Nurse Quirks - page 8

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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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!!
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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.
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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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    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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    Quote from itsnowornever
    I salivate looking at my sons veins...
    Boy...out of context, that would be a most disturbing statement.
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    Quote from jetfuel

    Boy...out of context, that would be a most disturbing statement.
    LMAO yes it would. BUT if you saw his neck you'd wanna do a million IVs there too! LMAO


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