Infrequent Voiding Syndrome (Nurses bladder) - Should you care?
May 8, 2018
If you are, or you know a nurse I can almost guarantee you’ve heard of the awful voiding (peeing) habits that plague the profession. Phrases like “I don’t have time to pee” or “my dying patient won’t care about my bladder” are often given as reasons (often valid!) for the nurse’s strained bladder.
It raises the question, does this lead to any issues down the road?
Unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot of research pertaining to this topic with the most recent study being done in 1991. Let’s take a look.
In the study of 105 women, over 50% were infrequent voider's or suppressed the urge to void during their shift. Voiding habits improved during evening and night shifts. That said, of the 105 women studied 0 had a residual urine that exceeded 120mL.
What does this all mean?
Well, it looks like there could be more research done on this topic but we could probably draw a couple conclusions from this small study.
Nurses hold it in too long! – Try to drink more and pee more. The benefits of water are well-known (more to come on that topic) and more water means more urine! Try to plan out water and pee breaks. For example, if you’re working on a floor: Morning rounds and assessments -> Pee -> Meds -> Pee. You get the point.
Holding your pee on shift doesn’t appear to have any long-term negative consequences… BUT it’s a fairly small study so I wouldn’t put too much weight on this point. It’s been well documented that infrequent voiding can lead the reduced elasticity of the bladder.
Do I need to care?
So, do you need to be terribly afraid of the “Nurses Bladder”? Doesn’t look like it, but it may actually improve your day if you aim to drink and pee more.