silly question but please reply - page 3

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Is it true that you have to clean poop no matter what? I thought if you were an RN or specialized in a certain field that cleaning poop and other cleaning up duties would not be required. (I am asking any and all questions I can... Read More


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    I've had a kid the last couple of days w/some sort of fat malabsorption problem on some bizarre formula---OMG
    At least I don't have to worry about my sinuses being clogged for the next few days!
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    Are you troubled at the thought of how you will react to poop (like vomit) or just don't want to deal with it? If it's dealing with it, you'll eventually get used to it & much worse. Otherwise, maybe you should look into some other career besides nursing. As pointed out, the patient isn't thrilled about losing control, etc. either. Also, if you ever have children, you're going to have pee, poop, puke, snot, etc. also. It's a part of life, grow up & deal with it. I'm sure your Mom (or other caretaker) cleaned up your poop. Not trying to be mean here, just be realistic. All of us have something we're not to crazy about dealing with. My particular weakness is snot but I have learned to laugh & go on.
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    I thought I would be grossed out by it in clinicals but I just thought that the person I was cleaning could have been my mother, father, sister, etc....even me. Once I realized that I got over it. Oh and a little alcohol swab rubbed under the nose just before doesn't hurt!
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    I thought I would be grossed out by it in clinicals but I just thought that the person I was cleaning could have been my mother, father, sister, etc....even me. And really you don't even give it a second thought after a while. Once I realized that I got over it. Oh and a little alcohol swab rubbed under the nose just before doesn't hurt!
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    Poop is never what got to me...it was the warm dentures right out of their mouth.... full of food "HONEY COULD YOU CLEAN THESE?" Not sure why that bothered me so much but I had to hold onto my cookies every time!
    Now I am in research where I really don't deal with body fluids other than obtaining a urine or drawing a blood in an outpatient setting. Guess this is a "cush" job to some, but we have our own hard days...just a different kind of hard. There are many jobs out there that don't require contact with body fluids, but you must get through nursing school first. Believe me, if you love the profession like most of us do...you can do ANYTHING...poop, pee, blood, even trach suctioning because you feel so much for that patient.
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    Hi,

    When you are in love with a profession, you try to cope with whatever comes, so you will survive just think positively and try to do your best and things will work out.

    Good luck!! Have fun!!
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    Nurses care for the whole person, cleaning poop is a very important part of maintining skin integirity, providing personal comfort, preventing infection etc. etc. It is true that eventually you may find yourself in a position where you are seldom exposed to this issue. However, if a RN, LPN or CNA desides that this is beneath her/him I would not want that person to have Any Part of my care or the care of someone I love. If your interest is still in health care I suggest you look at other professions within health care, where this is less of an issue. Perhaps social work dietition, Immaging (though immaging does have to deal with poop from time to time) Physical therapy (again these folks too deal with poop issues at times) Perhaps hospital management. The point is as a nurse you will have to clean a lot of poop before you ever find yourself in a position where you don't have to. Nursing requires a great deal of humility. I understand if this is not for you. I have my own issues about diffrent types of work. There are things I just could not do. Thank God for the diffrence. If we all liked and hated the same things the world would be in trouble.
    Last edit by Agnus on Jul 28, '01


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