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What's your nursing kryptonite?

  1. 1 It goes without saying that to be a nurse, you need to have (or quickly develop) a strong stomach. But even with a stomach of steel, nursing kryptonite can leave you nauseated and gagging, even if only on the inside.

    I'm only starting clinicals next semester, so granted, I still have much to see... but thus far in my life, the thing that disgusts me the most is, oddly enough, tonsil stones! How can something so small be so repulsive?

    What's your nursing kryptonite?
  2. 133 Comments

  3. Visit  orthonurse55 profile page
    Anything that comes OUT of the mouth! That's just not natural!
    focusedvalpn, Denisse-LPN, DroogieRN, and 1 other like this.
  4. Visit  Debra ACRN profile page
    Those long honking loogies that take as long to cough up as a cat with a fur ball, I'm sure I turn green and then they want you to look at it...........ugh
  5. Visit  ReginaPhalange profile page
    POO!!! I can handle ANYTHING else but poo turns me into a gagging mess.
    OutdoorEd and I love my cat! like this.
  6. Visit  nurse chance profile page
    My kryptonite? Writing people up. Last Night was my first write up as a nurse and it so happened to be that person's last, it was hard for me because i want everyone to like me and im a caring person but when it comes to these residents i want the best care for them
  7. Visit  lolasmomma2bLVN profile page
    Ear Wax (Not Mine of Course) Watching a patient clean his/or her ears, literally gags me! VERY STRANGE!!! I can handle pretty much anything else that comes my way!
    Anna S, RN and LPN_FTW like this.
  8. Visit  Darkfield profile page
    open fractures.
    laurabell318 likes this.
  9. Visit  General E. Speaking, RN profile page
    stringy sticky trach secrections... blech!
  10. Visit  missladyrn profile page
    phlegm ewwwww
  11. Visit  cav5 profile page
    got to go with stool-especially if there is a GI bleed. Try very hard not to let it show!
  12. Visit  ktliz profile page
    Quote from WestonRN
    open fractures.
    Ooh, open fractures... that's a good one. Are you an ED nurse?

    Also, jaw injuries/surgery really get to me. It doesn't help that I have a screwy TMJ and am terrified of needing surgery one day.

    I've heard so much about the yuck factor of GI bleeds, too... at least I will be prepared when I encounter one for the first time!
  13. Visit  laurabell318 profile page
    Looooooose runny (the kind that goes up your back) tube feed or c-diff stools
  14. Visit  Lemon_squeezy profile page
    Really wet wound vacs.

    I changed one tonight, and if you touched him, this mans sacrum would have purulent drainage leak out the wazoo... was sitting trying to fish out saturated packing about 4-5 cm into this dude's sacrum, and that smell is just.. AWESOME..