Did you have to brush your classmates teeth?

  1. I was on a nursing schools facebook page and saw pictures of them brushing each others teeth. Is this common to use other students for practice teeth brushing. I think i would feel REALLY uncomfortable with this. And brushing teeth shouldn't really be a skill that we are unfamiliar with... lol
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  3. by   QuarterLife88
    We never brushed each other's teeth in skills lab. Nor did we practice baths on each other. That's something you read about, but perform for the first time in clinical when you do AM care. Brushing teeth is so basic (especially when you client has dentures, and you can just hold those suckers in your hands), I don't see why a school would waste such time on it...

    Besides, if a client is able, they are supposed to brush their own teeth.
  4. by   2bmalenurse23
    In my program we also had to brush our classmates teeth and vice versa. It sounds weird but its not that bad , its to get you prepared to do the skill in a clinical setting.
  5. by   Sannie6226
    Quote from sali22
    I was on a nursing schools facebook page and saw pictures of them brushing each others teeth. Is this common to use other students for practice teeth brushing. I think i would feel REALLY uncomfortable with this. And brushing teeth shouldn't really be a skill that we are unfamiliar with... lol
    Well although everyone should be comfortable brushing their own teeth, not everyone has brushed someone else's! It is a little akward because that is usually one of the first things you do with your new classmates, but by the end of the semester that is by far not the weirdest thing you have done or talked about with eachother!
  6. by   shay&lynn
    We didn't do that in school...we had to assist if needed in the clinical setting.

    This is something I learned in STNA training.
  7. by   SweetOldWorld
    Quote from sali22
    I was on a nursing schools facebook page and saw pictures of them brushing each others teeth. Is this common to use other students for practice teeth brushing. I think i would feel REALLY uncomfortable with this. And brushing teeth shouldn't really be a skill that we are unfamiliar with... lol
    Wait til you get to suppositories...
  8. by   Stephalump
    We actually do brush each others teeth and bath each other and things like that.
    The theory behind that is knowing what it's like to be bathed adds an empathy factor to performing the task.
  9. by   travelcat18
    I don't think we brushed each other's teeth, but we did give each other bed baths. It's so not a big deal and it's something you'll need to do in clinical. It will help you learn to brush someone else's teeth, and as a 'mock' patient, you'll learn what it's like to be somewhat vulnerable.

    Part of bonding with your fellow nursing students is all being in the same awkward situations. You'll be laughing about it before you know it.

    Don't sweat the small stuff.
  10. by   pixiestudent2
    The though of someone else brushing my teeth really disturbs me. I don't know why it seems very weird. I really hope my school skips this...
  11. by   KB1975
    Sali

    I could not agree with you more! I have brushed other peoples teeth but I do not like the idea of someone brushing mine. lol
  12. by   Juniper248
    I'm pre-nursing so I don't know exactly what a bed bath entails, but do you have to bathe eachother's private parts and such (in lab)?
  13. by   UTVOL3
    Never did that. My NICU colleagues and I had to feed each other sterile water from various types of nipples once, though. Complete with scratchy washcloths smooshed under our chins! lol! Crazy speech therapists!
  14. by   Double-Helix
    We practiced baths (with clothes and no water), oral care (we used swabs, or dry toothbrushes), feeding each other food and drink, transferring each other, and making a bed while a classmate was laying in it.

    The reason for practicing these skills was not primarily so what we could practice doing it (you're right that we know how to brush teeth and feed someone) but the purpose was to that we could experience what it felt like to have these things done to you. No, it's not really comfortable to have someone else brush your teeth. Yes, it's very awkward to have someone give you food with a spoon and drink through a cup. That's the point. But unless you've had it done to you, you'll never know what it feels like and how to modify your technique to make it more comfortable.

    In general, when we are feeding patients, they can't tell us how it feels or what would make it easier. Your fellow nursing student can. There's a lot of skills your need to perform on real patients while in nursing school. If brushing your classmate's teeth in a safe environment (while fully clothed) makes you REALLY uncomfortable, it's best to face your fear and get past that now, so you can move on to the tasks that actually require an invasion of privacy.

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