The Smelly Coworker - page 4

I'm sure that the majority of readers have had the unpleasant experience of working in close proximity to a coworker who smells terribly at least once during their careers. If you have never had a... Read More

  1. Visit  tothepointeLVN profile page
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    The above post is exactly what I'm talking about. There is an automatic coloration between smelly and lazy or negligent or dirty. People are somewhat under the impression that sweating is a voluntary condition.

    I know the replies are going to be OH we are only talking about the people who are stinky and don't know it but the article really doesn't encourage making a thoughtful distinction between "willful" stinkiness and "circumstantial" stinkiness.
  2. Visit  OnlybyHisgraceRN profile page
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    Quote from tothepointeLVN
    The above post is exactly what I'm talking about. There is an automatic coloration between smelly and lazy or negligent or dirty. People are somewhat under the impression that sweating is a voluntary condition.

    I know the replies are going to be OH we are only talking about the people who are stinky and don't know it but the article really doesn't encourage making a thoughtful distinction between "willful" stinkiness and "circumstantial" stinkiness.
    I see your point. Perhaps a clear distinction should have been made. However, I do think it was a great article and I know Commuter did not mean to offend anyone.
    I wrote a thread about nurses not looking professional alittle while ago, and got similiar responses. Ofcourse if someone is dying of cancer or overwhelmed with kids at home may not look their sharpest, however there are some people who just simply do not care about their hygiene.
    Posters need to learn that not every article or thread applies to them. If you know you have a condition that makes you have a BO don't take offense.
  3. Visit  SweetPEI profile page
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    I agree... I'm sure the OP did not include every possible person in her thread, if so, then that is not cool. There are some people who have specific issues that causes things like BO and there are others who just don't take an active part in controlling their BO. Huge difference.
  4. Visit  brillohead profile page
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    Quote from sweetpei
    i agree... i'm sure the op did not include every possible person in her thread, if so, then that is not cool. there are some people who have specific issues that causes things like bo and there are others who just don't take an active part in controlling their bo. huge difference.
    this!

    the example i gave earlier of a coworker who would come to work three days in a row wearing the same unwashed shirt.... ewwwwww!!!! it's hotter than hades just about everywhere in the usa right now, and it's understandable that people are going to sweat during the course of the day.

    the issue, imo, is people who just don't bathe or brush their teeth or wash their clothes or wear antiperspirant/deodorant at all. if you're at least trying, you get a pass, in my book!
    Hygiene Queen and TheCommuter like this.
  5. Visit  Cuppie profile page
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    Oh I didn't really take this article personally, I guess because I'm dealing with it now it just stuck out to me. I just wanted to give another point of view, it is very embarrassing not to want to walk by people in case they get a nose full of sweat ;0. Any other time of year I'm fine, its just in the summer it never fails. I'm always sweating buckets, not just at work everywhere there's extreme heat. If it were cooler at work I'm sure I'd be fine, however management for some reason seems to think its o.k. to have people working and living in extreme heat.That's for another thread however, thanks for understanding.
  6. Visit  RN in training profile page
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    Coworkers aside, to me this is a pt issue. I personally have a very sensitive schnoz, and when I feel bad or even when I'm on the verge of nausea or head ache, one offensive "stank" can put me over the edge. We shouldn't have to give PRN zofran because we don't want to "hurt our colleagues' feelings." We wouldn't pussyfoot around with them if they were doing something else that worsens pt comfort or outright makes them feel bad, would we?
    Last edit by RN in training on Jul 9, '12 : Reason: Zofran, not zofrab!
  7. Visit  crazyoldnurse profile page
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    A young man CENA had an aversion to deodorant. He was a good worker but from a different part of the world where BO is considered a norm. He worked with senoir clients in a rehab setting. The work was heavy in physical needs. He was so odorous that as he passed through the halls he left a trail of scent. It was literally nauseating and even visitors complained that he would not be allowed to provide care to their relatives without removing this offensive odor. The young man was counseled and he chose to quit rather than use deodorant and shower daily...he did not do that either. We really liked him he was a good worker but the odor was overwheming and shocking when it attacked your olfactory senses. I would suffer a headache when he was on my team. We were thankful that the issue was addressed and at his request he quit.

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