am I making the right decision jitters. I am not concerned with the classroom work too much, although I know it will be hard I think I can overcome it. What really has me worried (and I guess I'm the only one cause I haven't seen any other posts about it) is do you get use to dealing with naked strangers? I don't have any point of reference for this in my life. I can't imagine I would be the only person who would think of this as potentially embarrassing. Do you get use to inserting catheters? I would hate to go from a boring job to an embarrassing job. Help:imbar
    It's rare to stand back and view a total naked human. However, you will see every body part at fairly often the entire body completely naked. You will be up close and personal.
    It is kind of embarrassing at first but after awhile you will realize "they all look alike" and "everybody has "them." It won't take long!
    I've been a nurse for over 30 years. I've seen so many naked humans I couldn't begin to count them and ya know what?! They are all the same! Some bigger, some wrinkled, some crooked, some just about every adjective you can think of but bottom line, they are all the same and none are impressive.
  3. by   Tweety
    Yes you do get used to it. I get amazed how immodest patients are, they just spread um. I'm amazed how many guys just whip it out and start using the urinal while I'm assessing them.
  4. by   teeituptom
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Yes you do get used to it. I get amazed how immodest patients are, they just spread um. I'm amazed how many guys just whip it out and start using the urinal while I'm assessing them.



    Not me for dang sure
  5. by   teeituptom
    Quote from susanna
    Maybe you should pay a visit the nearest nudist colony to encculturate yourself? Hee hee.


    They are nice places to visit
  6. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from bogeydog
    On the funny side, I now find myself looking at strangers everywhere I go and asking myself could I deal with seeing them naked. (Very strange)
    Maybe I should start doing that too! This just cracked me up!
  7. by   teeituptom
    Quote from CNM2B
    Maybe I should start doing that too! This just cracked me up!

    Ive done that all my life

    thats normal

    for a dirty ole man

    starting at 14
  8. by   flaerman
    Quote from LarryG
    I'm fine with the nudity.

    Think the toughest part for me will be causing another pain (tough needle sticks, cath's, etc.). And doing so to babies and children will definitely ratch it up several notches.

    Would love to hear experienced folks' suggestions on how to most successfully get over my little preoccupation about the above. Know I'll be fine when the time comes, but help me make it easier. Thanks!
    Larry,
    I have been an RN for over 20 yrs and am very good at a lot of the "painful things" we have to do to babies and kids. I had a few real problems when I first went into the ER(been at it there over 6 yrs now), like hearing babies cry in my sleep but it gets better with experience. Now I go out with my wife sometimes to resturants and she will hear a baby cry and comment but I don't even hear them sometimes. I am at a point now where I rarely miss on babies and kids now. The first secret is in the holding on the pt(kids can be tougher because they can squirm in places and ways you wouldn't believe), but find staff you work with who are good at holding or papoose them either with sheets(kiddie burritos) or the velcro papooses that are available. Second secret I have, is really find that right vein prior to the stick, rub it up and make sure exactly where it is(I do and memorize it location so when drawing blood culuters I don't have to touch the site again after cleaning with betadine) and then do it!!!! Relax and take a deep breath, know in your mind what you are doing is for the good of your pt(whether it be baby or child). If you have difficulty with find veins at first you may need a light(we have a very good transilluminator light that will shine up through the hands of babies and show exactly where the veins are and how they are running) and always go for ones that look long enough for your catheter. I have been having a lot of success with pedi/baby antecubital sites as well. I also have big hands and have gotten good at holding little hands on babies and getting the IV's in without much problem. I am also a Reiki practitioner(use of Universal Energy for healing) and have found it works very on babies and kids, I can use my hands to put babies to sleep for LP"s(spinal taps) and have had my docs been able to do them without lidocaine and without waking up the babies. But just hang in there, you can get very good at these things too. Hope this helps and wish you luck---Paul :chuckle
  9. by   NeuroICURN
    I can see how this might bother you at first too.

    You really do get used to it after a while. As a matter of fact, it actually kind of takes the fun out of nudity for me. At this point, I'm just like "I've seen one of those already....unless you can do a trick with yours, I'm not impressed"! LOL :chuckle
  10. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from NeuroICURN
    I can see how this might bother you at first too.

    You really do get used to it after a while. As a matter of fact, it actually kind of takes the fun out of nudity for me. At this point, I'm just like "I've seen one of those already....unless you can do a trick with yours, I'm not impressed"! LOL :chuckle
    Sounds like a potential Arbor Mist commercial -- they could air it during next year's Superbowl.
  11. by   mushberry
    I'm still not totally used to it, but I just finished nursing school. Women don't bother me nearly so much as men, but really, I just adopt sort of a business like attitude and get what needs to be done, done. Not in a hurried, I'm-not-going-to-speak-to-you-while-I-do-this sort of manner, but in a friendly, if-I-talk-to-you-neither-of-us-will-notice-you're-naked sort of way. :chuckle Well, really, I don't find it that bad, but I do find just acting like the person isn't even naked works. They know you're used to seeing it all the time anyway for the most part.

    hehe, one thing I do notice though is I end up comparing a lot. Esp with men and penis size. Some people say they're all the same, but man, every person down there, man or woman looks different to me, and it's just interesting to compare sometimes. :chuckle I always find myself wondering when I'm gonna find a man that beats my fiance in size. :chuckle
  12. by   teeituptom
    Quote from mushberry
    I'm still not totally used to it, but I just finished nursing school. Women don't bother me nearly so much as men, but really, I just adopt sort of a business like attitude and get what needs to be done, done. Not in a hurried, I'm-not-going-to-speak-to-you-while-I-do-this sort of manner, but in a friendly, if-I-talk-to-you-neither-of-us-will-notice-you're-naked sort of way. :chuckle Well, really, I don't find it that bad, but I do find just acting like the person isn't even naked works. They know you're used to seeing it all the time anyway for the most part.

    hehe, one thing I do notice though is I end up comparing a lot. Esp with men and penis size. Some people say they're all the same, but man, every person down there, man or woman looks different to me, and it's just interesting to compare sometimes. :chuckle I always find myself wondering when I'm gonna find a man that beats my fiance in size. :chuckle
    And who was it that said we were all created equal
  13. by   suzy253
    I didn't/don't have a problem with it. Even my first experience bathing a patient I didn't feel uncomfortable--just kept her covered up until it came time to clean certain parts. I was more afraid of hurting the patient but another RN told me that 'they won't break'. Now when I'm giving baths or whatever, I'll just talk to the patient about something or another, totally off the subject of me manipulating their privates ! :chuckle

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