What's your nursing kryptonite? - page 4

It goes without saying that to be a nurse, you need to have (or quickly develop) a strong stomach. But even with a stomach of steel, nursing kryptonite can leave you nauseated and gagging, even if... Read More

  1. by   NsugaBuga
    Quote from General E. Speaking, RN
    stringy sticky trach secrections... blech!
    I had a clinical on a vent unit.. and I'm telling you, this phlegm flew across the room w/o warning!!! Ahh!
  2. by   Aeterna
    Quote from NsugaBuga
    I had a clinical on a vent unit.. and I'm telling you, this phlegm flew across the room w/o warning!!! Ahh!
    LOL this reminds me of the time a nurse found another nurse washing his hair in the utility room. She asked him what in the world he was doing and he explained he was in a room with a man with a trach, turned around for just a moment, and heard the patient cough and then felt something whoosh by his head. He immediately left the room to wash out his hair in case the phlegm got stuck in his hair xD
  3. by   Valhalla_Pure
    Oh man. For me, its C.Diff/GI Bleed stool, with GI bleeds being grosser. I also really hate doing mouth care. People's mouths are disgusting - food bits left in there for weeks, bleeding gums, etc. Obviously this demonstrates the need for good mouth care, but it doesn't mean I like doing it. I never let the patient see my feelings though.
  4. by   labd
    Bodily fluids don't bother me- one of the million reasons I went into nursing. I guess my kryptonite is patients with nasty attitudes.
  5. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Spit, saliva. I hate having to stand there with the kidney-basin waiting for the patient to rinse + spit after brushing their teeth. When I was little, my older sister used to come into the bathroom when I was on the commode, and she'd start brushing her teeth.....I swear it was to torture me on purpose. I yell out, "MMMOOOOOMMMMM! L____'s brushing her teeth!" Ick-ick-ick!!!!!!
  6. by   Lian
    Can handle most of the nasty bodily fluids, excretements and exudates (but would prefer not to). What freaks me out is being followed around for most of the shift by dementia or pscyhe patients (even if they are being sweet).
  7. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    LIAN : yes, yes, yes! I'm with you on that one. I worked a locked dementia ward where the patients followed me and the med cart like seagulls around a fishing trawler. One lady was always trying to "sell" me something ( anything; weird things) to earn bus money to go home. Lots of "verbal-salad" conversations.Lots of singing. Lots of confrontational irritability with one another, with me as reluctant referee. Made it very difficult to concentrate. I found the whole thing extremely exhausting!confusingtedious,and this is how I felt when I finally got off duty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. by   summer-dreamer
    I can handle bodily fluids with no problem, but the one thing I cannot handle (ugh, just thinking about them makes me feel a little ill) is skin grafts ._.
  9. by   CW1978
    Oh god...pleghm, vomit, anything from a trache is absilutely disgusting to me. Also I was changing the cartridge in a wound vac last night and it was DISGUSTING, I almost vomited in the pt room.
  10. by   ShayMarie
    i have to agree that c.diff stools and gi bleeds are especially sickening. but, i can't believe no one has mentioned the abscess with thick discharge that explodes out as soon as the scalpel touches it! and that smell.....i would totally rather smell necrotic wound than abscess funk!
  11. by   diane227
    Spit does it for me... mouth care. I just hate it when people spit into a cup or into an emesis basin. I can take vomit, GI bleeds, gun shot wounds, open fractures, poop, people vomiting into my shoe (or into the handbag of the social worker), pus, maggots, etc but spit... Just hate it. One thing that kind of grossed me out once was placing a foley into a lady and getting nothing but pus back.
  12. by   NsugaBuga
    Quote from diane227
    Spit does it for me... mouth care. I just hate it when people spit into a cup or into an emesis basin. I can take vomit, GI bleeds, gun shot wounds, open fractures, poop, people vomiting into my shoe (or into the handbag of the social worker), pus, maggots, etc but spit... Just hate it. One thing that kind of grossed me out once was placing a foley into a lady and getting nothing but pus back.

    Maggots??? Whats the story w/ that?

    One thing that grossed me out was snot from this one persons nose. I think its because it was so unexpected. It was green and thick... and wouldnt stop coming out. By this I mean every time I wiped, then came back, it was there waiting for me, and only me to wipe.... And I'm pretty sure the stuff was inside the back of the throat too even though I couldnt see it.
  13. by   NurseVoldemort
    Maggots... I've seen pts come in with bedsores with maggots in them... REALLY BAD CARE AT HOME!!!!!
    Personally, I haven't found my "thing" yet... I actually enjoy and volunteer for those huge stage 4 dressing changes... I'm kinda grusome like that...

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