skunks on night shift? - page 3

Does anyone else smell skunks on the night shift during the summer in their hospitals? What do you do to diminish the odor? It seems that skunks spray right near our vent system and it ends up in... Read More

  1. by   BBFRN
    I wish we had a "bat policy" for certain people I work with.
  2. by   kewlnurse
    Call me weird, everyone else does, but i like that skunk smell
  3. by   BBFRN
    Ewww! Like in a makes-me-hungry sort of way?
  4. by   nptobee
    Originally posted by kewlnurse
    Call me weird, everyone else does, but i like that skunk smell

    LOL, I was thinking sort of the same thing. Maybe I don't "like" it, but it doesnt really bother me.
  5. by   mednurse
    It's just interesting to me that all these odors can get in the vent system and end up on our units, isn't it? I am part time on the night shift, so I really didn't ask or knew what was going on when I smelled skunk! Very infromative discussion. Can't say I like the smell though.
  6. by   BBFRN
    Yeah, I guess after all the other bad smells we have to deal with at work, the skunk smell is kinda refreshing, huh?
  7. by   mednurse
    MMMMMMM...like a cool summer rain.
  8. by   SandyB
    Actually skunk at a distance smells ok, but up really really close I discovered my tummy just turned right over all on its own!
    Skunks in the garage aren't much fun!
  9. by   mother/babyRN
    Yes!! What is up with that? Or, I have wondered if they are doing something funky with the sewer system...No one ever complains that the smell skunk funk on days or evernings, but in the summer, we night people do.....Glad to hear it isn't just us...Hmmmmmm...
  10. by   mattsmom81
    I have caught them around the dumpsters mostly...so think they're sniffing out food and someone surprises 'em.

    I've heard ammonia keeps cats away from windows, bushes, etc... so wonder if that might work with skunks too???

    Agree the skunky odor is better than cdiff ...eeeugh!
  11. by   disher
    Who else but nurses can discuss the smell of burning body parts and skunk? Having smelled both, I think skunk has a strong tangy smell and creamating body parts, have a smell similar to burning leather. Both smell equally unpleasant, but if I had my choice I'd rather smell skunk.
    I was surprised that your hospital still incinerates body parts onsite. Some cities have bylaws that require a creamatorium be located outside of a populated area. I think that there is public health concern that particles from the burning flesh can become airborn and transmit infection when diseased limbs and body fluids are burned.
    Anyways, I hope it is skunk (not incinerating body parts) you are smelling on the night shift.
  12. by   nurs4kids
    Originally posted by RN always
    This is a funny thread! I live in Alaska and we don't have skunks. I had never even smelled one before until I went to NY when I was a teenager.

    BTW, we also have no snakes, cockroches or poisonous spiders (except a few brown recluce only in the woods)
    well, heck..it's too damn there cold to sustain life, no wonder
  13. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by disher

    I was surprised that your hospital still incinerates body parts onsite. Some cities have bylaws that require a creamatorium be located outside of a populated area. I think that there is public health concern that particles from the burning flesh can become airborn and transmit infection when diseased limbs and body fluids are burned.
    Anyways, I hope it is skunk (not incinerating body parts) you are smelling on the night shift.
    Yup, we're smack in the middle of the "inner city" area. We had another crematory about 4 miles away (also in a populated area), but it was closed down about 7 years ago. Not because of ordinances, but because the owner is now in prison. Apparently, he was burying cars in the attached cemetery and reporting them stolen. He was also burying bodies in already occupied graves, selling "used" plots, etc. This I know to be absolutely true, because the building was re-zoned to become an apartment bldg, and I lived there for about 5 years (don't ask).
    Last edit by BBFRN on Apr 27, '03

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