Nurse Quirks - page 9

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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    Lol, I got some weird looks at my mom's Christmas party this year for the vein thing too. My cousin has these HOSES you could stick with a 16G, eyes shut, no problem. I even took a picture lol.

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    Quote from Jean Marie46514
    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.
    I used to work with an OB who had the same issues about eyes. So one day one of the older nurses cooked up something with a patient and her family. When it was time to deliver she called him in and she had left the sheet over the patient. He pulled the sheet back, and they had placed a plastic googly eye one either side of her, um, perineum. The doctor recoiled and then everyone had a good laugh.
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    Quote from monkeybug
    I used to work with an OB who had the same issues about eyes. So one day one of the older nurses cooked up something with a patient and her family. When it was time to deliver she called him in and she had left the sheet over the patient. He pulled the sheet back, and they had placed a plastic googly eye one either side of her, um, perineum. The doctor recoiled and then everyone had a good laugh.
    LOL!
    oh, yeah!! I think many nurses DO have one (1) thing that they do allow themselves to be grossed out about,
    and once that one thing becomes known to your coworkers (usually is)
    we can become targets for pranks!

    Pranks i have seen (and/or participated in)

    Nurse who is creeped out by urine (i know, urine? of all the things? urine? but, yeah, she was)
    Nurse2 comes into nurses station, with well-cleaned, never-used urinal off of the shelf, filled with apple juice. Says to other nurses in station, "wow, my patients urine smells so odd, wonder if i can send specimen to lab, or should i get the order first?"
    and then, after everyone encourages nurse2 to get order, as that doc is a stickler, says, "But, wow, this urine smells kinda GOOD!" and drinks the apple juice, sending the urine-phobe nurse into spasms.

    (i've also seen above prank, done with a chocolate candy bar...)

    Another example
    Coworker in ER vomits when EMTs bring in patient with actual maggots crawling in his wound. Yeah, she vomitted, into wastebasket. Of course, those same EMTs came back into ER later that day, with order of white rice, (which resembles maggots) and had much fun with sprinkling this rice here or there.


    And yes, i've been both heavily teased with toy or candy eyeballs at halloween,
    as well as protected, "no, stop, Jean can't take eyeball stories!"

    ha!
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    Quote from Jeweles26
    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.

    oh my...i don't know a lot about bedbugs, but, wow, this info creeps me right out, i had no idea....

    oh no...

    I'm not currently working in hospital setting, is this becoming a new concern for hospital staff, is bringing home bedbugs? Only in southern areas, or all over, is this a concern now for you all? Or just those in warmer climates?
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    Quote from Jean Marie46514
    I'm not currently working in hospital setting, is this becoming a new concern for hospital staff, is bringing home bedbugs? Only in southern areas, or all over, is this a concern now for you all? Or just those in warmer climates?

    Not just in hospitals, but in hotels, airports, apartment buildings, and anywhere. They live indoors, so it doesn't matter about the climate.
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    I never really had a problem taking IM shots. Now after knowing how far they are stuck, I have a real problem with them, both giving and receiving. I had to do a B12 shot on a lady every week and I'd get weak in the knees every time I saw it on the MAR. The lady had to reassure me she was fine! She was very amused by the irony. As far as receiving a shot, I put off/avoid it any chance I get. I'm due for a TB shot but keep saying I'll wait until step on a rusty nail first. But my whole life before nursing, piece of cake!

    I think I got this way bc one of the first IM shots I had to give was a cancer pt in our LTC who was there for hospice. He was extremely emaciated. I had to give him an IM and although I didn't go in far I still hit the bone. He was ok but I was freaked, and I think about that every time now.

    Fortunately I don't give them in private duty. I have thought about signing up for a flu shot clinic some year to get over what every nurse should have no problem doing. I'm afraid I'll end up passing out over and over through the shift!

    Oh, and one other thing. I cannot watch them take my own blood for testing. I have no problem with the sight of blood at all. But if I watch out of sheer curiosity, I don't even think it's gross or anything while watching, but I stand up and I start to gray out! No clue why. However I've always been like that.
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    Quote from CloudySue
    I never really had a problem taking IM shots. Now after knowing how far they are stuck, I have a real problem with them, both giving and receiving. I had to do a B12 shot on a lady every week and I'd get weak in the knees every time I saw it on the MAR. The lady had to reassure me she was fine! She was very amused by the irony. As far as receiving a shot, I put off/avoid it any chance I get. I'm due for a TB shot but keep saying I'll wait until step on a rusty nail first. But my whole life before nursing, piece of cake!

    I think I got this way bc one of the first IM shots I had to give was a cancer pt in our LTC who was there for hospice. He was extremely emaciated. I had to give him an IM and although I didn't go in far I still hit the bone. He was ok but I was freaked, and I think about that every time now.

    Fortunately I don't give them in private duty. I have thought about signing up for a flu shot clinic some year to get over what every nurse should have no problem doing. I'm afraid I'll end up passing out over and over through the shift!

    Oh, and one other thing. I cannot watch them take my own blood for testing. I have no problem with the sight of blood at all. But if I watch out of sheer curiosity, I don't even think it's gross or anything while watching, but I stand up and I start to gray out! No clue why. However I've always been like that.
    I think you mean tetanus shot. TB you would get the Mantoux skin test. DTap/TDaP is tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. You get it as a child and then you need a booster about every 10 years.
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    Quote from rakcna
    I think you mean tetanus shot. TB you would get the Mantoux skin test. DTap/TDaP is tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. You get it as a child and then you need a booster about every 10 years.
    Yep. Thanks for pointing out my mistake.
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    When I take my children out to eat I prefer buffets because they can be as picky as they want and still get plenty to eat. The last time I went, I felt like everything was terribly dirty. I found food particles on several pieces of "clean" dishes, the waitress brought me a bottle of steak sauce from another table that had just been used, and I suddenly realized that all of the serving spoons in the food were being touched over and over by dirty, non handwashing, sickly people. I felt like I could not get any of our hands clean enough when we were finished. I wont allow my kids to ride in those plastic cars that are attached to grocery carts because I envision some snot covered kid putting his snot covered hands all over the stearing wheel.
    I never really thought too much about germs until I became a nurse.


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