bathroom assistance??

  1. Hi everyone! Having a conversation with a coworker and looking for some feedback.

    What are your thoughts on assisting elementary students who came to your office because they wet their pants?? These students do not have a 504, any medical conditions, etc.
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  3. by   Eleven011
    My office does keep extra clothes on hand, so my assistance is to find them a proper size, give them a plastic bag for their wet clothing and pointing them to the bathroom.
  4. by   OldDude
    My assistance is to call a parent to bring clothes to school if the student doesn't have extra clothes in their backpack.
  5. by   Flare
    Generally, I won't do it. I am not saying that there aren't times that I haven't helped, but honestly, it's a true rarity.
  6. by   LikeTheDeadSea
    Nope. The worst that usually happens is that they put the pants on backwards and I tell them to try again.

    I call the parents and say they had an accident if I have time and that they cleaned up themselves and they're welcome to come do a better job if they can. 50/50 do/dont.
    I also try to have only sweats/leggings to minimize button/zipper assistance.
  7. by   KeeperOfTheIceRN
    Quote from OldDude
    My assistance is to call a parent to bring clothes to school if the student doesn't have extra clothes in their backpack.
    Samesies.
  8. by   BunnyBunnyBSNRN
    In the other schools I've worked in, I got this all. the. time. and I had clothes in the clinic to give them to change into - I only helped when absolutely necessary and then I had the bathroom door open and one of the front office peeps with me since I'm not going to be alone with a child in any state of undress. I was frustrated and couldn't understand why it was a nursing issue, but I sucked it up since that was just the way it was.
    The school district I'm in now actually has a policy that bathroom and clothing issues are NOT a nurse thing and should be handled in the classroom or the child should be sent to the office to call home. We have had teachers/paras bring kids into the health room to change in our bathroom for various reasons, but my health assistant and I are not involved. Also, there are no extra clothes in the clinic - they are kept in the office.
  9. by   BiscuitRN
    We have preschoolers here, so their teaching assistants or teachers help clean them up & change. For kindergarten or older I give them baby wipes and a big ziplock bag to put their clothes in. They clean themselves up, change into their gym shorts/pants, and then I ring mom or dad to let them know and inform them that little one isn't wearing underpants.
  10. by   SaltineQueen
    I will get them set up with clothes, wipes & a bag for their wet stuff. Then, as I'm walking out the door, I tell them to wash their hands when they're done. What they do once I'm out the door, I don't know.

    On the very rare occasion I've helped clean a poopy butt, but there was another adult there n there with us.
  11. by   villageRN
    Quote from Eleven011
    My office does keep extra clothes on hand, so my assistance is to find them a proper size, give them a plastic bag for their wet clothing and pointing them to the bathroom.
    Those are my thoughts exactly!!
  12. by   Supernrse01
    We do not keep extra clothes, so my assistance is to call the parents to bring something for them to change into.
    Last edit by Supernrse01 on Oct 19 : Reason: Read wrong
  13. by   Amethya
    Quote from OldDude
    My assistance is to call a parent to bring clothes to school if the student doesn't have extra clothes in their backpack.
    Basically this.

    I have assisted though the Kindergartners to put on their clothes, because they don't know. But it's rare, since they should already know by now.

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