As a Nurse, what gives you the willies?

  1. 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 STAND...

    For example....

    I currently work with nurses (for about 2+ yrs now), and I know some of them just cannot take vomit, they can handle just about anything, but NOT vomit.

    I know of others who can't stand anything to do with eyes, puss coming out of them you know all that gross stuff. I can personally attest to that, ugh I hate anything to do with eyes. It gives me the willies.

    I also have nurses, who are bosses at starting lines, drawing bloods and what not, but absolutely freaks at the thought of having their own blood drawn or recieveing shots (which is pretty hysterical, watching them get their blood drawn ) I know of one nurse, who is so afraid of anyone drawing her blood, she starts her own line in her arm and draw her own blood. Trust me I've seen her do it.

    The one thing I have learned, while working with my nurses, is that because certain things gross you out, it doesn't mean you are a bad nurse, or can't be a nurse. After all we are only human.

    SO, in the spirit of things, what give YOU the willies...
    Last edit by shippoRN on Dec 10, '06
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  3. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from mystiqx
    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 STAND...

    For example....

    I currently work with nurses (for about 2+ yrs now), and I know some of them just cannot take vomit, they can handle just about anything, but NOT vomit.

    I know of others who can't stand anything to do with eyes, puss coming out of them you know all that gross stuff. I can personally attest to that, ugh I hate anything to do with eyes. It gives me the willies.

    I also have nurses, who are bosses at starting lines, drawing bloods and what not, but absolutely freaks at the thought of having their own blood drawn or recieveing shots (which is pretty hysterical, watching them get their blood drawn ) I know of one nurse, who is so afraid of anyone drawing her blood, she starts her own line in her arm and draw her own blood. Trust me I've seen her do it.

    The one thing I have learned, while working with my nurses, is that because certain things gross you out, it doesn't mean you are a bad nurse, or can't be a nurse. After all we are only human.

    SO, in the spirit of things, what give YOU the willies...
    It's got to be wheeling a dead person down to the morgue for the first time, ALONE...I know a pathologist who told me that women usually don't like to come visit him. The idea of being alone in the deserted hall way in the basement with a dead person gives me the creeps, what if he/she slips off the gurney or makes weird sounds....I can already feel my heart pounding
    One of these days before nursing school I will take heart and just visit him to say "Hi" to get training and slowly get used to it.
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Dec 10, '06
  4. by   SoontobeAdrienneRN
    I'm a nursing student who worked at a PCA and I think it has to be the time where I helped a nurse wheel a deased person to the morgue. And anything of and or relating to C-Diff, can't quite get over that its, pretty disturbing c-diff that is... lol
  5. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from SoontobeAdrienneRN
    I'm a nursing student who worked at a PCA and I think it has to be the time where I helped a nurse wheel a deased person to the morgue. And anything of and or relating to C-Diff, can't quite get over that its, pretty disturbing c-diff that is... lol
    What's C-Diff....I am not a nursing student yet
    At least someone was with you on the trip to the morgue...I would freak if I had to go alone
  6. by   shippoRN
    I work at a hospital and I see C-Diff come up all the time for some of my patients. I did ask the nurse what it ment, i think she said it had something to do with something in feces that can be contagious. I think the patient constantly has the runs too. I am not sure, can someone confirm or correct me. Thanks.
  7. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from mystiqx
    I work at a hospital and I see C-Diff come up all the time for some of my patients. I did ask the nurse what it ment, i think she said it had something to do with something in feces that can be contagious. I think the patient constantly has the runs too. I am not sure, can someone confirm or correct me. Thanks.
    If that's what it is then it won't be my favorite either, guaranteed
  8. by   canoehead
    Chunky sputum, gaghhhh.
  9. by   blueyesue
    Quote from canoehead
    Chunky sputum, gaghhhh.
    :yeahthat: Anything getting hacked up gets my gag reflexes working.

    Cleaning up smelly vomit gets me too. I can't even clean my daughters without gagging. What's going to happen when I'm a nurse?
  10. by   mixyRN
    Quote from mystiqx
    I work at a hospital and I see C-Diff come up all the time for some of my patients. I did ask the nurse what it ment, i think she said it had something to do with something in feces that can be contagious. I think the patient constantly has the runs too. I am not sure, can someone confirm or correct me. Thanks.
    C. diff is a bacteria called Clostridium Difficile that had the ability to produce endospores and survive antibiotic treatment that kills off the other bacteria present in the GI tract-including resident microbiota. What results is overgrowth of C. diff because the healthy bacteria have been killed off. Diarrhea results and apparently it's very pugnant! I have yet to experience this first hand but we learned about in in Micro.
  11. by   shippoRN
    Quote from mixy
    C. diff is a bacteria called Clostridium Difficile that had the ability to produce endospores and survive antibiotic treatment that kills off the other bacteria present in the GI tract-including resident microbiota. What results is overgrowth of C. diff because the healthy bacteria have been killed off. Diarrhea results and apparently it's very pugnant! I have yet to experience this first hand but we learned about in in Micro.
    Thanks Mixy; I guess i was kinda sorta had an idea what it was. There is still hope for me yet. tee hee
    Last edit by shippoRN on Dec 10, '06
  12. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from mixy
    C. diff is a bacteria called Clostridium Difficile that had the ability to produce endospores and survive antibiotic treatment that kills off the other bacteria present in the GI tract-including resident microbiota. What results is overgrowth of C. diff because the healthy bacteria have been killed off. Diarrhea results and apparently it's very pugnant! I have yet to experience this first hand but we learned about in in Micro.
    I hope we won't encounter too many of these cases
  13. by   catzy5
    Quote from mystiqx
    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 STAND...

    For example....

    I currently work with nurses (for about 2+ yrs now), and I know some of them just cannot take vomit, they can handle just about anything, but NOT vomit.

    I know of others who can't stand anything to do with eyes, puss coming out of them you know all that gross stuff. I can personally attest to that, ugh I hate anything to do with eyes. It gives me the willies.

    I also have nurses, who are bosses at starting lines, drawing bloods and what not, but absolutely freaks at the thought of having their own blood drawn or recieveing shots (which is pretty hysterical, watching them get their blood drawn ) I know of one nurse, who is so afraid of anyone drawing her blood, she starts her own line in her arm and draw her own blood. Trust me I've seen her do it.

    The one thing I have learned, while working with my nurses, is that because certain things gross you out, it doesn't mean you are a bad nurse, or can't be a nurse. After all we are only human.

    SO, in the spirit of things, what give YOU the willies...


    oh this is such a great topic!

    I will admit It lol mine is respirtory, I worked in ICU for a couple years as a unit clerk so heard my fare share and i am sure I will be fine when I have to deal with it but I always got the "willies" from respiroty patients the serious ones choking on their own mucus It just makes me feel like I am suffocating.

    Also was not a fan of the GI bleed and its still my biggest fear to end up with A GI bleed!!
  14. by   catzy5
    Quote from stpauligirl
    It's got to be wheeling a dead person down to the morgue for the first time, ALONE...I know a pathologist who told me that women usually don't like to come visit him. The idea of being alone in the deserted hall way in the basement with a dead person gives me the creeps, what if he/she slips off the gurney or makes weird sounds....I can already feel my heart pounding
    One of these days before nursing school I will take heart and just visit him to say "Hi" to get training and slowly get used to it.
    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

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