I wish I had even considered those things before starting this career! Seriously, I started nursing school
when I was 17, and boy was I naive!!
I like that colgne on the shoulder idea, but a little vicks vaborub under the nose works good to, or those vicks sticks, you can sniff deeply before cleaning poo.
Not so much drama re "blood and guts" every day unless you are doing trauma or ICU, on an every day basis.
You can always do home health like me, though the conditions of some homes and wounds are enough to make you gag.
Eventually, you'll get to the point where you will be eating lunch and describing the liver clots someone vomitted up today, just remember, not to tell your family this while they eat. A few times I forgot was busy cutting my meat and chattering like this, only to look up and see three people slack-jawed with spoons or forks stopped halfway to their mouths. Then my son will say, mom....we're eating! Ooops! Sorry!
Once I got $hit on, so I took my shirt off and had to wear a paper scrub top home. I threw my scrub top out, despite my coworkers protests saying "just bleach it," NO THANKS! Anyway, went to pick up my dtr, she noticed my new shirt. I said mommy got pooped on at work. She said, by the babies (I did peds and kids then) I said no, by a grown up. The confused look on her precious little three-year-old face, well I still laugh thinking about it!
Oh yeah, then there was the time an NG tube got disconnected while turning a pt, and I felt the warm green goo oozing down my leg. I had to wear paper scrub pants home, 45 min ride. Knew I had to get milk on the way home. Stopped in local ,mini-mart, and noticed a lot of guys checking out my a$$. Of course when I got home, I discovered the HUGE gaping hole in my split paper pants, where my bikini underwear were on display for the world to see. This is the mini mart I used almost every day for smokes back then!