Hello I am a high school senior this year and I have been wanting to go to nursing school since my feshman year, however, now I am having doubts. I know I would like to work on either a labor and delivery or nicu unit and have been on about 11 job shadows seeing a both a vag birth, c-section, and cath insert and I know I can handle it. However now I am thinking about having to learn out to give bath, do peri care, cleansing enemas, and all that stuff type of stuff and I am not sure if I am comfortable doing it especially to men. Do any of you have advice ? Was it hard for you? Also if I go to nursing school would you reccommend a 2 yr or 4yr program. Thanks so much this board really helps me with all my questions!!!
Oct 6, '02
learning to give activities of daily living care to people becomes almost second nature (at least in my case). i keep in mind that i treat my patients with the same care and consideration that i would want for myself.
if a person is bedridden and can't do for his/herself, i want to give them a bath and peri care because if it were me, i wouldn't want to smell badly or lay in my own urine/feces.
if it's someone that only needs assistance, i always ask just how much help they would like for me to give. then i provide for their privacy.
as far as 2 vs. 4 yr. programs, i believe that should be up to you. i'm currently in a 2 yr. program because once i finish, i need to work and make some $$$. i have a family to help support. i do intend to go straight into my 4 yr. a few months after graduation.
so i believe it's all in what your needs are. best of luck.