Wiping Butt... - page 6

What percantage of your time is devoted to wiping butt? I am thinking about going into nursing and would appreciate some input on this issue. Thank you.... Read More

  1. by   meownsmile
    LOL just spoke to a coworker today who had 2 patients in for bowel disimpaction. So i guess id rather wipe the butt than be reachin into the butt. I guess the OP might want to think about that, it may NOT just be wipin she spends some time on. LOL
  2. by   NRSKarenRN
    Take care of infants bottoms and adults bottoms...payback for all the great care I've received and given over the years.

    Give and ye shall receive....ensuring great care for my golden years.
  3. by   RunningWithScissors
    Wiping butt, kissing butt, and kicking butt pretty much takes up my whole shift.

    And while we're on the topic, I think patients considered for ANY elective surgery should have to pass the "can you wipe yer OWN butt" test.
  4. by   NurseguyFL
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    And 'wiping butt' is sometimes the least grossest thing you'll do in a day.

    I have to agree. When I first got into nursing I used to be grossed out by this all the time. I was always putting Vicks vapo rub under my nostrils to avoid the smells, especially with the C-dif patients and when doing bowel preps with messy enemas. Now I don't even think about it because its just another part of the job. Isn't it weird how you can get used to some things you thought you never would?
  5. by   SuesquatchRN
    Does anyone except me think that this question is a joke?
  6. by   GardenDove
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Does anyone except me think that this question is a joke?
    :groupwelcome: :yeahthat:
  7. by   grace90
    40% of my time is spent wiping a patient's rear end, 40% is spent wiping a doctor's rear end and 20% of my time is spent wiping the previous shift's rear end
    honestly, peri care, poop, pee, is not a big deal once you get used to it

    although I am known as the bedpan bandit to the patient care assistants because golly darn it I just can't seem to get a bedpan placed under a patient right and it always *******' spills all over the bed
  8. by   TrudyRN
    I think she is smart to consider whether or not she will enjoy nursing, all aspects, including cleaning poop.

    Personally, I knew it was time to get away from the bedside when I began gagging while de-pooping my patients.

    I really admire and appreciate those of you who love Nursing, including butt wiping, and do it all in love and sincere desire to serve other people. God bless you.
  9. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from roseynurse345
    I got annoyed reading this question, because I've dealt with nurses who have this attitude. I've heard comments, "I graduated nursing school I don't have to deal with the s**t anymore", the best one yet, "I hate touching patients". If you don't like dealing with bodily fluids or touching people, nursing is not your calling.

    not totally true, Roseynurse345; She can do plenty of Nursing, just not at the bedside.
  10. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Some of our surgeons will even help clean up a pt. without even being asked.
    Marie, surely you .

    Your docs must be 's. :roll :chuckle
    :uhoh21: Seriously, do they really clean up poop?
  11. by   spookygirl
    Quote from bigmona
    i LOVE IT!! :roll :lol_hitti
  12. by   RNfromMN
    Quote from TrudyRN
    I think she is smart to consider whether or not she will enjoy nursing, all aspects, including cleaning poop.
    :yeahthat: I agree...nursing is not for everybody. The way the question was worded might have been offensive to some, but really....this girl just want to know what she's getting into.

    By the way...had I known how much of my time would have been spent wiping butts, I proabably never would have gone into nursing. Point being: I still know how much butt I'm goint to have to wipe, & I still love it!
    Last edit by RNfromMN on Dec 30, '06
  13. by   lauralassie
    if a pt. needs peri -anal care because they are sick and need my help, i am happy to do it for them. some day you will need peri-anal care, hope the nurse doesn't think your butt is a topic for discussion. the butts's that are truley painful for me are those of jacho, pres-gainy and a nurse manager that treats staff like warm bodies rather than prof. nurses. perhaps you should look at what nurses really do, we do care for critical patients, use critical thinking, care for patients when physicians are not around and go to length to improve our knowlege base and skills. wiping butts is a time that is very painful for most patients. they are ashamed, depressed that someone else needs to do this for them. most pt's have raised family, worked many productive years and were independant during their life. if you can't see the humanity aspect of "wiping butts' , i would say, go work at mcdonalds, we don't need you in nursing !:caduceus:
    Last edit by lauralassie on Dec 30, '06