There are 280 million people in the United States. Of those it is estimated that 13 million are incontinent. I started a poll on this BB asking about GU problems that nurses have. I am very surprised that more than 2/3 of the votes were for problems. 21 out of 29 votes. I know this is not a scientific poll and not many have answered it but I'd like to suggest that we take on the campaign for nurses to "Just Go Pee"! Like the just say no or just do it campaigns. We need a nurse who can just go around the hospital and hang a couple of minutes with our patients so we can actually go to the bathroom to void! LOL. Ha Ha, we know that would never happen! Maybe you union nurses can work it into your contracts! Seriously ladies and gents, lets all "Just Go Pee". Later we can focus on "Let's Go Eat". Perhaps some of you whizzes could come with more slogans for our campaign? How about a gif or JPeg for us to print up and hang at work!
Apr 10, '02
Charge nurses should be the ones to watch a nurses patients when she/he has to go to the potty. If she/he isn't taking any patients herself/himself, there should be no reason why she/he couldn't 'patient sit' while a staff member goes to the potty.
Also, this is another reason why CNA's on the floor come in handy. They can handle NONnursing issues long enough until the nurse goes potty. As nurses, we stand at the medcart waiting to pull drugs for a longer period of time than it would take for us to relieve our bladders. You only have one bladder, so treat it special no matter what's going on on the floor. Whenever I had to potty, I WENT! There was always a bathroom in or near the nurses lounge to use. Also, perhaps nurses need to schedule their potty breaks more regularly, even if you don't have to go, make a habit of voiding once every two hours. This should cut down on the "I gotta go, gotta go" syndrome four hours or more into the shift.
Last edit by live4today on Apr 10, '02
Apr 10, '02
I'm in research now, but I definitely "held it" when I was bedside nursing. Partially a time management issue, I suppose. Although I'm sure you didn't mean to be snide, Kewl, it felt to me like you were saying "I'm a better nurse, so I have time to pee." I think it's ralso a matter of priorities. Where I worked, the staff bathroom was in a centrally-located area that was a bit of a hike from the patient rooms. Good planning, there. So there is always the feeling of if you have to go, you probably should do "this" first, or finish up "that." That kind of stuff.
I personally found that having a full bladder gave me a better success ratio with starting the IV's on the older population. I went in there with the attitude that I had less than three minutes to get an IV in (usually for another nurse who had tried already a couple of times) or my bladder was going to burst -- or more likely, leak!! The more pressure on my bladder, the quicker I got those IV's in.
Seriously, I do think that this kind of issue goes along with the attitude that if you hurt yourself, it's because your nursing practice is faulty. If you haven't strained a muscle yet, you're going to, and if you haven't held urine longer than was comfortable, your turn is coming up. JMHO
Last edit by NurseDennie on Apr 10, '02