Poop in nursing - page 4

I am an RN. My niece is 18 and hoping to go to nursing school. Recently she told me that there will be no poop cleaning at her nursing school or in the hospital she plans to work in. "I am not going... Read More

  1. by   blondebabe0625
    Even as a CNA I've changed colostomy bags plenty of times myself after being delegated and cleaned/emptied...

    It did help by putting hand sanitizer underneath my nose a few times.
  2. by   SoldierNurse22
    Quote from Jennybrie
    Maybe I'm the naive one but I went into nursing knowing that I'll be dealing with bodily fluids on a regular basis. Human beings eat, sleep and oop:. Our first rotation was in a LTC facility and I am so thankful that I learned the fundamentals of skin care, feeding, positioning etc. to the point that it becomes second nature. I agree with previous posts that the bronchial secretions are the worst and just hearing someone snort up a loogie gives me chills . I think too many people go into nursing thinking it's like scrubs or greys anatomy.
    I think that's a big problem nowadays, given the content of TV shows. There's another active thread on AN right now about public misconceptions about nursing. Those misconceptions are not at all uncommon, even among nursing students. It's hard to know til you go (pardon the pun).
  3. by   Wheels28
    So thankful that there are people willing to clean others when they can't do it themselves. I only had to have someone clean me up a handful of times, but I felt embarrassed they had to do so, I feel by having someone do that I'm degrading them. A nurse noticed tears in my eyes as she was cleaning me up and asked what was wrong, I told her I feel like I'm degrading you by having you do this. She told me she did not feel that way at all and its her job to clean up patients who can't. I have a hard time accepting any form of help, I don't know if its because I can't walk or just being stubborn, but never the less I'm thank for the people who help me.
  4. by   serenity1
    On my very first day of clinicals my patient was a paraplegic with C-Diff. I was worried it would scare me out of the program. It was a very educational and humbling experience. I clean poop on a regular basis in L&D. We don't have techs or cnas there.
  5. by   ilovedessert
    I don't know about you but when I'm "cleaning poop", I can close the door to the patient's room and escape away from all the sensory overload even if it's just a few minutes!
  6. by   bloodspatters
    I have never seen so much poop in my life until I became a nurse.
    I have become a master of dulcolax suppositories.
    I also help our technicians clean some of the real messy incidents.
    Teamwork makes the job easier.
  7. by   Esme12

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  8. by   runsalot
    Everyone poops. I am a ns working as a Cna. You get used to it. And it's better than being in the room when some one vomits. Now that gets me. And our rns help with poop. As everyone' poops.
  9. by   dt70
    Quote from Vishwamitr
    The millenium generation kids expect their iPhone to do everything for them. Please discourage her while you can before she becomes one of those miserable nurses that we unfortunately come across almost on a daily basis. I have disimpacted patients with my digits and I am not talking about 1, 2,3,......
    There's an APP for that?
    Not sure I'd wanna put my ear to the phone afterwards :eek
  10. by   Glycerine82
    Quote from wooh
    Now now, let's be nice. OP's niece might have a physical aversion to poop. She could always go to this poop-free nursing school then become a case manager or maybe even a CNO, there are after all nursing jobs that are poopless. And obviously easy to get straight out of nursing school.
    Maybe she will have patients who don't poop! I knew a guy once......

  11. by   Clairealex
    Just wait til she's suctioning trachs and putting NG tubes to drain obstructed patients. Projectile vomiting from esophageal varices and melena. That should be fun. I'm a Registered nurse from the UK. I heard we are more "hands on" there but I haven't started working here yet to be able to compare. I will be really upset if I don't get as much 1 on 1 and personal care time with my patients. I like to know all about them. At he end of the day. I'm the one held accountable.
  12. by   Clementia
    [Shrugs] I got broken in as an 18-year-old CNA in an assisted living facility. One of my residents (the sweetest little demented lady) had a colostomy that exploded regularly. After that experience, nothing bothers me except watching an arterial line draw.

    Nothing against the OP's niece, but unless she has a genuine phobia of human feces, she'll have to get used to cleaning up disgusting things. I know not every RN job involves body wastes, but it does seem that most RN jobs require you to put in your time on the hospital floor before they'll accept you. It seems a bit prissy to draw the line at cleaning up waste, especially when the alternatives are to hand the job on to overloaded CNAs or to leave the patient sitting in their own filth.
  13. by   NutmeggeRN
    Poop cleaning is within the scope of our practice.

    This made me laugh out loud!!!!

    This is a true fact!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!