I can't get "poop" taste out of my mouth? - page 4

Long story short, had 2nd clinical ever today and was assigned to a very edematous bed-bound pt with right-sided CHF. She had really bad skin breakdown and, as we were turning her to change the... Read More

  1. by   tch1920
    It is very unlikely that you have poop particles in your mouth. Skin particles? Maybe..... Once you get home strip down and shower. It is most likely that you get a whiff of the stench and it seems like you can taste it. Autoclaving your uniform will become habit after a while.
  2. by   brillohead
    Quote from foggnm
    I worked in a trauma/surgical/burn ICU and I know exactly what you're talking about. I even have thought about introducing a nasal spray for nurses called 'No Scents' that you can use to spray in your nose after having to smell whatever bad smell it is. I figured it would contain some essential oils or other scents to override the receptors. If anyone wants to help bring this to market, private message me. You can use some vick's vapor rub or peppermint oil on your neck or something else equally pungent to get that sticky smell out of your airway/mouth/nose.
    Similar product already on the market, although it's not a spray: S'nough Stick
  3. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Philly85
    So just because I'm brand new, I'm not allowed to call out an experienced nurse for a legitimate reason? Maybe me saying "I wanted to slap the nurse" was a poor choice of wording, I was just annoyed b/c I got a huge debris cloud right in my face.

    And I obviously don't think she did it on purpose, I'm sure she just wasn't thinking of it at the time for perhaps any number of reasons. I understand that people make mistakes and I know I'm not above making them, either.

    However, just because I don't have any experience doesn't preclude me from being allowed to be annoyed. If I were a nurse with 20 yrs experience, everyone on here would probably say "omg, I know I hate when people do that", instead of smacking me down b/c of lack of experience.

    I'm usually a very patient and understanding person. Note I did not *actually* slap her, nor did I say anything to her, as I understand it was not on purpose. She actually was really helpful to me throughout the day and let me do several things we had just learned in lab. This was not an attack on her, I was just venting my frustration, as any normal person would.

    And to address another poster who had mentioned the code situation and not being able to help "slinging" things at each other, my situation was completely different. Things were pretty calm on the floor at the time and the nurse was not rushing around or showing any outward signs of being stressed out. I understand she still may have been stressed and was just doing a good job of keeping her composure, but still, she definitely did not need to be flinging around those sheets like that.

    AGAIN, I understand no one is perfect and it may have been a one-time thing. I was just VENTING, people!
    How is that pedestal you're on? High enough?

    Critizing an experienced nurse when you, yourself have zero nursing experience & exclaiming you wanted to "slap her" is petty. How can you criticize something you have zero experience in? Once (if) you get real world nursing experience you will realize that the nurse did nothing wrong. They teach you how to do things by the book but in the real world, it isn't like that. If we did everything by the book we would never get done with our work.

    How do you know the nurse wasn't busy? Did you ask her or just assume? Maybe she had a bunch of doctors to call back or documentation to do.

    To make a big stink about something you don't know much about doesn't make you look good.

    We are all experienced nurses & know what the real world is like. Nursing school is nothing like actually being a nurse. You think when I worked LTC I had time to do the linens on a bed that was occupied by a patient? You do things as efficiently & quickly as possible. I don't have time to be in a patient's room for 30+ minutes. Ten minutes is way too much!

    Our opinions wouldn't change if you had real nursing experience. It just makes you look worse than if you were actually working as a nurse.

    If the nurse would've done something truly bad like reusing a needle or violating HIPAA, then I could understand your distress. But what that nurse did didn't harm you or the patient.
  4. by   lovingtheunloved
    Honestly, pretty much everything in the hospital has poop on it. Sorry.
  5. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from lovingtheunloved
    Honestly, pretty much everything in the hospital has poop on it. Sorry.
    Poop is everywhere, even out in the "real" world. It's unavoidable. Lol.
  6. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from Philly85
    So just because I'm brand new, I'm not allowed to call out an experienced nurse for a legitimate reason?
    When you actually HAVE a legitimate reason then maybe.

    And I obviously don't think she did it on purpose, I'm sure she just wasn't thinking of it at the time for perhaps any number of reasons. I understand that people make mistakes and I know I'm not above making them, either.
    She didn't make a mistake.

    This was not an attack on her, I was just venting my frustration, as any normal person would do.
    No, you are not reacting normally. Being grossed out is normal. Being angry and frustrated is not. Thinking the nurse screwed up is not. Had you come here and told us about how you were helping change sheets and got a face full of stank so bad you can taste it we would have commiserated. Instead you blamed the nurse and accused her of doing her job wrong.

    Things were pretty calm on the floor at the time and the nurse was not rushing around or showing any outward signs of being stressed out?
    As a nurse it's our job to remain calm. Stressed out nurses make stressed out patients.

    AGAIN, I understand no one is perfect and it may have been a one-time thing. I was just VENTING, people!
    Sorry to break it to you but this is the first in a long line of exposures to icky human detritus you will experience. Learn to plan for it but realize that it sometimes sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Wait until you do your first foley on a patient that isn't so ummmm fresh down there. If it upsets you this much wear a mask and face shield like another poster said. Nobody would blame you.

    A little bit of essential oil inside a mask will help immensely. Doesn't matter the fragrance. Choose what you like. Also, iodoform packing strips do an amazing job of eliminating odors in stinky rooms. Hopefully this will help you avoid the grodie taste in your mouth from happening again.
  7. by   Mavrick
    Quote from Philly85
    Wow, seriously you guys with all the hate? I was asking a serious question and NO IT'S NOT A DENTAL ISSUE. I floss every night and have perfect teeth and gums and have never had a cavity.

    And YES, I wanted to slap the nurse, b/c we were taught that you are supposed to roll up the dirty bedding gently and so that the dirty side is on the inside, while having the dirty linens bin nearby, not just fling it all over the place and eventually onto the floor, causing debris to go everywhere.

    The residual "taste" has mostly gone away, and I have several nurse friends who have confirmed that they have had this happen as well.

    So, yeah, you can all get off your high horse. Jeez...
    Actually it wasn't your original post I found offensive. It was your follow up attack on the AllNurses community that marks you as the hater.

    Just keep doublin' down and see how fresh you smell to those around you.
  8. by   Esme12
    Quote from Philly85
    Wow, seriously you guys with all the hate? I was asking a serious question and NO IT'S NOT A DENTAL ISSUE. I floss every night and have perfect teeth and gums and have never had a cavity.

    And YES, I wanted to slap the nurse, b/c we were taught that you are supposed to roll up the dirty bedding gently and so that the dirty side is on the inside, while having the dirty linens bin nearby, not just fling it all over the place and eventually onto the floor, causing debris to go everywhere.

    The residual "taste" has mostly gone away, and I have several nurse friends who have confirmed that they have had this happen as well.

    So, yeah, you can all get off your high horse. Jeez...
    ((HUGS)) Before you get even further upset....they were laughing WITH you not AT you.....they were teasing.

    Things are not always done like they are in nursing school.....and unless the nurse shook them out as if she was going to hang them on a clothesline....it is highly unlikely you got stool particles in your mouth and even more unlikely they would leave a real residual taste in your mouth. So before you continue with your urges to "slap" the nurse (I hope you meant figuratively and not literally) understand that things are not always done in the real world of nursing as they were taught in school.

    I have on occasion had smells "stick" in my nose, like a GI bleed, that seems to stick around a bit but all are really harmless.
  9. by   AliNajaCat
    It is how the elderly bestow their wisdom and good-nature upon us.
    I love it. I will remember this the next time I take off my black leggings and see all the elder dust inside them. It appears I might have extra to go around.
  10. by   lnvitale
    OP, same thing has happened to me. It's psychological, but it's powerful!

    The reason I know that it's psychological is that the only thing that makes it go away is to stop thinking about it. Literally do not allow yourself to have another thought about it. It will go away.

    It gets easier.
  11. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from Amethya
    ...dust of skin flakes flying around, trying to cut the old cast, and I probably swallowed some and horrible stink of cat pee and other stuff after opening that cast...
    Now I just want to know how the cat managed to pee on her cast (in her cast??)
  12. by   hppygr8ful
    Quote from Philly85
    So just because I'm brand new, I'm not allowed to call out an experienced nurse for a legitimate reason? Maybe me saying "I wanted to slap the nurse" was a poor choice of wording, I was just annoyed b/c I got a huge debris cloud right in my face.

    And I obviously don't think she did it on purpose, I'm sure she just wasn't thinking of it at the time for perhaps any number of reasons. I understand that people make mistakes and I know I'm not above making them, either.

    However, just because I don't have any experience doesn't preclude me from being allowed to be annoyed. If I were a nurse with 20 yrs experience, everyone on here would probably say "omg, I know I hate when people do that", instead of smacking me down b/c of lack of experience.

    I'm usually a very patient and understanding person. Note I did not *actually* slap her, nor did I say anything to her, as I understand it was not on purpose. She actually was really helpful to me throughout the day and let me do several things we had just learned in lab. This was not an attack on her, I was just venting my frustration, as any normal person would.

    And to address another poster who had mentioned the code situation and not being able to help "slinging" things at each other, my situation was completely different. Things were pretty calm on the floor at the time and the nurse was not rushing around or showing any outward signs of being stressed out. I understand she still may have been stressed and was just doing a good job of keeping her composure, but still, she definitely did not need to be flinging around those sheets like that.

    AGAIN, I understand no one is perfect and it may have been a one-time thing. I was just VENTING, people!
    Ok so let me suggest something that may help prevent this type of reaction in the future. I totally get needing to vent and have frequently done so here. I have been a member here quite sometime and am well known for my brand of sarcasm and wit. You don't stay sane as a long time psych nurse without effective venting from time to time.

    So if venting is what you are trying to do start with VENT, VENTING, Or JUST NEED TO VENT etc.
    Then begin your story which might have gone something like this. I am a student nurse on my 2nd day of clinical and something happened that made me want to vomit today!

    Your first post made it seem as though you were putting down and insulting the care the nurse you were with. With quoted remarks like "I learned this is the only acceptable way to do this." When confronted you backed down and explained that the nurse was really very helpful and accommodating and over-all and you had a great experience with the exception of this one incident which was not the tone of your first post.

    Had you said these things then went into ......."Something happened that really grossed me out........and now I can't get this taste out of my mouth! What should I do? You could describe the procedure and then say "I am a bit confused because that's not the way I learned to do that in school" Etc..... Are you getting my point - it's not what you say but how you say it.

    You do seem sincere but to be fair to the people who replied to you we do get a fairly large number of first time posters who seem determined to anger the regulars then sit back and watch the fire works. We Crusty Old bats are a sensitive lot and while we may talk about realities of nursing to the un-informed or the new - Most of us have rarely or ever been accused of giving sub-standard care. Some cases just require you to work around methods you were taught in school as best case scenarios.

    I train a lot of new grads in the psych facility and I tell them all to ask me questions if something I do is different from what they learned - I also try to determine just how teachable a preceptee is.

    I hope you get what I am trying to say !

    Hppy
  13. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from hppygr8ful
    I also try to determine just how teachable a preceptee is.
    I was just thinking about this exact thing, too!

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