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Should I become a nurse if I don't like bedside care?

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Should I become a nurse if I don't like giving bed baths or dealing with any personal care? I've been debating if to go into getting a degree in Healthcare administration or my lpn/RN. I've worked my whole life as a caregiver. I have my Chha and CNA. I never worked as a CNA because I did not like how the nursing homes were. I'm also a petite girl. I don't like physical jobs. I'm currently in a medical assistant program. I was thinking of becoming a nurse later but to only work at a doctors office or homecare. Do I need years of working in a nursing facility to be able to work at a doctors office? I'm 30 yrs old with a special 10yrs old son. If I even wanted to do nursing I would have to start with basic courses like basic math, since I barely passed High school when I was young. I also don't like dealing with bowels, too much blood, vomit and putting tubes in patients like gtubes etc. My bf said it's not for me. He said his sister is a nurse with her bachelor's degree and she still has to deal with clinical stuff at the hospital. I just want to get other people's opinions. 

 

You will probably have to be a top student in your pre-req classes to get into nursing school.  If you get accepted, you WILL have to deal with tubes, toileting, etc etc in school.  Generally you will need experience at the bedside to get a non-bedside job.  If you're interested in health care but not bedside nursing, I would recommend studying something like public health.  Definitely do not consider LPN school because the vast majority of LPN jobs are direct patient care.  Jobs in doctor's offices are not abundant for licensed nurses - those are mostly for medical assistants.

It's good to be asking these questions before deciding to pursue nursing school. Even if you get a job in a doctor's office as a nurse, you will still have to go through a nursing program and do clinical where you will not be able to avoid unpleasant bodily functions and people who are very sick. A job in healthcare administration may be a better fit for you if you wish to advance your education. 

Neo Soldier, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 6 years experience.

When you become a nurse, you don't have to do bedside care. While in the nursing program, you will have to do bedside as part of clinical but it's only a few hours a week.

If you want to get into the nursing program, you will need to complete some courses in Math, psychology, sociology, possibly nutrition, a US history and/or politics course, communications, and English. 

Tacocat, ADN, RN

Specializes in Community/Public Health. Has 1 years experience.

1 hour ago, Neo Soldier said:

When you become a nurse, you don't have to do bedside care.

What wonderland do you live in? CNAs perform some bedside care but sometimes you need to toilet and bathe your own patient, and sometimes CNAs need help. You can't refuse to perform that care because poop is icky.

3 minutes ago, Tacocat said:

What wonderland do you live in? CNAs perform some bedside care but sometimes you need to toilet and bathe your own patient, and sometimes CNAs need help. You can't refuse to perform that care because poop is icky.

I assume they meant that not all nursing roles are bedside ones. 

Tacocat, ADN, RN

Specializes in Community/Public Health. Has 1 years experience.

13 minutes ago, klightwood said:

I assume they meant that not all nursing roles are bedside ones. 

Not all nursing roles are bedside roles, but those non-bedside roles are harder to obtain without a bedside background. 

Neo Soldier, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 6 years experience.

23 minutes ago, Tacocat said:

What wonderland do you live in? CNAs perform some bedside care but sometimes you need to toilet and bathe your own patient, and sometimes CNAs need help. You can't refuse to perform that care because poop is icky.

Not every single nursing role is bedside. In psych nursing, there's barely any need to do things like that. Not that they won't come up once in a while, it's just not as common. 

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current nursing student here. I plan  on going into informatics or administration which is NOT bedside. I also plan on seeking an advanced degree in order to go in this direction though. 

MDBoy

Specializes in Nursing. Has 2 years experience.

I don't know...I don't think you really need to be a "top" student necessarily. Put forth some decent effort and you should be able to do well enough to get mainly As and a couple Bs in the prereqs. If you have a avg to slightly above avg IQ you have the raw materials to succeed enough to gain entrance to a program.The main important courses to do best in are AP 1 and 2. Put on a strong showing in those and you can get in quite easily in most cases.

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VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

If the idea of bedside nursing is repulsive to you, you might want to consider a different career in health care. “Wiping butts” is part and parcel of the job, you can’t always rely on CNAs or techs to do the dirty work. I can understand if you don’t want to deal with the icky aspects of the job, but bedside is way more than that—there’s critical thinking and “people smarts” which are necessary to be a good nurse. Not to say you couldn’t develop those abilities, of course, but you would be better off in an ancillary role such as a unit secretary (although they sometimes have to work the floor as a nurse’s aide) or medical assistant.

I wish you the very best in whatever you decide to do. Viva.

RN-to- BSN, ADN, RN

Specializes in SCRN. Has 7 years experience.

Stick to the medical assistant then.

RN-to- BSN, ADN, RN

Specializes in SCRN. Has 7 years experience.

On 4/28/2021 at 10:20 AM, Sweetjen09 said:

bachelor's degree and she still has to deal with clinical stuff at the hospital.

yes, STILL. Please, do not go into nursing.

vintagegal, BSN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics. Has 2 years experience.

As a nurse you will care for those in their worst moments of their life. Some will have no control of bowel/bladder. Some will have an NG tube vac you have to dump out (look up if you haven’t heard of it). Some will have wounds that tunnel so far into their skin you can practically stick your whole hand inside to pack it. Nursing isn’t glamorous. Nursing is about providing dignity and care for those who are sick. I don’t want to sound rude, but you’d be better off wearing the fancy scrubs in a doctors office answering phones and scheduling appointments. 

Kitiger, RN

Specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics. Has 42 years experience.

3 hours ago, vintagegal said:

As a nurse you will care for those in their worst moments of their life. Some will have no control of bowel/bladder. Some will have an NG tube vac you have to dump out (look up if you haven’t heard of it). Some will have wounds that tunnel so far into their skin you can practically stick your whole hand inside to pack it. Nursing isn’t glamorous. Nursing is about providing dignity and care for those who are sick. 

"A patient is a person in a strange environment on an involuntary basis going through one of the most unpleasant experiences of his/her life with persons not of his own choosing." 

No. Nursing is NOT your thing. Please continue with something else.

Don't mean to sound harsh, I just have a pet peeve about nurses thinking they're too good to do the "icky" stuff. It comes with the territory. "If you're not into it, why are you here?" is my train of thought on nurses who, for example, let patients mess themselves because they're too good to take them to the toilet or "it's the CNA's job" to put them on a bedpan or change their incontinence briefs.

OldToTown206

Specializes in n/a.

2 hours ago, Kitiger said:

"A patient is a person in a strange environment on an involuntary basis going through one of the most unpleasant experiences of his/her life with persons not of his own choosing." 

What is the source of this quote? 

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On 4/29/2021 at 11:55 PM, mrsmith said:

current nursing student here. I plan  on going into informatics or administration which is NOT bedside. I also plan on seeking an advanced degree in order to go in this direction though. 

Do not go into administration.  This exact reason is why nurses hate administrators with no bedside experience.  You will have zero clue as to how to help your nursing staff.  
 

Nurses also despise those in informatics that make ridiculous changes to our charting systems in the effort to “help” us but have literally never charted a day in their lives.  
 

Do some bedside.  It will benefit your career aspirations down the road.