Your favorite "extra" thing to do for patients - page 2

We all have things we'd like to be able to do for patients when time allows. We get many many geriatric folks at my work (from home or nursing homes) who haven't had nail care in AGES. I love to... Read More

  1. by   hoolahan
    Sleepyeyes, I had an aide teach me to use mouthwash in the bathwater to get rid of skanky crotch smell (I'm sorry, I don't know how else to say it, and I know you all know what I mean here, LOL!)

    I confess I have shaved off mustaches on little old ladies.

    I love to braid the hair of little old ladies after washing it too.
  2. by   Stormy
    Shaving cream, particularly "Gilette" works wonders on pits, butts and bottoms to get rid of "odors". Nothing like the fresh smell of shaving cream on a fella's butt!
  3. by   NurseDennie
    I'm in research now, but it's funny how the old habits die hard. I take my research subjects to an electron beam CT of the chest and ask them to undress from the waist up and put on a hospital gown. To this day, when I see somebody in a hospital gown, out of bed, I rub their back in an encouraging and assessing way.

    When I had a patient ambulate, I'd always check the bed for wrinkles, crumbs, etc., and check the person's back and give it a bit of a between-bath rub.

    One thing I did "extra" was if I was taking care of a retired service person, I'd find out his/her rank and call him/her by that, and pass it on to the following shift. It means a lot to the career military guys I took care of.


  4. by   Nurse Ratched
    Originally posted by Stormy
    Nothing like the fresh smell of shaving cream on a fella's butt!
    Smells like....VICTORY .

    I hope I have a nurse who cares enough to pluck my chin hairs! Thanks, night owl .

    I'll have to try some of the de-funking ideas at work - truly great stuff we learn here!
  5. by   alwaysthere
    I try to talk with them while i am caring for them, find out their hobbies, jobs etc. Rub down backs and legs w/lotion while i am giving care. Esp with our auquatherapy pt's as they often have dryer skin from pool chemicals. Also i write down how i cared for them the first time so if they stay long enough for me to care for them again they wont have to explain what they want me to do for them all over again! (I know if there is any thing i hate it's having to repeat my self a million times!!)
  6. by   deespoohbear
    I like giving back rubs with warmed lotion. I would put the lotion bottle in the patient's basin of warm water to sit. I would wash the patient and then get the warmed lotion and rub their backs. Not only would their backs get a good rub down, my hands would get an extra dose of lotion. I don't get the chance to do many bed baths anymore though.
    The other thing I like to do is just sit down and talk to my patients, especially some of the elderly. I love to hear about what their life was like. I have really learned a lot. Some of them really have fascinating lives. I have taken care of a lady who has been married 75 years! :hatparty: :hatparty: That is almost beyond my comprehension.
    Great thread.
  7. by   mario_ragucci
    I give folks a facial massage with a warm wet towel. I will wash their hair. I do everything the right way. I'll get their guests anything they want. If they have small kids, I'll get'em ice cream or sherbert.
    Sometimes I will hold one of their hands in both of mine and they know I care and I like to see them enjoy that I care so much, and the touch communicates that.
  8. by   EricaCCRN
    I used to bring in Mr bubble bubble bath with some good smelling lotion from bath & body works for our young trauma (and the stinky grandmas too). Also, those young traumas had their legs & pits shaved by ME. Not to toot my own horn, but I'd take these people & pamper them for two or three night shifts, but then I'd come back after a stretch off & could tell NO ONE cared for them.
  9. by   Fgr8Out
    Backrubs with baby lotion... very nice. And when I can, I like to sit with my patient's and just let them TALK... about whatever is on their minds... sometimes the stress relief is so great when a patient can get whatever is troubling them off their chest.

    What wonderful people you all are... with all of your caring.

  10. by   Dayray
    Id have to say talking is my favorite thing to do with patients. I like to learn about them and allow them to talk about their problems, hopes, dreams. I especialy like helping them threw hard destions or educating them about their medical issues. I love to hold their hands too.
  11. by   Flo1216
    I like to wash their hair. Some of these eldery patients have serious " hospital head". I also have a thing about ears. I had a young AIDS patient who was paralyzed from a stroke ad I used to clean her ears. I don't like it when MY ears feel waxy.
  12. by   tcolleen
    You all sound like you are not only great nurses, but great people. Our unit is usually so busy that there isn't much time for the "extras" (how sad that good nursing care should seem like a luxury), but I do like to rub lotion on my patients' backs when it is time to turn them. I must be a frustrated hairdresser, too, because I also like to give hair care. After all these years, though, I can't bring myself to do any more than the most basic foot care. I literally get nauseated if the person has really gnarly toes. Even after a year on a diabetic unit (lots of foot care), I still haven't gotten past it. Thank heavens for the nursing assistants who know this and take pity on me!
  13. by   Hidi74
    Wow! What wonderful nurses all of you are. I am still new to all of this, but tonight I am so very impressed. I have read so many posts about stressed out days and rude patients, Mean co-workers and unfair working conditions. I have thought so often is this really what I want to do with my life. I am a student with a while left to go ,and have been unsure of my choice to be a nurse, after some of the stuff I have been reading. You guys handle so much in the span of 12 hours or so. I am constantly amazed as to how it is possible to put up with so much. Learning that this is going to be hard is an understatement. I now know going in ,it will be a very hard career. But thanks to all of you with your GIGANTIC hearts I know no matter what the love for people doesn't diminish.
    All of the things that you all do like painting toenails and shaving I was in tears. This is why I want to be a nurse. Not for the money or the benefits , but the pure love for others. It isn't the nurse in you all that makes you do those things, its love. I am 28 and have been hospitalized 2 time in my life. There were nurses that gave the the meds. Then there was the angel that covered up the IV with tape because I couldn't bear to see it. There was the nurse who took blood, and there was the angel who went to mcdonalds to get me a shake after work cause I hadn't eaten in 3 days. These are the things that set you apart. Please know none of you who do such wonderful things will ever be forgotten by your patients. It may seem like a simple thing to you but to the sick, scared 28 year old girl it isn't so simple. I only hope as a nurse I am able to give as much as you guys do. God gave us nurses to help and angels to love!!!! You guys rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hidi74 Future RNangel:kiss