Nurse Quirks - page 3

by TheBlackDogWaits

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Have any of you found yourself more and more disgusted with random things or processes as you moved through your education and/or career? For instance, if you have kids or domesticated animals -- did you start hypersanitizing? ... Read More


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    I triage any person who mentions anything ailing them. A friend says he has a bad headache on FB, I come back with: "would you call this the worst pain you've ever had? How would you rate the pain on a scale of 0-10? Any visual changes? Halos? Nausea/vomiting? How is your balance? Did you have any head trauma?"

    "No. I just haven't had any coffee today."

    I used to call the care line for anything going on with my kids until a nurse asked me why I was calling when I just answered all of the questions she was going to ask me before she even asked them. "Not too many mothers have listened to their child's breath sounds with a stethescope and know to tell me their child has scattered wheezes bilaterally in the mid lung fields and their respirations are 17/min with no retractions and the kid is afebrile...."

    Oh, and I do neuro checks any time my kids bonk their heads....
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    I have become more OCD. Its over the top I know but, when I use the washroom, I flush the toilet with a piece of toilet paper, immediately putting the seat down, and after I wash my hands, I turn the water off with my elbow and open the door with my hand in my shirt or the back of my wrist (its a lever type handle, not a twist knob.) I logically know that washing my hands would suffice, but I'm a little OCD.
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    Quote from Orion81
    I have become more OCD. Its over the top I know but, when I use the washroom, I flush the toilet with a piece of toilet paper, immediately putting the seat down, and after I wash my hands, I turn the water off with my elbow and open the door with my hand in my shirt or the back of my wrist (its a lever type handle, not a twist knob.) I logically know that washing my hands would suffice, but I'm a little OCD.
    Oh, I also dry my hands on the back part of the bathroom towel where no one else has touched.
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    I'm very aware of the risks and all the germs involved. I provide care to 30 elderly, and I've seen some pretty disgusting things during some of my shifts. However, I don't obsess over cleanliness. Handwashing, clean and sterile techniques are very important, but I'm not overly concerned or thinking about germs every minute. I'd never get anything done, and any obsession can quickly become unhealthy. I'm sick less than once a year, so I must be doing something right.
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    I open public bathrooms with a napkin, and open the door with a paper towel to exit. I never touch the actual medal of the faucets or the handles without the barrier of a paper towel. I have caught myself running the hand dryer until someone comes through the door, and I catch it with my foot. I don't wear shoes inside my home, and seeing that- my friends and family follow suit. I have NO carpet, and I wash my bedding every 3-4 days, Lol(I do have a dog). He knows when we come in from outside he's going to have his paws wiped off with a Sanitizing Cloth in a drawer by our door, and gets a treat for waiting by the drawer on re-entry to the home. So, he may be as Neurotic as me now- or he likes the treat

    My Veterinarian got on to me, he said, "You are bathing this pup too much." And we changed to an Oatmeal wash for him, $30 a Quart. But, a small price to pay to bath him 3-4 times a week
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Jan 4, '13
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    Absolutely! After Microbiology I wanted to cover my pets bottom with a diaper; afterall, humans wear underpants pets should too.
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    Ironically, I do the same thing, when using public stalls.
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    Quote from LPNintransition
    Absolutely! After Microbiology I wanted to cover my pets bottom with a diaper; afterall, humans wear underpants pets should too.
    Lol when I was 12 we used to put a pair of my old underwear on our dog, whenever she had her period. She was 100 pounds and bled quite a bit. Quite funny watching her walk around the house with a pair of underwear on.
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    Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRN
    I open public bathrooms with a napkin, and open the door with a paper towel to exit. I never touch the actual medal of the faucets or the handles without the barrier of a paper towel. I have caught myself running the hand dryer until someone comes through the door, and I catch it with my foot. I don't wear shoes inside my home, and seeing that- my friends and family follow suit. I have NO carpet, and I wash my bedding every 3-4 days, Lol(I do have a dog). He knows when we come in from outside he's going to have his paws wiped off with a Sanitizing Cloth in a drawer by our door, and gets a treat for waiting by the drawer on re-entry to the home. So, he may be as Neurotic as me now- or he likes the treat

    My Veterinarian got on to me, he said, "You are bathing this pup too much." And we changed to an Oatmeal wash for him, $30 a Quart. But, a small price to pay to bath him 3-4 times a week
    Yikes! I thought I was bad! :-)

    At work I'm anal retentive. I constantly sanitize if j touch anything, etc. At home, I operate on the philosophy that we need germs to build immunity. I rarely get sick (knock on wood) but when I do I tend to spike at 105 or so. To avoid illness I always get 8-9 hours of sleep, I work out at least 5 days a week, I eat mostly whole foods and drink fluids. I really think that does most of the job. From a cleanliness standpoint I ALWAYS wash my hands whenever I'm coming in from being outdoors, I sanitize after the grocery store, public transit and gas station only, and I don't always clean off countertops with a heavy-duty solution unless it calls for it.

    I do, however, remove my shoes and leave them in a plastic-lined Tupperware container in the car or closet. I never, ever step inside my home with shoes that have been on a hospital floor!
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    Yup! I am all for the building up immunity, eating a boatload of Vit C, Iron, and Zinc. It's just those Germs that survive the Hospital environment are tough little boogers. I would die if I got Bo sick- he's just 10 or so inches off the floor.
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