fear of vomit? - page 3

Are there any nurses out there who have a fear of vomit, the stomach bug, etc.? Are there other things that really gross you out that you encounter as a nurse? I was on magnesium sulfate with my... Read More

  1. by   nogzilla
    vomit on me
    bleed on me
    dripping pus from an infected wound
    open abdomen from compartment syndrome with guts falling out dressing changing
    cough up your trach at me
    bitten off tongue
    smashed fingers
    hamburgler toes
    poop running down the bed and onto my shoes
    is all fine with me BUT.....
    cough or sneeze and don't cover your mouth and i loose my mind.
    it's the ONLY thing i can not stand.
  2. by   HappyNurse2005
    I don't like to look at vomit. well, if its on a person's mouth or the like, its okay, because its not much. puddles of it, pools of it, all of it in an emesis basin-no way. i give them the basin, wipe foreheads with the cool cloth, helpt hem clean their mouth. When it comes time to dump the emesis basin and its "contents" and rinse it out, I do it without looking.

    I look up or to the side while dumping and rinsing, and look every so often to make sure its well rinsed. Though, by then, most of the funk is gone. Of course, I do it subtely enough so that the patient doesn't notice.
  3. by   charlottegirl
    OMG I am SO glad this thread is on here. I HATE VOMIT! I am scared of it and will go to most any length to avoid throwing up. I've wondered how in the heck I'd be able to go to nursing school so I am so relieved to see I'm not the only one!!
  4. by   lainith
    I'm much more bothered by myself vomiting than others. The only thing about throwing up that makes me kinda queasy is the sound! Yuckies!
  5. by   jenrn6282
    Quote from night owl
    I've always had a fear of vomit. In my 30 years in nursing, it has never gotten any better. My biggest fear is having a noro virus run through my facility. It happened about 4 years ago and I'll tell you, it was a living HELL! After day two I had to call out sick not because I was sick, but because I couldn't stand it any more. People were vomiting everywhere and I hope to God it never happens again! When my kids were small and they would get sick, my husband had to take over because I was useless. As a nurse, that's pretty bad and I was ashamed of myself, but thank God for my husband and my savior.

    your ematophobic like me ! LOL ......isnt it awful!!!!!!! I WISH I COULD JUST GET OVER IT....BUT REALLY I CANT!
  6. by   Melindy06
    Thank goodness for this thread! I am a pre-nursing student and am soooo excited to become a nurse, but I HATE vomit! I am embarrassed to admit it, but it's true. Oddly enough I was at work today and saw a woman puking in the parking lot. My whole body started tingling and I was repulsed. I hear that you eventually become numb to this, so I really hope that that's partially true. I don't mind other bodily fluids, but there is just something about the sound, smell, and oh so unpleasant site of a puddle of puke.
  7. by   whipping girl in 07
    Not a fan of icky smells and bodily fluids in general.

    But I really hate feet (clean or dirty, doesn't matter, if they're not attached to someone less than a year old, I want no part of them).

    And eye injuries...I think I just threw up in my mouth a little...

    Don't like respiratory secretions either if they are not contained. Ballard to a ETT or trach, no problem. Yankauer, ewwwww. Trach with flowby, gag. And BTW, if you cough up a loogie, don't save it for me. Just tell me, I'll take your word for it.

    Once upon a time I too was a sympathetic puker.

    I did almost throw up on the first patient I ever gave a bed bath to. VA hospital, Tuesday/Thursday clinicals. The patients on this ward were...I'm not making this up...on either the Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday bath schedule. So on Tuesday, yes, those old guys were ripe, since they'd not had a bath since the previous Thursday. I just hope if they were incontinent or something they were cleaned up. In any case, I was about 8 weeks pregnant, lovely morning sickness, and when I pulled that gown off and got started...yeah, I RAN down the hall holding my hand over my mouth. There wasn't even a bathroom in the room, I had to go to the nurse's station. Came out, instructor asked me if I was OK. I told her yes and she said good, get back to that bath. I was mortified, but I walked back in, changed the bath water, since it was cold, and gave him a bath. Poor guy, it wasn't his fault...I hope he didn't think he smelled so bad I puked. I think I told him I was pregnant and having morning sickness.

    The longer I'm in nursing the better I get at breathing through the gag reflex and not throwing up on the patient because they're throwing up or I'm smelling something truly awful.
  8. by   lpnstudentin2010
    This is also the thing I am most worried about, sympathetic vomiter here and the only time I have tried to change a diaper, (though it was over 8 years ago) I puked.

    Quote from Paprikat
    I hate vomit. I get queasy when I hear someone wretching. Working in a LTC facility, I get paranoid when we have an outbreak of gastroenteritis (ie: Norwalk). I am so afraid to get it. I'll deal with blood, vomit, gross drainage, etc., but barf...can't do it!


    lol you can deal with vomit but not barf?
  9. by   Dixiecup
    Quote from Paprikat
    I hate vomit. I get queasy when I hear someone wretching. Working in a LTC facility, I get paranoid when we have an outbreak of gastroenteritis (ie: Norwalk). I am so afraid to get it. I'll deal with blood, vomit, gross drainage, etc., but barf...can't do it!
    I also hate vomit but as you stated, I REALLY can't stand the wretching and associated noise. I don't understand why this has to happen. I hate to vomit myself and will try to put it off as long as possible but if you have the flu sometimes it just has to happen!

    But when I vomit, I just do it, no noise involved. Why do people have to make the awful noise? My husband has an ulcer and every few months he throws up for about 24 hours and the wretching is unbearable. Is it really necessary to make all that noise?
  10. by   donsterRN
    Quote from Dixiecup
    I also hate vomit but as you stated, I REALLY can't stand the wretching and associated noise. I don't understand why this has to happen. I hate to vomit myself and will try to put it off as long as possible but if you have the flu sometimes it just has to happen!

    But when I vomit, I just do it, no noise involved. Why do people have to make the awful noise? My husband has an ulcer and every few months he throws up for about 24 hours and the wretching is unbearable. Is it really necessary to make all that noise?
    I am SO LOUD!!! I try not to be, but honestly, I can't be quiet. I've tried. Truth.
  11. by   downsouthlaff
    I can be in the room during a childbirth, i can watch any surgery, i cna clean up any diaherriah, i can watch IV needles and shot needles be inserted with flying colors, but when i see someone vomiting, i tremble at the sight of it!!!

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