Originally posted by ITSJUSTMEZOE
LOL By the time you figure out a smell you have thought of at least 12 Nursing Diagnosis for them, the smells can be your friend , and your worst enemy... but they are a clue as to what is going on...
You're RIGHT, Zoe! I remember learning that in nursing school and thinking to myself, "Ohmigosh-- I thought I could get through my entire nursing career by breathing through my mouth and NEVER smelling anything potentially gag-worthy or disgusting!"
I still often breathe through my mouth and find it works best for me in certain situations, although sometimes afterward, I feel like I have a bad taste in my mouth...
Also, for patients with odor problems (colostomy, GI bleed, etc.), I order air fresheners from central supply dept. that come in a small non-aeresol spray and a jar with liquid air freshener with a wick that scents the room nicely-- Great for those semi-private rooms!
I was worried about many sights, smells, and bodily functions before I went to nursing school and was thankful to discover that compassion, more often than not, kicked in, and all I generally thought about when there was a bad odor or other unpleasantness, was the need to help the patient.