Nurse Quirks - page 6

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 --... Read More

  1. Visit  exit96} profile page
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    I wipe down my work area at the beginning of the shift. I have seen the people I follow :-0!! It is merely an attempt to avoid any junk possible. I use sanitizer in and out of rooms, I wash my hands. At restaurants I make sure my hands are clean before I eat. Even before being a Nurse I did this stuff with a seerious effort, too often do I see disgusting grown men, kids, whomever coming out of the stall in a restroom and not even considering washing their hands.
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  3. Visit  brillohead} profile page
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    Quote from exit96
    I wipe down my work area at the beginning of the shift. I have seen the people I follow :-0!! It is merely an attempt to avoid any junk possible.
    First semester of nursing school clinical, I was shadowing a nurse in a MRSA room. She was gowned and gloved, and proceeded to assess her patient, then chart on the COW. I saw her touch the keyboard, mouse, wristband-scanner, and COW handles with her gloves on immediately after examining the pressure ulcer on the patient's sacrum. She then removed her gown and gloves and pushed (with her bare hands) the COW out of the patient's room and into the next patient's room.
  4. Visit  AutumnDraidean} profile page
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    Way back in the late '90's I worked some in VRE isolation. The hospital provided scrubs and I dug out an old pair of sneakers and hid them near this area. Because what's the point of supplying scrubs when I'm wearing nasty shoes home or heaven help us all, over in OB?!!

    At work I'm on standard precautions, At home and in public I'm chill. The people you see walk out without washing our hands might have hand sanatiser in our pocket. If there are no paper towels and only a weak hand dryer? I don't really want to have to dry my hands on my clothes!

    When we travel as a family I'm a lot more vigilent because I've gotten colds or gi bugs on trips that my immune system didn't take care of. Flight attendednts have told me stories of spending most of their first year sick in one form or another. They also tell me to be aware that planes don't get cleaned in between flights in any way we would want them to be. Since learning that, and taking simple steps, I havent gotten sick on any trips. (came down with a nasty cold when I got home.)

    You can be too clean at home. and there just aren't that many diseases that go from clean, healthy pets to us.
  5. Visit  monkeybug} profile page
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    Quote from pockunit
    I sleep more. And I'm on my fourth (probable) virus illness since December started. Those are about the only changes. Oh, and I eyeball veins wherever I go.
    My brother will often say, "Quit staring at my veins, you freak!" I, too, scope out veins!
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  6. Visit  psu_213} profile page
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    Quote from monkeybug
    My brother will often say, "Quit staring at my veins, you freak!" I, too, scope out veins!
    LOL, I think every ER nurse does...and I'm sure some non-ER nurses.
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  7. Visit  itsnowornever} profile page
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    Quote from monkeybug

    My brother will often say, "Quit staring at my veins, you freak!" I, too, scope out veins!
    I salivate looking at my sons veins, poor kids only 8. LOL. When I'm looking he'll say "Go to work and like your patients mom, leave me alone" LMAO poor kid
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  8. Visit  JBudd} profile page
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    My SIL in a med tech, so when we'd sit on either side of my husband we would both start stroking the huge veins on the backs of his hands; he'd start yelling to leave him alone!
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  9. Visit  Tiffanybaybay} profile page
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    So at first I thought, wow, these people are all crazy I don't do anything like that, then i looked down at my air mattress. LMBO!!!

    I tossed my mattress and insist on sleeping on an air mattress because of the constant exposure to bedbugs at my job. We even found a couple at work and put them in a specimen cup! UGH! Well they can't crawl very far and they live in mattresses or walls...

    So I promptly threw away my old mattress and sleep on an air mattress in the middle of my room to insure I would NOT have the lovely experience of being attacked by bedbugs. They totally freak me out.

    lol, I don't even tell anyone that cuz I think they'll think I'm crazy, like all of you guys! LOL
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  10. Visit  chicookie} profile page
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    I am really disgusted by toes. Before nursing I never had a problem.
    I have dealt with some really ugly feet and for some reason it just disgusts me. I don't want to see nobodies toes! Especially older people toes. Baby and kids toes are ok but I don't want them anywhere near me.

    It might have to do something with that one patient I had..............his toe fell off and we had to look for it in the bedsheets. *puke*
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  11. Visit  somenurse} profile page
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    Quote from chicookie
    I am really disgusted by toes. Before nursing I never had a problem.
    I have dealt with some really ugly feet and for some reason it just disgusts me. I don't want to see nobodies toes! Especially older people toes. Baby and kids toes are ok but I don't want them anywhere near me.

    It might have to do something with that one patient I had..............his toe fell off and we had to look for it in the bedsheets. *puke*

    oh i kinda identify. I have a whole thing, about eyeballs.
    for real, eyeballs, eyeball injuries, foreign objects in eyeballs,
    even a really detailed STORY about an eyeball injury, can almost make me swoon.

    mind you, i am otherwise very durable nurse. I *could* change a colostomy, or hold an amputated limb AND eat my lunch, if that were allowed or possible,
    generally, i am the last one to puke at work.

    but, eyeballs, oh my, i get cold sweats, see lil dots and hear that high-pitch "wheeeeeee" noise one hears right before they pass out.

    Another nurse in the ER, she had whole thing about nosebleeds, could not bear a nosebleed, made her wanna puke or faint.

    so whenever we worked together, i took all her nosebleeds, she took all my eyeball patients. Worked out great, we were both happy.

    I've known many a nurse who condenses down allllllllll the gross outs we all face,
    down into one (1) gross out,
    like me and my eyeball thing.
    I know nurses who can't deal with sputum, (understandable) or puke, or even DENTURES!! For real, plain ol dentures send some nurses swooning.

    I suspect it might be a form of a coping mechanism,
    that maybe, by allowing ourselves to fully indulge in the one (1) gross out,
    it might somehow help us deal with the other 99 things we forced ourselves to deal with without reaction.

    ...that's my theory, anyway! ha ha!!
  12. Visit  uRNmyway} profile page
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    Quote from Tiffanybaybay
    So at first I thought, wow, these people are all crazy I don't do anything like that, then i looked down at my air mattress. LMBO!!!

    I tossed my mattress and insist on sleeping on an air mattress because of the constant exposure to bedbugs at my job. We even found a couple at work and put them in a specimen cup! UGH! Well they can't crawl very far and they live in mattresses or walls...

    So I promptly threw away my old mattress and sleep on an air mattress in the middle of my room to insure I would NOT have the lovely experience of being attacked by bedbugs. They totally freak me out.

    lol, I don't even tell anyone that cuz I think they'll think I'm crazy, like all of you guys! LOL
    Wrong, wrong, and wrong. Bedbugs can crawl much farther than you think. They latch on to you and your clothes. They can also get on an airmattress the same way they could on anything else. And they do not live only on mattresses or walls. Carpets, toys, clothes, drawers, book linings, etc. That is why they are everywhere. Oh, and lots of people think they only go after people who have messy/dirty environments. Also false.
  13. Visit  uRNmyway} profile page
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    As far as the excessive sanitizing, working as a nurse has changed nothing about my habits. I wash my hands if visibly dirty, or if I touch someone/something that was visibly dirty. I will wash after I leave a room in isolation, and sanitize between patients. I won't stop myself from eating at work, or eating with hospital cutlery. I don't obsessively clean my work station.
    At home, same basic idea. If I use a cutting board for meat I will wash it right away with soap and hot water, but that's pretty much it.
    For food/leftovers, I perform the sniff test. Maybe it comes from being a broke nursing student and having to stretch every dollar lol.
    With my daughter, I do the same. She puts stuff in her mouth all the time (18 month old). She cuddles on my dog. She once sat IN the toilet. Like, in the actual toilet bowl. And she really only started getting sick when I brought her to daycare a few times like in November.
    But with all this, we still are pretty healthy, although my immune system seems much better than my daughter's and fiance's. They recently got a pretty bad case of viral gastroenteritis. Sick as dogs for 4-5 days, fever, body aches, N/V. I had body aches and fever for 12 hours, slept it off, back to normal next morning. My fiance refers to it as my superhuman nurse immune system lol.
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  14. Visit  jetfuel} profile page
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    I've always been a bit of a germaphobe, even from childhood (when I became aware of "little nasties"). But I felt that, during my pre-reqs, that I had a far better sense of what was reasonable - how, when, and why.

    What's most interesting was when I was most of the way through Microbiology, I said (and posted on facebook!): "...learned that all my 'silly' ideas about cleanliness, 'germs' and infection were true after all." I was right!


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