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General Questions about Nursing


Hi guys. Im at a crossroad in my life at the moment. One way i could go down the path of I.T OR i could go down the path of something I think is much more important: Nursing.

I would really love to be a male nurse and the TAFE im currently attending offers a diploma of nursing which I COULD take but there is one thing that is stopping me.

I actually have a medical condition and its a little embarassing but as most of the people here are medical students I hope you can understand.

I have I.B.S and I require a restroom quite frequently and often suddenly. It has been a real curse in my life but I am determined it wont weigh me down.

So my question is:

Will I have access to a restroom MOST of the time and are there any times when I will be required to be away from one for too long? My biggest fear is that someone will be relying on me and ill let them down. Of course my second biggest fear is total embarassment infront of my workmates.:lol:

I know this question seems stupid but its actually a very big deal to me, and i hope someone can help.



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This depends entirely on the type of nursing you are doing; if you are a practice nurse at the GP clinic then sure if you are an ED nurse or something of that nature you are often quite busy physically doing things (obs, sutures, casting, assisting with resus etc) or worse yet in theatre where you have the additional challenge of being scrubbed into a sterile environment and can't just nick out to the loo especially if you are scrub or circ nurse.

It really is extremely difficult to say other than broad generalisation to be honest; nursing is a very "hands on" profession where you are often busy on your feet and can't drop everything to run to the bathroom. Even something like ward nursing which is generally obs and pill trolley QID will have times when you need to e.g. change dressings, turn patients, help somebody to the loo/in the loo or shower, initially manage a cardiac arrest before the crash team arrive etc. Same applies to aged care, you often have things to do that cannot be interrupted but these are less because the residents are stupidly stable and pill trolley BID is 80% of the workload.

Depends entirely on what you are doing and where you work.

Good luck!


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It's probably worth your while trying to find a nurse you know and talking to them about it. Especially a nurse in an area you like the idea of working in. They'll be able to give you a really good insight into the demands of the job. Another road to explore is the Australian Nursing Board. They organise all the registration of nurses and part of their work is dealing with health problems of nurses which may impeded their ability to fully carry out their job. Have a chat to them and see what they say, they'd probably much rather talk to you now and be informed of your situation than have to come up with contingency plans when you're newly graduated.
its okay. i respect your decision to become a nurse. heck even im a nurse. so you say you have IBS? well you could wear a nappy. if your in aged care all your patients would have one too. U MAD BRO?
Edit: Nursing is a decent career. Its too bitchy. Poor pay. No respect. Hard work. Alot of kiss ass people. Menopausal women. pretty much a slave to doctors. its not worth it
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It is well worth trying to find a nurse you know tell them about it. In particular, the nurse can in the area like the idea of ​​working in. They give you a very good understanding of the requirements of the job. Another way to explore the Australian Nursing Council.


I know this might sound like a silly question but is there more to nursing than just responding to buzzer calls by patients? I want to be in depth with the medical side.

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