A Pre-nursing Student who believes... - page 6

... that she will NEVER have to clean, feces, vomit, urine, blood, etc.! Here's what happened: So, today I was chatting with one of my fellow pre-nursing students while at school. I do not know... Read More

  1. by   kgrad
    Oh how I wish cleaning feces with gloves on would be the worst thing that you would think about dealing with. I have been a bedside RN for 7 years. I have been peed on while rushing to a bed alarm to assist someone. I have had multiple events with mucus that I will not even comment about. I have been thrown up on. I could go on but I think I make my point. With bedside Nursing it comes with the territory. I have never met anyone in Nursing who likes this part of the job. But yes it is part of the job. A job I absolutely love for thousands of other reasons , but it comes with the territory to reap the rewards you must suffer with the down points also. Good luck to you both in your career choice. It a special career for special people and it is not for everyone.
  2. by   zbb13
    I was not gloved--there were none there for some reason, and my program didn't say much about gloving........
  3. by   Who?Me?
    Quote from an2on
    But most new grads start in the clinical setting before they can get a job outside of bedside nursing...am I right ?
    Most new grads start at the bedside either in the hospital, LTC, or home care.

    There will be days when you feel like you have to wash in bleach when you get home.

    I remember throwing away shoes that when an alcoholic patient with esophogeal varices was bleeding out and unfortunately it was all over my uniform and shoes-yep...showered at work, wore work scrubs and non-skid footie socks home that day and showered again at home.

    If it can come out of a human body as a nurse you will have it on you at some point in your career.
  4. by   browpe24
    Thank you for your little hints I know that I will use them when I start doing my clinicals.
  5. by   Chaya
    Two comments;

    First, there are a fair number of times when the nurse's evaluation/ assessment does involve bodily fluids. You might not have to clean up the vomit each time but you may well have to assess if all of the patient's pills came back up, the implication being knowing if (s)he received crucial meds or if you need to try to re-administer them when your patient is able to take them. You may also need to evaluate what is being thrown up. If it's partially digested food that's a whole lot less serious than if it's blood or backed up stool.

    That being said, most people do get de-sensitized to the nastiness factor much more quickly than you'd think!
  6. by   mariposabella
    I think she needs to get over herself with an attitude like that or find something else to major in. Dealing with bodily fluids is a part of nursing.
  7. by   caregiver1977
    Ha! Let's hope she doesn't do labor and delivery...
  8. by   cosmicsun
    The rude awakening will be when you can't find a job, or if you do, how much the pay will be.
  9. by   digoe74
    Quote from cosmicsun
    The rude awakening will be when you can't find a job, or if you do, how much the pay will be.
    I think you need to re-read my original post. This has nothing to do with me.
  10. by   cosmicsun
    I think people are just talking in general at this point... They are not directed at you personally or your original post any longer - its too far back...