Not a poop or pee nurse?!? - page 4

Okay, just have to vent a little here. :madface: I was working the other day at a fairly new job (which I like a lot), and I was working with another nurse that I haven't shared very many shifts... Read More

  1. by   gonzo1
    A few of the nurses I work with will do anything within their power to not have to put a foley in. I have come into work to find pts who have been waiting 4 hours for a foley. I can't imagine what their response would be to poop. They would freak.
  2. by   Plagueis
    Quote from destiny5
    OK people, I'm wondering what hospital's you work at. I currently work as a CNA ( I am awaiting my test date to take boards) and I can tell you that very few nurses I work with are "pee or poop nurses" or even call light nurses for that matter. They would rather do laps around the floor looking for a CNA to give the patient a pillow, change their brief, assist them to the bedside commode or heaven forbid get them some ice water. This is my first hospital job so I thought this was the norm. Everyone I talk to from my class who were CNA's said the same thing the nurses at their hospitals. I wonder if the CNA's that you work with would agree that you are willing to "lend a helping hand" or do they see you as "lap nurses" running around looking for a CNA to do the "dirty work"......
    Unfortunately, I have also worked with some "no-pee-or-poop nurses" and the "I-don't-answer-call-lights" nurses. Some of these nurses have actually told me that they became nurses so they wouldn't have to deal with these issues, because that's what CNAs are for, and that they are there to pass meds, and not to toilet people or answer call lights.
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Poop or pee isn't med-surg exclusive. It's everywhere, be it literal or figurative, or even in the words of the voluntarily uninformed.
  4. by   Nurset1981
    I was taught that you treat your patients with the same respect that you would treat your mother, so unless you would leave your mother lying in a pile of feces....I've had numerous nurses say things like that to me..I actually had a nurse sit there and eat her dinner while I was struggling to clean up a totally dependant, obese woman who couldn'h help herself. Patients come first. Always. If you can't handle a little feces, get out of the bedpan.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Poop and pee are all around us. Try to put yourself in the patient's wouldn't let your own parent or grandparent or spouse or child to lie in it, would you? get up and go change the pt. Easy work and everyone can do it.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    If you can't handle a little feces, get out of the bedpan.
    Now there's a great idea for a bumpersticker!
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  8. by   Logan

    Quote from traumaRUs
    Try to put yourself in the patient's wouldn't let your own parent or grandparent or spouse or child to lie in it, would you?
    I believe this is an example of "empathy" - something we nurses should strive for.


    I signed up to take care of human beings - be they lying in pools of their own urine or pools of their own blood.

  9. by   meintheUSA
    Working in LTC as a CNA, I was later admitted to hospital for heart surgery. When I was moved from ICU to Cardiac Care, they would assign a CNA, LPN, and RN to each patient. The first day there, the lpn came in for my bed bath and skin care. I was totally confused.... In LTC, the CNA were the ONLY person to provide hands on care to the residents. I often overly expressed my gratitude to the super LPNs and RNs for their total care of ALL my needs. What a wonderful difference this made for a wonderful experience as a patient.
  10. by   Valerie Salva

    Well, I am not a paperwork nurse. I hate paperwork!

    I'd choose cleaning up BM over doing some meaningless paperwork- any day!
    Last edit by Valerie Salva on Apr 4, '08
  11. by   Agnus
    I am not asking you to clean it. I am asking to help me turn and hold the pt so I can clean it.
  12. by   Otessa
    I think part of any RN job description should incude : "willing to take care of all bodily needs coming out of any orifice described in Anatomy and Physiology Class"

    I think a manager might be pretty interested in the UNwillingness to assist with bodily needs. If she isn't willing to help with your patients you can bet she isn't helping any of HER patients either.