A little off topic...

  1. But you guys are basically my coworkers, and I need somewhere to talk this out.

    So as many of you know I am in Nursing School, classes start in 9 days and clinicals start the week after.

    So many of the women in my cohort are being a little overly dramatic about the likelihood that their clothing/shoes/watch will get bodily fluids on them. Fo example several of them have opted for all leather shoes to protect their feet from blood/urine. Even to the point of buying shoes that are less comfortable?

    I have worked in healthcare for a long time, and I have worked bedside as a sitter/MA and have not really ever been in a situation where my feet were at risk of getting that dirty and the rest of my body was fine? Like if you have that much blood or urine coming your way you'll be getting it on your leg/sock/etc and your foot.

    I dk it just seems silly.
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  3. by   Supernrse01
    If they are that worried about those kinds of things, they may need to reconsider their career choice.
  4. by   kidzcare
    Quote from OhioBPH

    So many of the women in my cohort are being a little overly dramatic about the likelihood that their clothing/shoes/watch will get bodily fluids on them. Fo example several of them have opted for all leather shoes to protect their feet from blood/urine. Even to the point of buying shoes that are less comfortable?

    I have worked in healthcare for a long time, and I have worked bedside as a sitter/MA and have not really ever been in a situation where my feet were at risk of getting that dirty and the rest of my body was fine? Like if you have that much blood or urine coming your way you'll be getting it on your leg/sock/etc and your foot.

    I dk it just seems silly.
    It is silly. They ARE going to get bodily fluids on them. If they do not, then they are not actively involved with their patient (depending on the clinical location).

    Shoes in a health care center are going to get dirty. The floor is probably disgusting within minutes of being mopped. The bottoms of shoes will basically be petri dishes.
  5. by   OldDude
    Quote from Supernrse01
    If they are that worried about those kinds of things, they may need to reconsider their career choice.
    Something like Bonzai plant technician
  6. by   MHDNURSE
    Meanwhile, I sit and eat my lunch casually as a student next to me vomits into my trash can...
  7. by   OhioBPH
    I have been peed on, and my shoes were the least of my concern! I know the bottoms of shoes get super nasty, but I'm not worries about my uppers getting so dirty that they leak onto my actual foot.
  8. by   OhioBPH
    Quote from MHDNURSE
    Meanwhile, I sit and eat my lunch casually as a student next to me vomits into my trash can...
    truth!
  9. by   wishing2beRN
    They're about to start nursing school? And this is what they're stressing about the most right now? LOL
  10. by   kidzcare
    Quote from wishing2beRN
    They're about to start nursing school? And this is what they're stressing about the most right now? LOL
    They just don't know yet.... They have no idea about care plans and test questions where all the answers are correct but one is the most correct.
  11. by   BiscuitRN
    Nothing will make me wear uncomfortable shoes! "Nursing" shoes are never the right fit for my feet. I stick with New Balance walking shoes.

    Also I think we've all had that moment where we're eating lunch, look down at our shirt & see something disgusting. We keep eating. Or we do a quick paper towel wipe and keep eating. Nursing is messy. Embrace it.
  12. by   OhioBPH
    Quote from BiscuitRN
    I stick with New Balance walking shoes.
    Right! New Balance for life! There was a threat about how hard it was to find white shoes that are affordable so I shared a link to the shoes i bought and several people said "but I'd rather have leather, easier to clean/keep my feet clean"

    First, I'm vegetarian, I do not wear leather. Second, you can throw shoes with fabric uppers into the washing machine.
  13. by   imaneedmycoffeefirst89
    I feel like a lot of the nursing students now a days assume that nursing is this great, easy, non-stressful career. Nursing is definitely rewarding, and a beautiful profession, but there's more to it than hugging a patient and receiving a check. Especially the brand BRAND new students that have never worked in the health care field, sometimes come out as naive.
    I'm an LVN but my mom just graduated from her ADN, and with some of the things she was telling me, a lot go in with this illusion that this job is perfect.
  14. by   KeeperOfTheIceRN
    I'm gonna call this one "a self correcting career choice". Either they'll embrace the suck and just accept that stuff will get on them (and opt for the comfy shoes over the waterproof ones) or they'll choose a different career. There is nothing "clean" about healthcare....silly kids!

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