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- by LunahRN Jul 13, '10You know, your weakness ... your one "thing" that makes your stomach flip over when you see a patient with it/them/whatever. I had my first "maggot" patient recently (maggots living where they shouldn't be, you understand), and it really grossed many of my coworkers out. I was relieved to find that the maggots didn't bother me ... apparently my only Achilles heel thus far is nasty dentures, LOL -- EWWWWW.
When I was a tech, I had a nurse offer me $5 to suction a patient because sputum makes her queasy.
- Jul 13, '10 by traumaRUsTeeth things - oooh ick!!!
Because I'm an APN, I get the non-emergent complaints so I do a lot of teeth pain issues.....oooohhhh ick!!!!
I worked with a nurse once that couldn't do epistaxis - sent her over the edge. We would trade: one dental pain for one epistaxis....lol
- Jul 13, '10 by mamamerleeHahahaha!!!! At this point I have gotten over just about everything. But as a student - - peeled back a pt's gown, he had vomited on himself, and when the smell hit me, I turned and vomited into his wastebasket. In my evaluation for my clinical, the instructor suggested that maybe nursing wasn't for me!!!
Also as a student - watched someone trying to start an IV on an elderly woman. About the 4th or 5th stick, I broke into a sweat, and the aide grabbed me and got me out of the room! I was later an IV therapist, and can still stick with the best of them. Although I've taught many people how to start them, I have to force myself to watch!!!
When I was pregnant with my first son - now 25 - I worked in acute dialysis. Every time a pt threw up, I did too! Sometimes barely getting away from the bedside!!
- Jul 13, '10 by LunahRNThe only time I ever vomited at work was my own fault -- it was a horrible day, we had two codes coming in at the same time, and I chugged a chocolate protein shake in about 3 seconds. I was bagging one code, and I suddenly knew I was going to hurl. I looked at one of my coworkers and said politely, "Can you take over bagging this guy?" She looked at me and said I was a lovely shade of pale green! I went to the staff lounge, up came the shake, I pinched some color back into my cheeks (or my charge nurse was going to banish me to sit down for a while!), and went back to the code. I never drink those things that fast anymore!!
I had a patient with moldy dentures ... in her mouth. That made me queasy for a minute. Ugh!! Maggots living in patients? Not a problem! LOL. Go figure.
- Jul 13, '10 by Forever SunshineToenails. BRRRRRRRRR. Or any toenail fungus/diseases. brrr.
Also the smell from the g-tube. *gag*