Gross Out Co-Worker - page 2

OK, I know I've posted about this before but things have gotten worse! My co-worker has nauseating, foul gas and she passes it in close proximity to people. I don't know if she has some kind of... Read More

  1. by   leslie :-D
    this is atrocious.
    i cannot believe a hcw is going to work w/such poorly-controlled symptoms.
    meerkat, you personally need to talk with your DON.
    this worker/therapist needs to return to her doctor.
    it sounds like ibs exacerbated.
    not only is she contaminating your air, towels and chairs, other workers that come in contact w/her area, are exposed to this too!
    do family members smell this?
    what about her poor patients????
    downright shabby.

    please, talk to your DON.
    everyone is being affected by this.

  2. by   lannisz
    This person is a professional? I can't believe it! How disgusting! We are not even allowed to wear perfume in the workplace because it disturbs patients and staff and some have fragrance allergies....yet you are subjected to toxic gas and biohazard leaks? Ridiculous. She needs to wear protective undergarments to keep all her bodily fluids off the furniture and talk to a GI and GYN about her medical problems! And you all need to talk to someone in charge about the problem as well.
  3. by   Little Panda RN
    Can someone say "Depends" . I do not like to confront anyone, but this goes to far and I know I would have to say something. She obviously has no manners. The thought of seeing someone put a towel down on thier chair because they may have an accident, for some reason appalls me. Something definintely needs to be done about this.

    Just my 2 cents.
  4. by   MuddaMia
    I feel like such a child over this thread..everytime I open it up I get hysterical again:roll
  5. by   babiesX2
    That's disgusting!

    I can't really give any better advice than what has already been given. The "squeaker" comment had me laughing! I tend to deal with uncomfortable situations by making jokes. Say if she farted and someone started dry heaving, I'd ask her (the farter) if she needed to go around to the ER and get some help for that. She will either say yes or no. If she were to say no then I'd say, "If you do that in here anymore, the rest of us are going to have to go then!" Same for the towels on the furniture -- ewww! Bloody, urine soaked towels in the station! I don't see how you could embarrass her. She's already embarrassing herself. Good luck!
  6. by   MarySunshine
    Oh my. Yes, definitely time to speak up.
  7. by   RNgirlie
    looks like you do not want to talk directly to her. maybe a good idea would be to write an annonymous (spell check??!) letter explaining all of your concerns and telling her that her actions are downright nasty, etc.. let her know that all her coworkers are downright disgusted at her nasty behavior. if she does not respond then you can go to her directly.

    ps...i got that letter idea from a fellow nurse who had to write to her supervisor about her very very very intolerable body odor. she said the letter worked and the said supervisor stop stinking up the place!
  8. by   Midwest4me
    I agree with others---among other things, this is an infection control issue; the towels "for accidents" need to go!!! Your supervisor (or HER supervisor) needs alerted to these issues.

    As for the confidential information you shared with her that she then shared with your boss: I'd remind her that the HIPPA rules apply to you too---and that you did not give her permission to share such sensitive information with others.
  9. by   Dianne6
    Yuck, i bet that you can't wait to get to work when she is there.
  10. by   MS._Jen_RN
    Our unit had a tech that had a bad BO problem. This is beyond that. Our manager spoke to her,and then wrote her up each time that it was brought to her attention. It became a preformance issue just like coming in out of uniform. She ended up getting canned over it.
  11. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from RGN1

    And furthermore, honestly, you need to go speak to your manager about this person. I wouldn't bother confronting her directly, she could turn around and file a complaint about you harassing her or some such nonsense. Speaking of which, if you told her that you were sexually assaulted in her capacity as a therapist, she violated her ethics and you have grounds to report her for that.
  12. by   moonchild20002000
    You should speak to your manager right away.
    The woman is just plain nasty. There are several types of personal products she
    COULD be using. A towel in a chair is an infection control issue.Suppose some one sits on the towel and has blood or body fluid exposure?
    She does not need to be discussing what meds a patient should take,that is really out of her scope.As far as revealing information about you to you manager well I think that is unprofessional. just my humble opinion.
  13. by   Meerkat
    Quote from MS._Jen_RN
    Our unit had a tech that had a bad BO problem. This is beyond that. Our manager spoke to her,and then wrote her up each time that it was brought to her attention. It became a preformance issue just like coming in out of uniform. She ended up getting canned over it.
    ~Jen's pretty bad when someone gets fired over BO. Well anyhow, to update you, we decided to try Plan A: Make her aware of the problem. Naturally, she tooted in the nurses' station and when she did, another staff member said "Who pooted in here?" And got out a can of Glade and started spraying. She didn't own up to the toot. She didn't excuse herself. Maybe out of embarrassment---who knows. But I think you guys are right. We're going to have to go to Plan B.