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  1. From a new nurse:
    I like to have knowledge in all little trival areas, and would like to know what areas of nursing have less or little to no involvement in body fluids like BMs.
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  3. by   tangmo
    legal nurse consultant
  4. by   Daytonite
    medical office nursing
    educators (diabetes, nursing school)
    telephonic nursing advice/triage
    Utilization review
    Discharge Planning
    Patient care manager

    Most of these jobs either require some education beyond the ADN level or some years of experience working as a nurse.
  5. by   shazbo
    probably disney nursing
  6. by   Patti 2nd gen RN
    Paper pushers--not patient care--why did you become a nurse???
  7. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from shazbo
    probably disney nursing
    Wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They deal with plenty of bodily fluids.
  8. by   jmgrn65
    In Hospital: Pre Admission testing,
    Same Day services, Case Managers, Utilization Review, Informatics.

    But it is difficult to avoid all body fluids.
  9. by   Daytonite
    i don't think the office nurses or special procedure nurses of the world are pencil pushers. as an iv therapist i hardly ever got a break and was putting in picc lines in the mornings, suturing them in place and looking at their final x-rays. i spent the remainder of my 12 hour shifts answering pages that never stopped to restart ivs. it's a highly skilled licensed nursing activity. many of the others require a good deal of hospital experience that one earns to get those positions, so in effect those nurses come up through the ranks and "pay their dues" to get there. they also need to utilize critical thinking skills to stay in those positions. what i learned in nursing school and throughout my 30 years as a nurse is that rns are leaders and managers of care. hands on nursing is only one aspect of the job and something that can be delegated to someone else on the nursing team who is competent to do it while the rn leader takes care of other fires that need stamping out. i would recommend that anyone who wanted to do hands on nursing care exclusively become a nursing assistant. an rn, unfortunately, doesn't typically have that luxury. healthcare facilities expect and pay good salaries for the more advanced thinking and decision making activities of rns, many of which are now mandated by law in order for them to keep their state operating licenses, jcaho accreditation and medicare certification.
  10. by   Patti 2nd gen RN
    Didn't mean to offend people who have paid their dues and would rather use skill acquired through long years of hands on care to support nurses--it was meant for NEW nurses--and for them, I do believe it is important to do floor nursing before management- (etc.)-so people will know you know what you are talking about. And someone who starts IVs is definitley not a paper pusher.
  11. by   traumaRUs
    I guess I wonder what the concern is? Is this a nurse who is concerned about infection control - then more education might be needed. Is this a nurse who has had a transplant and is worried about her own immunosuppression?

    So - without knowing the concerns of the OP - its hard for me to say.
  12. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Daytonite, the nursing assistants in my unit do absolutely no hands-on care. No baths, no turns, no boosting up in bed, no diaper changes, no feeds, no linen changes, nada. They restock bedside carts, empty urometers, fold linen, run specimens to the lab and pick up blood products from the blood bank. They don't even set up for admissions or change suction canisters. All of that is my job. It's a huge problem for all of us, because we're not staffed to allow for them not to be in there helping, and they're resentful that they're not allowed.

    I do agree than most of the types of nursing work that doesn't involve any exposure to body fluids are the ones you have to work in the trenches to get. How do we trust someone giving us advice over the phone who hasn't actually spent time working in bedside care?

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