10 nursing activities that cross YOUR disgust threshold

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In a special episode of The Katie Duke Show, Katie and her fellow Nurseonality Kati Kleber discuss the “Yuck Factor.” The two nurses ask each other what part of their jobs crosses that elusive (for nurses) “disgust threshold.”

And you guys were more ready to chime in with the activities that make YOU go ewww….

Check out some of the confessions your fellow nurses wrote on the Funny Nurses and Scrubs Facebook pages, and leave your own comment below!

“Mucus…or saliva, anything with a slimy consistency! This is also the reason I almost start dry heaving when people eat raw oysters! Yuk. I also can’t drink ANY green smoothies…looks too much like NG contents.” —Lynn M.

“Maggots. They make me want to run away and hide. And shower. For a solid year. Such incredible heebie-jeebies!” Samantha L.

“Saw an I&D of the aftermath of a brown recluse bite. That was bad. Worst. Smell. Ever. Dentures, sputum, snot, GI bleeds, cleaning bedpans, and wounds with sinus tracts that shoot pus are also not a good time, but I deal with those. I’m not real fond of feet, either, but thankfully our policy states we can’t cut nails, so I’m perfectly happy to say, ‘Sorry can’t do it.'” Nikki H.

“Eye surgery…cannot watch.” Vera C.

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8 Responses to 10 nursing activities that cross YOUR disgust threshold

  1. Christele

    I can’t stand malaena. The smell just makes me want to throw up. I can deal with anything but that .

  2. michaelzinn

    The smell of C-Diff….Unmistakable…makes me gag every time I have to smell or clean it!!

  3. tschmelz1

    GI Bleed…oh that smell you never forget, C-Diff, and changing colostomy bags. My three biggest yucks and downfalls….lol

  4. GypsyRose444

    Sputum collection for testing, although I handle trachs just fine for some reason.

  5. Stephen Segun

    The sight and the smell of foot ulcer. Even after dressing, u still perceive the smell at home. I can’t stand the smell

  6. Carmeluv05

    I can with stand anything except the smell of vomit!!

  7. Nurse420

    Sputum. Period

  8. Angel eyes 74

    I have to agree that brushing dentures is gross, however I find ear wax disgusting. Seeing huge chunks of ear wax floating during an ear wash makes me gag!!