Quote from lisaniles
I started nursing clinicals and I have encountered poop, pee, vomit, mucus, etc. I was a CNA for 2 years and loved it, so this doesn't bother me, but one of my nursing friends who graduated claims that she's seen so much "dirty" stuff that she quit working at the hospital to work in a clinic. For example, she says that she no longer even had an appetite. This has to be an exaggeration, right? Comments appreciated.
Working as a nurse isn't any more "dirty" than working as a CNA. If you've been a CNA for two years without a problem, I don't see why it would become problematic for you in your future nursing career.
To be honest I think "dirty" is a strange choice of words. I mean, you do use various protective gear so most of the time you don't get stuff on
you. Personally, I can only recall two occasions. One involving a rather unexpected projectile Norovirus "eruption" and another a rather agitated and unexpectedly agile patient with an impressive arterial bleed. I normally have good reflexes and am quite good at ducking out of harm's way, but these two caught me off guard..
As to your friend, we're all different. Perhaps it is
unbearable for her. It's unfortunate and a bit odd that she only realized this after
she completed her nursing education. I have to wonder though, if she genuinely finds it unbearable
which is a pretty intense feeling, if there aren't other factors that have contributed to her negative feelings towards hospital nursing.
I have to admit, that for me personally, a part of the appeal of the field I've chosen to specialize in, is that I seldom/never have to deal with poop. I do regard that as a definite plus.