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by rajm

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Hey there, I was wondering if anyone could tell me which areas of nursing require little to none "cleaning" ie. bodily fluids etc. I know of public health, any others? I will appreciate it!... Read More


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    As others have said, yes, there are jobs in nursing where there is no contact with bodily fluids...but to get to those jobs, you must pay your dues by starting out in bedside nursing. Any type of bedside nursing will have bodily fluids involve; different specialties may have more of one type of bodily fluids than another (If your work in GI, there will be more bodily fluids related to GI)...but you can't get away from it. Everything from pediatrics to the elderly. If your friend likes to help other people, there are other options in healthcare that doesn't deal with bodily fluids--OT, PT, SW, SLP, Pharmacist, for example. And if your friend really wants to be a nurse...she'll have to either get over the bodily fluids thing. Maybe she can try working as a NA first and see what it's like?
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    Quote from rajm
    Hey there, I was wondering if anyone could tell me which areas of nursing require little to none "cleaning" ie. bodily fluids etc. I know of public health, any others?

    I will appreciate it!
    Without trying to sound condescending this is actually kind of funny as it takes me back to my first semester of Nursing School...

    I, along with my 47 other class mates chose to enter the RPN program. Most of us were aware that even as RPN's, students or Graduates, we would be "cleaning" as you put it.... Or at the very least bare witness to bodily fluids in our day to day practice... But as I said above that foresight only rang true for "most of us"...

    Okay.. Now ill cut to the chase but let me set the scene first

    Semester 1... Geriatric rotation at a long term care facility... Day 2 Peri care and digital dis impaction...

    My peer... Walked out of the room.. Clearly distraught.. Wasn't what she signed up for... She wasn't there to "clean **** and ****"... She signed up to be a Psych Nurse cause "they don't do that... That's what care aides and LPN's do"

    Outcome...
    Two days later... She worked through he disgust and since grad works in a Long Term Care facility where she deals with all the things she said she wouldn't do...

    Why?
    She recognized that those things, the cleaning.. a part of her job she could do without... Just as we all could.. Brought comfort to her patients. She learned that it was a part of "CARING" Sister Roaches 5 C's comes to mind. Providing comfort, dignity, compassion...

    I guess what I'm saying in my VERY long winded fashion is, before you knock it... Try it.. You may find out your biggest dislikes become some of your favorite
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    I don't know, I guess I got lucky because I've never had to do any type of bedside nursing or med/surg. I've worked in surgery in the OR where I assisted with the surgeries and then went straight to school nursing. Other than the blood in surgery I haven't really had to deal with other people's bodily secretions.
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    Quote from misfitmittens
    . That's what care aides and LPN's do"Outcome...Two days .
    sorry you said you were in a RPN course, so how is that different then a LPN?
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    Quote from Daisy_08
    sorry you said you were in a RPN course, so how is that different then a LPN?
    We meet again... Registered Psychiatric Nurse
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    Thank you everyone for the feedback! I shall pass these suggestions a long
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    To the person who said they worked surgery...depending where you work, there are shifts you will be covered in poo and other bodily fluids working the OR. Dealing with these aspects is the less enjoyable part of nursing. However, we are helping someone and providing comfort. Isn't that why we went into nursing in the first place? It's all part of the job.
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    I just had to add

    I went into nursing at the tender age of 45. I'd never been around seniors and had no clue about dementia. During my first semester we did our clinicals in a long term care facility. I swore I'd never work geriatrics after that experience.

    Look at me now....I supervise homecare aids in a senior's lodge. The average age of my clients is 85. I love geriatrics.

    So keep an open mind about nursing.
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    I also worked in the OR straight of school. I was never covered in poop.Lots of blood but no poop. I even had endoscopy an there was surprisingly little poop. Then I went to Case Management where I never touch patients, it's all done over the phone. It's possible.


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