I am a nursing student doing my preceptorship in the OR. Of my 350 hours working in the OR, the most raunchiest smell I have encountered was the bone glue they use to connect hardware to bone! To breath that stuff in gives me a headache, and I need to leave the room. Unfortunately as a scrub tech or nurse, that is not possible. I will worry about that when the time arises. Another discusting smell is the smell of burnt tissue from the cauterizer. I did get used to that though.
What almost made me faint was nothing that affected my scent glands but my equilibrium (I guess). I was scrubbed in, looking at the TV screen (slave monitor)-the surgeon was doing a laparscopic procedure- I got MASSIVE SEA SICK!
Then I saw stars, my body started to tingle-as I was walking out of the room I started to see nothing but black, I was ready to fall but someone caught me.
My advice to you:
1.Always make sure you have a full stomach.
2.Breath through your mouth as much as possible.
3. Do not put that peppermint junk on your nose it only makes it worse!
4. LEAVE if you feel faint-you collegues would rather you do so than fall on the patient!
5. Above all, YOU WILL GET ADJUSTED! It just takes time.....