Weird habits you've picked up since starting Nursing school - page 6

A few of mine: Checking the expiration date on EVERYTHING. Evaluating everyone I meet for IV placement. Laying out every utensil I need before cooking. Watching every person I see with a cane to... Read More

  1. by   mzattitude
    1. I stay up at all hours of the night to study
    2. I'm constantly talking to myself the day before a competency.
    3. I drink A LOT of coffee.
    4. I smoke like a chimney.
    5. I get aggitated easily.
    6. I think that it smells like a hospital, every where I go.
    7. I HAVE to take a nice HOT bath right before clinical, or else!
  2. by   mzattitude
    Oh, I forgot to put down the obsessive HANDWASHING routine that I go through everyday. I have to keep my hands clean. I mean come on, that's the one thing that actually does reduce the spread of microorganisms. And it really disgusts me whenever I go into a fast food joint and see the workers handling the food without gloves:/...It aggitates me so badly!
  3. by   coolpeach
    I have always been the person who flushed with my foot, washed my hands, and then used the paper towel to turn off the water and open the door. Nursing has changed me, and I am actually less freaked about germs. I actually used the 3 second rule and act a cube of cheese that fell on the kitchen floor the other day.

    I am around sick people all day. I have dealth with poop, pee, vomit, snot, spit, and all types of body fluids. I have been exposed to coughing and hacking and all sorts of nasties. My thought process is that my kitchen floor I moped the day before is not going to kill me.
  4. by   Otterina
    Quote from coolpeach
    I have always been the person who flushed with my foot, washed my hands, and then used the paper towel to turn off the water and open the door. Nursing has changed me, and I am actually less freaked about germs. I actually used the 3 second rule and act a cube of cheese that fell on the kitchen floor the other day.

    I am around sick people all day. I have dealth with poop, pee, vomit, snot, spit, and all types of body fluids. I have been exposed to coughing and hacking and all sorts of nasties. My thought process is that my kitchen floor I moped the day before is not going to kill me.

    I feel like that is how I'll end up being. Too early to tell though. I'm pretty laid back as it is so I could have the complete opposite in store for me. :chuckle
  5. by   86toronado
    I'd have to say...
    1) checking out everyone's veins
    2) non-chalantly discussing blood, poop, pee, vomit, sputum and trips to the morgue with my husband over dinner (yes, he's in the business too)
    3) lately whenever my family comes over for dinner, the experience is not complete without "blood pressure clinic" afterwards
  6. by   samanthastarr
    Yeah... I have to add talking about the blood, poop, pee, etc stuff in front of people. I usually didn't mind talking about it b/c my mom is a nurse so I was used to listing to that stuff. But now I'm actually talking about it, and somtimes I forget and people have to remind me to "shh..." b/c some people just don't have iron stomachs. It's a pitty that the most fun and exciting dinner conversation for me is what happened to me that day in clinical. Some people just can't hang... :-)
  7. by   beth66335
    I would have to say my weird thing is looking at veins...everywhere...even on movie actors.....Angelina Jolie has great ones!

    I don't put my fingers in my mouth anymore....I wouldn't say that is weird though, the weird thing was putting my fingers in my mouth, it's not actually my fingers but my nails. I used to bite my nails, (stopped that when I became a CNA eeeww!) but I still had a tendency to stick my nails in my mouth, but not since nursing school
  8. by   Jenny67
    the ability to live with fatigue.

  9. by   86toronado
    Hahaha! That's so funny about Angelina Jolie's veins! I was just thinking the same thing a couple weeks ago when I saw her in a magazine!
  10. by   whiteoleander5
    Quote from kiyatylese
    Telling my family about all the germs there are out there.
    I hear ya on this one... ever since microbiology, i am much more concious (and paranoid!) of the germ population.:wink2:
  11. by   cmonkey
    Quote from Rosa2Little
    Driving down the highway and reading medical acronyms in the license plates... oh look there's THR followed by a DVT! Ironic? Or perhaps I've been studying a wee bit too hard...

    My dad had TAK 2 ASA on his plates for a long time but no one ever got it. Poor thing. :lol:
  12. by   lainith
    When it was warmer out I was ALWAYS looking at people's legs for signs of edema. I wash my hands even more constantly than I used to and never touch a faucet handle with my bare hands now. I talk about germs and medical stuff so much that people have pointed out that it's annoying. I make a point of telling friends who are sick to keep a 5ft distance from me and not touch any of my stuff. I find myself doing assessments in my head when I see or meet new people.
  13. by   Kitty_Kat
    I have started to guess how many ml's of urine were in my bladder when I go...great guessing game after a clinical day

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