All Nurses have dealt with strong and/or offensive odors at some point in their careers. There are many things you can do to help prepare yourself in this situation. Here are just a few:
#1 Mask odors by placing a little menthol-containing products (like Vicks) on the upper lip; use scented lip products with peppermint, lavender, etc.
#2 Try breathing through the mouth (although, if you have a strong gag-reflex, this might not be such a good idea).
#3 Identify certain illnesses that have characteristic odors ahead of time and get yourself mentally prepared.
#4 Some Nurses have even tried hypnotic therapy.
What has worked for you??
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