What type of gross things do registered nurses have to do? - page 2
I'm going to get straight to the point. Is it true that nurses have to change "poopy" diapers/patients and or deal with dead bodies? I would love to get into nursing, but those are my deal breakers. PLEASE HELP. All... Read More
- 5May 19, '13 by JustBeachyNurse, LPNYou won't necessarily get away from body fluids in any healthcare job. You are less likely to see dead bodies in ultrasound. But you may see vomit, etc say if doing an U/S on a patient with an acute gallbladder attack who gets nauseas from the gallstones and pain.
- 5May 19, '13 by LoveMyBoxer99Definitely think about this. As a nurse, even if I have CNA's that usually take care of those tasks, I CHOOSE to help take care of them as well. Personally I believe that if a patient in need cannot trust me to take care of their MOST BASIC needs, the I have no business taking care of the more complex needs like meds, treatments, etc.
- 7May 19, '13 by DawnJAnd most healthcare fields require anatomy and physiology classes as pre-reqs. At my community college, that meant a year in the cadaver lab. Really, after the smell of decay and preservative, a fresh body is nothing in comparison.
- 3May 19, '13 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from Neisha_I graduated young myself...I was an RN at 18....they don't really do that anymore...you might find your age a disadvantage. The programs might let you in but the facilities may not allow you clinical so I would check into that.Yes, I am a 16 year old senior in high schol (graduating pretty early), and I was planning on going to my local community college to obtain an Associates Degree in Nursing;
But i am having 2nd thoughts considering that NURSES have to perform tasks such as cleaning poop and dealing with dead bodies.
Unfortunately nurses get expoexed to all kinds of disgusting body fluids and a few are flung at us. Vomit, spit, blood, urine, stool, amongst other bodily secretions.
You deal with death and dead bodies no matter what unit you work. Patient still need care after they have died to prepare them for family visitation and post mortem (after death care) to prepare them for the morgue. As you get older you might find these task less...repulsive.
I wish you the best!
- 8May 19, '13 by GeslinaUnfortunately, yes. It's a given. CNA's call out, or need help, or sometimes there is just no one else there to do it. Some nights I wipe more butts than others, and some nights I don't wipe any butts at all....but one never knows. And then you have colostomy patients....to be honest, the only thing that REALLY grosses me out these days is trach care, suctioning, anything respiratory.