A Pre-nursing Student who believes...

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    ... that she will NEVER have to clean, feces, vomit, urine, blood, etc.! Here's what happened: So, today I was chatting with one of my fellow pre-nursing students while at school. I do not know this girl very well, in fact it was only the second time we spoke as we have no classes together. Today we strike up a conversation and I got a little bit of a squeamish vibe from her -- so I asked her "Have you given any thought to the fact that you will be cleaning bodily fluids, etc. and how do you feel about that?" She replied with this: "As an RN I will NEVER have to do that! That is what CNAs are for." So, I tried to explain to her that as far as I know and IMO EVERY RN has to do that at one time or another. She refuses to believe this and is convinced that I am wrong. Well, to all the nurses out there -- is there such a thing as a 'bodily fluid free' existence in nursing? I, personally, do NOT believe this and have already prepared myself (as much as one can w/o the actual experience) for having to do such things. Thoughts anyone??

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  2. 74 Comments...

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    She is not going to be popular at clinicals. I work with nurses with BSNs and they still wipe poop.If you find it, you clean it. You don't go and find someone to do it for you.She is in for a shock.
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    There are several non-bedside positions that do not involve bodily fluids.
    Ivy Black, jalyc RN, LovebugLPN, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from D1914
    There are several non-bedside positions that do not involve bodily fluids.
    But, unfortunately nursing school is not one of those positions.
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    Quote from D1914
    There are several non-bedside positions that do not involve bodily fluids.
    I forgot to mention -- she plans to work bedside; at least that is her plan as of now.
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    But most new grads start in the clinical setting before they can get a job outside of bedside nursing...am I right ?
    jalyc RN, GM2RN, imintrouble, and 1 other like this.
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    Hmmm bedside but not actually touch a patient?
    kool-aide, RN and imintrouble like this.
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    Quote from loriangel14
    Hmmm bedside but not actually touch a patient?
    I believe what this student meant was not touch or deal with what one might consider the 'icky' stuff!
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    You should focus on finding a job post graduation and not on some silly student in your class.
    Baubo516, GoingHome, BluegrassRN, and 3 others like this.
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    Quote from D1914
    You should focus on finding a job post graduation and not on some silly student in your class.
    I am hardly focused on her. My post was just to gather other peoples' opinion... as this is a forum.


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