Dealing with patients’ bodily waste products is part of a nurses’ job, and it is considered an important and necessary task. Despite this, the work represents a dilemma in the nurses’ everyday work because it is considered time-consuming, and for various cultural, historical and prestigeious reasons it is also considered very low status. This work is therefore hidden, taboo, and not prioritized, and many nurses leave it to be done by others. The nurse and her patient are at risk of becoming strangers because the nurse takes over many doctor related work tasks and leaves basic nursing tasks to others. This will have consequences for nursing as a profession because the nurse is thereby at risk of loolsing the social mandate given to her by the general public. The nurse will also lose control in the direct care situation, and this will have consequences for the patients.