Scared Of Poop!!!!!!!!! Help!!!!!!! - page 9
I'm starting my nursing program on Jan.25th, and i'm really, really excited. Ever since I can remember I've always dreamed about being a nurse. I'm a medical assitant at a cardiologist office and I... Read More
Oct 22, '08Occupation: RN Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in SNU/SNF/MedSurg, SPCU Ortho/Neuro/Spine ; From: US ; Joined: Jan '08; Posts: 1,512; Likes: 932Let me tell you something...
I hated to deal with poop, the smell of it, the corns and peas, and the warmth that you can even feel from the gloves.... used to make me gag!
but a certain day, my poor little dog decided to poop inside the house, but... she then ate it since she was afraid of getting in trouble if i saw it.
well i got home, and left my only leather jacket in the couch, and went to make dinner, she ate some of her food, and drank water, and we went to the couch, welll she got sick from the poop she ate, and threw it all up on my jacket, she vomited poop on my jacket!!!
yuuuuck! i had to clean it, before taking it to the dry cleaner right?
well after having to deal with that, when i see some poop to clean i think of what i had to clean from the dog... and it just become an easy task,
i do though sometimes use the vick on the nose (and a tictac on my mouth)
and only once had to use the mask!
but you just have to get it done! as fast as you can, and as clean as you can to make your PT confortable again!!!
there are some pigs out there that dont clean it very well and leaves the pt somewhat stinky!!!
that is just not fair!
Oct 23, '08Joined: Oct '07; Posts: 21; Likes: 2I'm ok with poop, pee, vomitus, and blood. The only thing that really bothers me is one smell like a combination of poop, pee, and rotten food in one. I don't know what it is, but it makes me nauseated and sometimes throw up. I sometimes smell it from other people outside the hospital (train station, church, mall). What I usually do is deal with it because after you spent 5 minutes at a patient room, you'll get used to the smell (vicks vaporub is a good idea too ... I'll try it instead of dealing with the smell... heheheheh)
Nov 5, '08Joined: Nov '08; Posts: 6I was the same way with my first round at a LTC facility. It was nice that it was more in my head than reality. Still didn't enjoy doing it but was not nearly as scary as I thought it might be
Nov 8, '08Joined: Oct '08; Posts: 2; Likes: 2In my opinion, here's how you should look at it as... you are there for that patient. And, please know, that patient would rather not be in the position that requires someone clean up after them...
So, if you can make light of it, and realize, having to be "cleaned up" is humiliating to them... Pretend it were you.... how would you want the nurse to help you, or how could the nurse make you feel more comfortable in this same humiliating situation....
.... then, you'll realize why you're a Nurse... to help others.... and to help them retain their dignity.... that, to me is the most important thing...
Dec 7, '08Occupation: Registered Nurse From: US ; Joined: Jun '07; Posts: 432; Likes: 316my thing I was afraid of was blood and wounds-turned out to be not so bad. Now, Phlegm is another thing. I don't work on pulmonary (probably couldn't) but we do suction a lot of patients -- here is one thing to remember...for a pt who is very um...productive...shut the door when suctioning...really your coworkers will thank you...And I think what got me to the phobia I have was the idea of cold sputum sitting in a emesis basin...(because this particular patient will only let you empty it once a day (I know)...and the smell oooohh yuck....but I manage....and have never gagged....You can do it....but I will NEVER forget that patient.....couldn't find my Vicks anywhere that week....sheez
Dec 7, '08Occupation: Registered Nurse From: US ; Joined: Jun '07; Posts: 432; Likes: 316One thing I like to tell pts (if appropriate for that pt) when they say they hate to have someone clean them up is "I am sure in the past you have helped people out when they were temporarily unable to help themselves...now we are helping you. Its what people do and we are here to get you back to where you are stronger." Its a rehab thing I guess.
Dec 7, '08Occupation: Registered Nurse From: US ; Joined: Jun '07; Posts: 432; Likes: 316Quote from careerchoicesSome nights I come home and actually suddenly smell the poop (it can be very distinctive per each pt as you all know) I had cleaned up earlier....I am sure it is in my head, as I have showered and changed clothes...(not that I had got any on my clothes earlier-I am careful-but just to be clear here--so no one says it is probably my clothes....).but that post about inhaling poop just creeped me out knowing how I can still smell it sometimes.....:zzzzzWell, I would argue with that. What you are smelling are the various amine compounds and various other organic chemicals like skatol.
Dec 7, '08Occupation: Registered Nurse From: US ; Joined: Jun '07; Posts: 432; Likes: 316I was told by another nurse that after doing a bowel program (supp + digital stimulation -which is manually inserting a finger and rotating it along the rectal wall to stimulate defecation for SCI pts) a patient had asked to be checked again and she inserted her finger only to realize she forgot she had removed her gloves already and was gloveless. It is always good to double glove too-not to protect yourself but sometimes you just need a clean glove and it is not advisable to let go of a leg - it is just easier to peel a layer. I also suggest wearing gloves when EVER touching ointment or lotion or powder or soap bottles in the room. Just think when those are usually used. During garment changing time. People are usually handling them with dirty gloves. I always wash them off afterwards with soap and water but not everyone does. Also it is of course correct to use clean gloves when it comes to the time to apply ointments, but once you wipe on the first layer your hand is 'dirty' so when you put the cap back on at least one dirty glove is touching it....just something to remember.....and keep you up at night...
Dec 15, '08Occupation: Nursing Tech I Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 5; Likes: 2HAH...Poop's got nothing on a Colon CA patient w/ a moderate to severe GI bleed. I do fine while I'm in the patient's presence, but when I go into the bathroom...I dry heave every time...lol.
Dec 16, '08Occupation: Emergency Nurse Specialty: 39 year(s) of experience in ED RN ; From: US ; Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 157; Likes: 124First of all, wear gloves. If you can't stand the smell, wear a mask. You can even spray a little scent in the mask if it helps you. Then think of how comfortable you are making someone who cannot toilet as well as you. All that sticky stuff really is bad for the skin. Good luck!
Dec 18, '08Occupation: Hospice Nurse Specialty: Cardiac, Hospice ; From: US ; Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 23; Likes: 15When I was a nursing student I was doing a round in ICU, the director of the unit came out of a room and said we really need you in here, we have a code brown!!! I had no clue what that was even though I was in my last semester... He held my chin and swiped under my nose with a very minty lip balm and gently pushed me into the room. My heavens it was everywhere, poop on the bed, the floor, the patient....everywhere. The lip balm kept me from getting the full impact of the smell and I was soon joined by three other students. We looked at each other with that where do we start look. Weakly from the bed the patient said "Oh girls I am so sorry!" Immediately it was apparent what we had to do, just clean it up like it was an everyday occurance, reassuring the patient that it was nothing to be sorry for that it was OUR JOB. I've always treated doing unpleasant tasks just exactly that way ever since it's just part of the job right along with the other tasks that I love doing.
Dec 18, '08Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 75; Likes: 51Quote from nursingstudent424I'm starting my nursing program on Jan.25th, and i'm really, really excited. Ever since I can remember I've always dreamed about being a nurse. I'm a medical assitant at a cardiologist office and I love working hands on and I love my patients to the point that I can't wait until I become a RN and work at a hospital. During orientation we were told that our first practice cite will be at a nursing home . One thing I'm actually not looking forward to doing is looking at poop!!! I could deal with blood, I can deal with pee, but i'm actually scared of my reaction to looking at poop and changing patients, I'm scared I might
I've changed a childs diaper before and i've had no problem...but I have never changed a adults diaper nor smelled or been up close and personal to it. I'm so afraid of how i'm going to react to it...does anyone ever felt this way? Does anyone have some advice or suggestions??? Is it true that it's just like changing a child. I'm scared of the smell and how i would react to it. HELP!!!! i feel recidiculous...:trout:
I feel the same way about large quantities of sputum (suction canisters, etc.) I think everyone has something that grosses them out. I have talked to experienced nurses about this. They say that everyone has something that is harder for them to deal with, and you just learn to cope with it as you get more experience. It is like changing a baby, only there's lots more of it! Just think back to the years before gloves were commonly used! Ick! I think you will do fine!
Dec 19, '08Joined: Jul '05; Posts: 3,846; Likes: 11,496after a while they all just become part of the norm to you. Granted - There are times when it will hit you wrong and you are trying to suppress your gag reflex but for the most part as long as i am gloved (or in some cases gowned and masked too) i just take a moment to center myself and then get to work.