Mid shift shower... - page 6

All names have been changed and some words are misspelled for pronunciation purposes and curse words have been changed or left out. She talked about dances they would be going to, hay rides, walks... Read More

  1. by   Nurse Nancie
    Dark....very dark......
  2. by   ReadyToListen
    Aww, what a story! Thanks for sharing with us green ones...makes the scary part a little easier
  3. by   ms_miyagi
    LOL, Just a reminder that if you don't have a sense of humor, nursing isn't for you.

    My first job out of Nursing School was in Geriatric Psych. One of my all-time favorite patients was Findley. Now Findley was a very tall, lean farm with a world class case of Alzheimer's. For the most part, Findley was sweet and would spend his days wandering the locked unit herding chickens back to the coop for the night. But man alive on shower nights, because day shift would always leave Findley for night shift shower, because we had a male tech who had a pretty good report with Findley. That is, until Sean told Findley that it was time for a shower. At that point, Findley, who by the way made two of Sean, became combative and started swinging. Sean, always ended up soaking wet and Mad as a wet Hen, all the while Findley was shouting down the hall. "How'd like that you little pouf!"

    It finally got to the point, that it became to dangerous for Findley and Sean for this practice to continue, so Findley's wife was allowed to come in every other day and give Findley a shower and he was as docile as a baby for her. But, he wasn't having anything to do with any of us giving him a shower.

    BTW, for those that are wondering, what I've been told regarding patients who are incapable of making decisions and showering is that according to CMS, patients are to be bathed/showered at least every other day unless visibly soiled, then they should be bathed/showered with each incident of soiling to prevent skin breakdown.

    If anybody is going to put a book together, working Geriatric Psych, I've got TONS of stories.
  4. by   Glycerine82
    Isn't it just so awesome?

    Awwwww. I miss my lil' old people. Not everyone can say they've been beat up by a lil' old lady! I'll never forget the first time I got hosed. I let her hold it, and she pointed it directly at me and laaauuuggghhheeedd. OMG, I loved that lady. I called her "Grandma".