What is your Achilles heel?

  1. 3 Let me start by saying I am a last semester student. I have also been a tech at the hospital for 2 years.

    Give me poo, vomit, anything... but please oh please not sputum....

    I am desperately trying to get over my hatred of phlegm. Crazy right? Trach patients, I can't even.

    Obviously, I am perfectly professional in the room, and care for these patients like any other, but seriously, I cannot be the only one, right?

    Does anything gross you out, about the job, at this point?
  2. Visit  cjdmomma profile page

    About cjdmomma

    Joined Jul '13; Posts: 107; Likes: 82.

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  3. Visit  Rhi007 profile page
    No, I'm yet to come across anything that can make me heave!!
  4. Visit  Ruas61 profile page
    I cannot do an impaction removal.
    tokmom, Mandychelle79, al586, and 1 other like this.
  5. Visit  DalekRN profile page
    I could never assist with circumcision *shudder*
    VivaLasViejas, Elvish, Nurse Connie, and 2 others like this.
  6. Visit  aTOMicTom profile page
    Quote from Ruas61
    I cannot do an impaction removal.
    Maybe try getting a running start.

    Just kidding bud.

    Mine is a unique combination that EMS types will be all too familiar with; beer, blood and gasoline. Very sad. And I hate that just thinking of the smell causes a physical reaction in me right now. PTSD anyone?
  7. Visit  K+MgSO4 profile page
    False eyes and eyeballs in general. Which is a problem because my Ward takes ophthalmic patients. Thankfully it's only about one a month.
    VivaLasViejas, BostonRN13, and nrsang97 like this.
  8. Visit  dirtyhippiegirl profile page
    I work on a burn ICU. Not much I can't stomach except nasty, snotty, thick, green phlegm that we get from our trachs.

    There is a particular combo of cdiff and sulfamylon solution that makes me gag.
    Esme12 likes this.
  9. Visit  ICUNurseG profile page
    Gross but any time I can see pieces of food in vomit or stool. Makes me gag.
    tokmom, MECO28, NurseDirtyBird, and 1 other like this.
  10. Visit  jennilynn profile page
    I thought mine was sputum until last week when I had to empty a JP drain from a renal abcess. Holy mother of God, give me a fresh trach any day over that!
  11. Visit  Daisy_08 profile page
    Strong smelling vomit, the chunky stuff. Vomiting blood, feces or bile is fine, but give me that partially digested food and we are sharing a basin!
    tokmom, MECO28, NurseDirtyBird, and 2 others like this.
  12. Visit  monkeybug profile page
    Sputum. And I was lucky in my area of nursing to rarely encounter it. But, on the few occasions when we would have a C-section patient go under general, I would end up gagging when they would suction them. I'm getting chills just thinking about the noise right now. Puke on me, douse me with amniotic fluid, bleed on me, pee on me, but for heaven's sake don't expectorate in my vicinity.
    Twinmom06 likes this.
  13. Visit  Stella_Blue profile page
    Quote from RNmo
    I could never assist with circumcision *shudder*
    Haha when I was doing my mother baby clinicals back in school we were watching a circumcision as a group and someone just straight passed out and hit the floor while watching! He was a guy of course 😉
    FEAOMOEATA, SoldierNurse22, and Esme12 like this.
  14. Visit  PediLove2147 profile page
    Quote from Daisy_08
    Strong smelling vomit, the chunky stuff. Vomiting blood, feces or bile is fine, but give me that partially digested food and we are sharing a basin!
    Yup, me too! Vomit is by far the WORST!

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