As a Nurse, what gives you the willies? - page 2

Hi all, I'm a pre-nursing student, but I just thought this would be sorta fun to talk about. So all the current nurses, nursing students and soon-to-be-nurses, what's the one thing you just can't... Read More

  1. by   catzy5
    Quote from stpauligirl
    I hope we won't encounter too many of these cases

    stay out of the ICU unit this was a common condition there.
  2. by   augigi
    Sputum. Even saying it makes me gag. I had a horrid close encounter with a full sputum as a student... *gag*

    Eyes - can't stand watching eye surgery, it's icky.
  3. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from catzy5
    stay out of the ICU unit this was a common condition there.
    Thanks for the warning
  4. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from catzy5
    in our hospital it was usually a 2 person job, maybe its not like that everywhere.

    we have a Cadaver in AP I have been fine with him all semeseter but he has always been out and ready to go. The other day I was helping a class mate do muscles he was not out yet and I studpidly assumed I would just have to unzip the bag, WrONG I had to remove his skin and expose the muscles creeped me out for a minute but I did it the sucking noise as I was peeling it off was a bit much but I got over it LOL. I am sure there will be many such moments in my journey
    Almost makes me wish we had a human cadaver instead of the piggies....I guess I will just have to take everything "headon" and "Just Do It" when the time comes
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Dec 11, '06 : Reason: spelling error
  5. by   tatgirl
    I have a pretty strong stomach, but the 2 that get to me are gi bleeds, and sputum Yuck!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wendy
    LPN
  6. by   whitneyLOL
    I just learned a lot, thanks all
  7. by   bflogrl
    I'm starting school in January but have been volunteering in a hospice for about 4 years. The only thing so far that really makes me gag is suctioning -- I am just about gagging trying to write this response, seeing the nurse stick that catheter down someone's throat and all that gunk comes up and deposits itself in the jar on the wall.......

    How about needles and giving shots? I drew blood once during my EMT training so I've at least had my first on that.
  8. by   hptogram
    I can handle pretty much anything except when the 2nd shift forget to take one of the resident's teeth out to soak overnight. So the next morning when I go to dress her and I have to take her teeth out and clean them and there's all this old food.........yuck! That makes me gag.
  9. by   82airborne
    suctioning a trach gets me every time thank god for RT's, but the worst has to be pt's that have magots in wounds.
  10. by   shippoRN
    Quote from hptogram
    I can handle pretty much anything except when the 2nd shift forget to take one of the resident's teeth out to soak overnight. So the next morning when I go to dress her and I have to take her teeth out and clean them and there's all this old food.........yuck! That makes me gag.

    ugh thats pretty creepy and pretty funny at the same time lol, sorry it just reminded me of the time one of my nurses soaked her mom's dentures in blue listerine and turned the whole thing blue. we were all on the floor laughing at her!!!
  11. by   shippoRN
    Quote from 82airborne
    suctioning a trach gets me every time thank god for RT's, but the worst has to be pt's that have magots in wounds.

    ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!! Maggots, you have GOT to be KIDDING!! Tell me you are kidding!! You are joking right? you did not see MAGGOTS in wounds. I'd just about die, if I saw that!!! What did you do????? I think Maggots just trumped everybody's willies. GROSS!!!!
  12. by   smattles1of2
    My twin sis is a funeral director, so dead bodies don't bother me.

    I'm kind of worried about shots, but I'm sure i'll get over it! I had to get my immunizations and I swear that needle went to my bone and now i'm all queazy thinking about needles!
  13. by   EmerNurse
    Maggots don't bother me - whether they're medical maggots or those that've just "found a place to live" in someone's wound, they actually are good about eating up dead tissue, allowing healthy tissue to grown - so they have their uses.

    Now, wanna gross me out? Skin conditions that are all over the body, leaving tons of skin flakes all over everything. ICK.

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