What's the best way to bond with a new friend? Is it:
A. Go out for a cup of coffee and discuss similar interests
B. Have them over for dinner and a board game
C. Let them put you in an adult diaper while you pretend to be helpless
If you answered A or B, congratulations! You are a normal person! If, however, you answered C, then you are either a nursing student, or need serious help.
Now granted, being put in an adult diaper, or "brief" as we are now to call them - is not exactly dignified. But, as a nursing student, it's something that has to get done. How else will we know how to do the hard work unless we practice?
Fortunately for me, I was working with a girl whom I've become friends with, and letting her show me how to do the whole brief-changing-roll-the-patient thing gave us both a good laugh...and the students working next to us had a good chuckle as well.
So, for all you new nursing students out there, when you are faced with the grief in the briefs, just remember: Your instructor is watching so retain as much information in as short a period of time as you can when doing the briefs and get it over with. Laughing is ok, even encouraged to break the ice a little.
Just please don't laugh when you're changing or cleaning a patient. Because they'll have to send you home or to the psyche ward.
Today we get to discuss urinary and bowel elimination. I swear, if there is a lab for this one, I'm outta there.