Are they oversharing or am I a prude? - page 3

by grownuprosie

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Before starting nursing school, I had never come accross more peers that share quite so much... um... detail. Classmates will walk up to me and start talking to me about their heavy flow or their loose stool like it is normal... Read More


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    Guilty. I think its because you become desensensitized to most things gross. Poo becomes so much a part of your life that the stigma of saying it outloud really goes away for a lot of people. I can do it anywhere now. TMI. Of course my house is weird. My daughter, who is 13, actually made me get up and come see the biggest Poo she has ever done. one last thought I think it really is helpful for some people to get used to discussing things that would normally embarrass then. You have to ask people about their Poo.
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    Quote from commonsense
    It's gonna take some balls to be able to say something like this, but I think people will get the point quickly enough.
    all due respect, it does not take balls to be offensive. it takes balls to be decent. i just don't think being crude is necessary, which was kind of my whole point.
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    I have been up way too long writing papers after a day full of clinical and work, but I find this hilarious.
    Today over lunch we talked about humanure and periods. Didn't phase anyone; we kept right on truckin'.

    I agree with the above opinions that if you are asking your patients these details of them (are you sexually active?
    how many bowel movements a day do you have?), it serves to be comfortable with your own.

    "Everyone poops".
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    Also guilty. Not with acquaintances, but friends/coworkers who I've become close to. We're just desensitized against the stigma that these topics are not supposed to be talked about, because we HAVE to talk about them, day in and day out. The sex life stories, though...that's a different story.
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    You should think of something even more gross and inappropriate to talk about when they do that. See just how much it takes before they get the hint.
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    I have no problem hearing anything as long as it is not in ear of the patients! I have a hard time with people that talk about their private life in front of the patients. It drives me crazy. Some go on and on about their personal life while families of the sick can hear the conversations.
    Get me in a breakroom and out comes the nasty girl. I want to vent and then I say whatever I feel like. But I really regret some of the things that I have talked about in front of coworkers. I know some of them don't want to hear what I have to say and it also leaves a lasting impression. It is soposed to be a professional atmosphere. I can talk trash when I get home or on the phone to my friends. Thanks for reminding me to keep it professional! Some of us need help. I know with me it is usually my anxiety.
    frankie,RN likes this.
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    I would say PRUDE! Wait till you get somewhere & everyone wants to start diagnosing you.

    Co-Worker-"Hey tango, I noticed you squirming a little bit on the toilet earlier"
    Tango- "What?? You were watching me take a dump? (we have open stalls)
    Co-Worker-- "Yeah man, you should be drinking more water"
    Tango- HUH?

    I think you need to get over it. If you do become a nurse you are going to hear some of the crudest, rudest, most personal, sickest, nastiest, funniest most hilarious stories (all of them true).
    sapphire18 likes this.
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    Wat? Wat?
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    I have no problem hearing it.

    I'm NOT going to talk about it. I just don't care to share my personal information, no matter what it is.
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    No you are not a prude. Like you, I can listen to it all day long, but from classmates, co-workers, peers, uh no thanks. They need to save that conversation for someone, (Dr., nurse, friend) who actually needs to know, or for some strange reason, wants to know. Way too much info for me, I don't care about your flow, your bowels, etc.....People always surprise me. I must tell you, I don't discuss these things with ANYONE unless it's a Dr, or Nurse, I mean , why would I???? Weird
    grownuprosie likes this.


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