Areas of Nursing

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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!
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    Um. You can't get to work in those areas without first doing the dirty work. It's part and parcel of nursing education. Sick people make messes. Even public health nurses are required to clean up after other people on occasion. About the only groups I can think of that are exempt are research nurses and nursing administrators.
    petethecanuck, joanna73, Fiona59, and 1 other like this.
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    Not to mention (if you aren't already an RN) the years of clinicals you'll need to do in school where you pretty much will see some form of "cleaning" every shift.
    joanna73, Fiona59, and loriangel14 like this.
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    Thank you for your replies!

    I was telling my friend the same thing (Asking on her behalf).
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    Oh one of those " I wanna be a nurse but not actually touch a patient" people?
    Chinook2, petethecanuck, Daisy_08, and 2 others like this.
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    She loves to help people (I know her very well), she just feels queezy around those situations. Might be just a beginning feeling, that will take time to get used to. I apoligize if the question came out in a negative way.

    Thanks again for the replies!
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    Sounds like she's meant to be a Social Worker or PT, OT
    itsmejuli, petethecanuck, Daisy_08, and 2 others like this.
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    I'll admit I gaged my first ever clinical day. But not since! Okay, maybe once...
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    Hey Fiona, she has always wanted to be a nurse, but I will tell her your suggestions!

    Daisy, thank you for being honest! haha I shall pass that along as well
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    She needs to re-evaluate her dream.

    People always say there are many jobs in nursing that don't involve the "gross stuff". The reality is you have to make it through nursing school and your attitude towards providing care is evaluated. Patients can sense who is just going through the motions.

    Then there are the "you go girl" posters who list tons of jobs that don't involve direct patient care. Yes, those jobs exist but not everywhere. Hospitals are unionized and seniority plays a big part in who gets what job. Then there the need to accomodate injured nurses who can't work the floor and guess where those nurses go?

    Reality checks suck. If she wants to invest two or four years of her life to become a nurse, she has to be able to face the nasty bits. There is no shame or disgrace in admitting you rethought your plans. Looking back, I wanted to be a nurse right out of Grade 12. My Mum talked me out of it and I came to it late in life when it was time to retrain after raising my family. Know what? My Mum was right, I couldn't have done it in my early 20s but the life experience I gained by my 40s got me through it.

    Dreams change, I wanted to be a stewardess, a ballerina, a nurse, a librarian, and a teacher. I've done 3 out of 4.

    I've accepted I'll never get my dream job in nursing because I'll never have enough seniority and I pray that I don't get injured to get it.


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