Embarassing question to all experienced nurses. - page 2
Ok.......don't laugh but I do have a question. I am starting nursing school in April. This has been a life long dream of mine. My question is how do you deal with patients when they have accidents. (... Read More
Mar 15, '01Joined: Jan '01; Posts: 3,354; Likes: 62adellis, I had a hard time with teeth too! Mouth care (especially when other nurses aren't being too conscientous about it) can be icky. Brushing someone's crusty old stained smelly dentures seriously makes me gag. I have to look away and kind of do it by feel.
Mar 15, '01Occupation: RN Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 48; Likes: 2For the benefit of you BSN people
First you get some wash cloths and towels together along with some clean linens and a skin care kit if you have one. Explain to the patient what you are going to do and provide for privacy. Clean the front first and then call for lifting help if the patient can't turn self. Roll the patient on his/her side and place a towel over the soiled area. Clean front to back with warm soapy water. Dry and apply some powder. Inspect the area for skin breakdown. Follow your institutions policy for skin breakdown if you find the skin is compromised. place clean linens under patient.
The first time is always a little uncomfortable. It is very important that you leave the patient on clean dry linens. It is also important that you remain professional. You have to remember, no one messes themselves on purpose, the patient is more uncomfortable than you are and what you are doing is going to make them feel better.
Don't forget to wear gloves and wash your hands.
Originally posted by micknmel:
Ok.......don't laugh but I do have a question. I am starting nursing school in April. This has been a life long dream of mine. My question is how do you deal with patients when they have accidents. ( ya know bowel movements). I know.....Geeeez. I am thinking to myself how am I going to deal with this. I can handle blood and pretty much everything but this I am not sure....Did anybody else feel this way. Just thinking of it....makes me.....well you know....
Mar 15, '01Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 1,050; Likes: 43For the benefit of you BSN people
We live in an age that if you order a pizza delivered to your house and call 911 at the same time to report a life or death situation....my money is on the pizza arriving first! Learn to protect yourself, become a wolf among the sheep!
Mar 17, '01Occupation: Nursing student Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 2I am entering nursing school this fall and the one thing that is really making me worried is cleaning poop. I guess it goes with the territory. After all I had to go through with all the prerequisites I've taken I can't let something like that stop me, but it's on my mind.
Mar 17, '01Occupation: allnurses Asst Community Manager, APRN Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '00; Posts: 53,362; Likes: 26,177Oh, please don't revisit the BSN vs ADN post again - I'm bored. An RN is an RN - good ones, bad ones, etc.. LET IT REST, Please.