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Disgusting Icky Stickies: Nurse Protect Yourself

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Specializes in Med/Surg, Onc., Palliative/Hospice, CPU. Has 3 years experience.

Okay big bird. Yes, you in that yellow gown. Hello gorgeous! Thank you my dear, thank you for caring enough about the creepy crawlies to put on that personal protective gear. You my friend are a rock star! You are the ultimate nurse! You are THE WINNER! You are reading page 2 of Disgusting Icky Stickies: Nurse Protect Yourself. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Jacqueline.Damm

Specializes in Med/Surg, Onc., Palliative/Hospice, CPU. Has 3 years experience.

Ruby Vee said:
Shoes last longer and are more supportive if you rotate shoes -- it takes more than 24 hours for a shoe to "recover" from your weight. So I rotate my shoes. Shoes left in the trunk of a car break down faster -- the glues melt, and shoes come apart. So the advice about leaving your shoes in the trunk of your car seems like an expensive proposition to me. And unnecessary. I've been nursing for 40 years, my shoes come home on my feet and go right upstairs to my closet.

I didn't even think of the glue! Good advice! I still won't wear my shoes in the car (like I said, over active imagination on my part) but leaving them in the car in extreme temps was so not something I've thought of! Thank you for this!

Jacqueline.Damm

Specializes in Med/Surg, Onc., Palliative/Hospice, CPU. Has 3 years experience.

Julie Reyes said:
Why are the readers on this awesome site always telling the authors how to write? Maybe the authors should start every article with a disclaimer or a warning?

something like, "You may not want to read this article if you are Debbie Downer".

This article rocked. There is VERY IMPORTANT LIFE SAVING INFORMATION in it, mixed in with humor to make the medicine go down a little easier.

I love that you said this. It cracks me up because it is so very true! People mistake sarcasm for seriousness, bold texts and exclamations like one is screaming... etc. I like to write very Helen Fielding-esque (in a sense). She used ridiculous editing to give her stories life and her characters more character. I think it's fun to reach out to readers with spunk, goofiness, with a little bit of attitude and hilarity. Nursing is TOUGH. So when we can be silly when talking about something serious, we should DO IT. We all need a laugh! It's healthy for us!

What I have learned in sharing more of myself and my stories (as well as others' stories) online is that no matter what, people will troll the internet to find you, latch on to you, and say just the most unbelievable things. The goal of their approach, I am unsure. All I know is that I prefer to treat others the way I want to be treated, INCLUDING ONLINE. It's childish to hide behind a computer screen to dish out inappropriateness because one is feeling haughty that day or as if you have something to prove. We all have experiences that warrant telling. More people should be writing on here! There is always more to learn in life.

I'm not saying that the comment above falls into the category of which I speak, but I definitely think that instead of slamming people, the purpose of AllNurses is to initiate conversation so that we can rally and learn from one another. Much of the modern World is not on our side in supporting us, while we do TONS of supporting in the World. So why don't we support each other?

I've seen some really nasty things on AllNurses (not just in my threads). It's really sad that we as a collective have chosen (at times) to tear each other down instead of build people up. It is actually really sad. Life is hard enough without nasty phrases and blatantly sharp-edged sarcasm directed at hurting someone.

In the end, if someone has a major problem, why not be professional and go to the person about it in a personal message. Maybe there was a misunderstanding. There is no need to blast ugliness on a public board. No one needs such negativity. It's ugly and truly, it's very boring.

Thanks for the laugh, and the very very good point you made! I love seeing all of you with your open hearts and support. Friendship in nursing is a powerful thing.

Happy Reading!

BlueDawnRN, BSN

Specializes in Progressive Care. Has 7 years experience.

I'm going to start changing the way I do things. I always wear my PPE and wash my hands, but from now on my uniforms are being washed separately in hot water and my shoes are staying in my trunk. I obviously always wash my hands before eating but now I'll wash prior to using the restroom too. Thanks.

I am and RN and I got MRSA and had a picc line for one month. I had gotten MRSA in the form of a boil and was on oral antibiotics. The same thing happened the next month. Then the next month it colonized in my razor and I got huge boils under both armpits. Thank God it wasn't swim suit season! This time they had to be drained and packed constantly ! It hurt so much and cost me 4 weeks off of work! I made it to my out of pocket max of $7,000! I was on Daptomycin once a day and it HAD TO BE at the infusion center. So annoying! My short term disability doesn't pay for the first 2 weeks , so I was just out of luck. It was a horrible and very expensive experiance for me and my family.

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SeattleJess

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Funkymiss187 said:
I am and RN and I got MRSA and had a picc line for one month. I had gotten MRSA in the form of a boil and was on oral antibiotics. The same thing happened the next month. Then the next month it colonized in my razor and I got huge boils under both armpits. Thank God it wasn't swim suit season! This time they had to be drained and packed constantly ! It hurt so much and cost me 4 weeks off of work! I made it to my out of pocket max of $7,000! I was on Daptomycin once a day and it HAD TO BE at the infusion center. So annoying! My short term disability doesn't pay for the first 2 weeks , so I was just out of luck. It was a horrible and very expensive experiance for me and my family.

I am SO SORRY this happened to you! Thank you for sharing your experience to remind us of how easy it is to get or to spread infection.

Great article!! I especially love the opening! 😂 

It’s funny because when I was in school and would do clinicals, I’d have a patient requiring PPE and there were so many times I’d be going to go into the room with the assigned nurse and they wouldn’t be going to put the PPE on. I would kind of hesitant putting it on myself...I didn’t want to miss anything but I also didn’t want to get anything plus I was a student so didn’t want to break any rules. I’d end up standing outside, putting it all on, and of course by time I was done the nurse was done in the patients room. Now I’m on my own and always use my PPE!