In general, gory stuff doesn't really bug me. Blood, pus, mucous, urine? eh-no big deal.
But I have a particular sensitivity to vomit and feces (I think it's the smell)....I just gag...repeatedly....I won't actually vomit myself, but it seems like I am going to.
This particularly worries me because I don't want to make the patient feel bad as I am trying to care for them.
I mean don't get me wrong, I've been in situations before with children and drunk adults where I've had to deal with excessive amounts of vomit and feces, and I am able to get the job done and do the cleanup or whatever needs to be done; but I just gag and dry-heave the whole time....
I feel like I have what it takes to be a nurse. I won't bother listing the qualifications that I "think" I have. And, suffice it to say that from my dental career, I have learned that blood and needles etc. don't really bother me. I inject my patients every day that I work. I deal with blood and mucous and other yucky mouth secretions daily, and not only does it not bother me, but I actually think it is kind of cool to incise and drain a large abscess!
But it wasn't always so, I had to learn to get used to it...the first time I made a person bleed with my dental tools I was horrified, now it's no big deal.
So, I wonder will it be the same with nursing care and vomit and feces? Will I eventually just get used to it? Did/does anyone else deal with this problem or can you offer any tips or helpful advice?
By the way, I think I'm already making great strides because I called it "vomit and feces" instead of "puke and poop":spin: