Gross Out Co-Worker - page 4

OK, I know I've posted about this before but things have gotten worse! My co-worker has nauseating, foul gas and she passes it in close proximity to people. I don't know if she has some kind of... Read More

  1. by   Meerkat
    You guys are great! I think you have some good ideas. We did try the light hearted jokey thing, sprayed Glade around, but she wouldn't 'fess up. We are going to have to pull out the Big Guns. So to speak. But what about the stuff that is not infection control? I mean the disgusting eating-like-a-pig thing? Spewing little morsels of graham grackers in your direction because she won't stop talking with a full mouth? Obviously I don't eat with her, but she comes into the nurses' station spouting bits of lunch?
  2. by   P_RN
    For the face thing have you tried handing her a Kleenex and saying here you need to go to the restroom and wipe your face. (put on your depends and wash).

    I had a NM who would finish lunch (mouth open all the while) and then take her napkin and start nostril hygiene. Ewwww.

    We"d arrange NOT to take our lunch at the same time she did. Since she WAS the management there was not much more to try.
  3. by   Meerkat
    Another good idea.
    I'm glad you mentioned the nostril hygiene.
    Recently I had a really really bad cold...it was going around the hosp actually. Not to be too graphic, but I was having copious amounts of nasal drainage. I had to blow several times an hour and it was frankly a pain in the butt to go to the bathroom each time to do it, but I figured it's pretty gross to have to listen to someone honk into a tissue all day. I'm glad I did the right thing.
    Incidentally, someone said to me, "I was wish you sick people would stay home instead of infecting the rest of us". I realize it's not enjoyable to have a sick co-worker, but if they will pay my light bill so I can stay home, I'll gladly stay home!
  4. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Quote from mercyteapot
    Baha

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  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Meerkat
    You guys are great! I think you have some good ideas. We did try the light hearted jokey thing, sprayed Glade around, but she wouldn't 'fess up. We are going to have to pull out the Big Guns. So to speak. But what about the stuff that is not infection control? I mean the disgusting eating-like-a-pig thing? Spewing little morsels of graham grackers in your direction because she won't stop talking with a full mouth? Obviously I don't eat with her, but she comes into the nurses' station spouting bits of lunch?
    How i'd approach it would be to have a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a rag near by, and when she flings food, put gloves on right in front of her, and wipe of the counter with an alcohol dampened rag. It's a matter of getting rid of what landed on the counter, maybe she'll get a clue.

    If that doesn't do it, i'd flat out say "Kindly do not talk with your mouth full, please, bits are coming out of your mouth.".
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    "I was wish you sick people would stay home instead of infecting the rest of us"
    Years ago someone said something like that to me, when i had sinus issues (no infection), and was having a hard time breathing. I was cranky anyway, because i felt lousy and wasn't sleeping well, and the first thing taht came to mind was "unless i'm flicking boogers in your direction, you'll be ok, PHYSICALLY at least".
  7. by   buddiage
    Quote from Meerkat
    You guys are great! I think you have some good ideas. We did try the light hearted jokey thing, sprayed Glade around, but she wouldn't 'fess up. We are going to have to pull out the Big Guns. So to speak. But what about the stuff that is not infection control? I mean the disgusting eating-like-a-pig thing? Spewing little morsels of graham grackers in your direction because she won't stop talking with a full mouth? Obviously I don't eat with her, but she comes into the nurses' station spouting bits of lunch?
    A slight grimace on one side of your mouth and a muscle spasm in one of your eyes should get the point across.:uhoh21:
  8. by   flashpoint
    Does anyone remember that TV show (kind of like American Idol) where contestants got to show their inventions? Someone on the show invented inserts to put in underwear that were supposed to absorb the smell from farts...if you could remember the name of the show, you might be able to contac the inventor and get her a present!
  9. by   AspiringRNin09
    MY two cents...

    I work in a Central Telemetry room. Mind you this room is about 10x6. With a window that they bolt shut to keep the room "climate" controlled for all the pc's that we use. I have TWO coworkers that fit the bill with what you are talking about. One is so gross that she constantly toots and the laughs about it. It is filthy. Several of my coworkers and I have talked to her about it on a bunch of occasions. She laughs at us and thinks it is a big joke. If I feel the need to toot, I walk outside in the hallway. Finally I got fed up and told the supervisor and now...fresh air for all.

    We work in the health profession. I have lots of understanding for alot of gross things because I see it on a daily basis. But this had to stop. You have to be very assertive and let this person know she is offensive. If she does not rectify her "problem" or at least go in the bathroom to do it, speak to the supervisor!

    Just my two cents...
  10. by   Meerkat
    Quote from AspiringRNin09
    MY two cents...

    I work in a Central Telemetry room. Mind you this room is about 10x6. With a window that they bolt shut to keep the room "climate" controlled for all the pc's that we use. I have TWO coworkers that fit the bill with what you are talking about. One is so gross that she constantly toots and the laughs about it. It is filthy. Several of my coworkers and I have talked to her about it on a bunch of occasions. She laughs at us and thinks it is a big joke. If I feel the need to toot, I walk outside in the hallway. Finally I got fed up and told the supervisor and now...fresh air for all.

    We work in the health profession. I have lots of understanding for alot of gross things because I see it on a daily basis. But this had to stop. You have to be very assertive and let this person know she is offensive. If she does not rectify her "problem" or at least go in the bathroom to do it, speak to the supervisor!

    Just my two cents...
    Wow! Do you know what the boss said to them? You poor thing, in a tiny room like that with those cretins!
  11. by   Meerkat
    Quote from Meerkat
    Wow! Do you know what the boss said to them? You poor thing, in a tiny room like that with those cretins!
    Just asking if you know what the boss said so I can use it !
  12. by   Natkat
    I have to admit I'm kinda gassy too. I found out what was causing it - as I've gotten older I've developed lactose intolerance. But I gave everyone around a gift and stopped eating dairy products at work. Problem solved. I did my best to excuse myself and break wind off the floor, but sometimes if I was stuck and couldn't get away, I couldn't help it!

    But at least I was aware and worked really hard on solving the problem.

    I have a co-worker with a really gross habit. He eats raw garlic as a way of trying to control his cholesterol and he reeks!!! It's awful. Worse is he does this in the break room so not only does he stink, but he stinks up the break room and it's hard to eat breakfast after he's been in there. Being in there with him is even worse. He slurps, eats with mouth wide open, talks with his mouth full and has screaming cell phone coversations in Cebuano (a Philippine language) during his whole break. I do everything in my power to not take my break the same time as him. I'll even skip lunch before I'll eat in the same room with him.
  13. by   MS._Jen_RN
    Quote from cotjockey
    Does anyone remember that TV show (kind of like American Idol) where contestants got to show their inventions? Someone on the show invented inserts to put in underwear that were supposed to absorb the smell from farts...if you could remember the name of the show, you might be able to contac the inventor and get her a present!
    It was American Inventor. I thought that I was the only one who saw that one. Stupid show by the way. But that guy made me about wet myself.:roll
    ~Jen

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