Things that make you go EW!

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Well, I was walking into work the other day and watched with horror as an employee turned into the parking lot with their badge in their mouth. EW!!

I wipe my badge off before I go home every night but even then I would never put that filthy, microscopic germ laden inanimate object near my mouth…so GROSS!

Then I was walking in today and again saw the same thing! OMG! Terrible!! It started me thinking about all the other gross things people do in the hospital setting. Like walking from the cafeteria to your unit or break room with your food uncovered. Or touching door handles and then touching your face.

Even when you think you didn’t touch something in a patient’s room, chances are you actually did and you didn’t even notice. Then you touch your face inadvertently and BAM! Now you are sick. BAM! There goes another case of MRSA.

Another thing that grosses me out is when female nurses with beautiful long hair work with it hanging down around their face. I even saw one nurse start a foley catheter with her hair down…uh, say good bye to sterile technique! Her hair actually ended up in betadine. These are just a few of my germaphobic pet peeves, I would love to hear what YOUR pet peeve is!!

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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12 Responses to Things that make you go EW!

  1. Drs are the worse..they remind me of the french aristoscracy who bathed rarely and believed that water was for the poor..I actually had to remind several that “they are mortal..go wash your hands”!!

  2. Free ranging Drs who go from room to room, patient to patient without washing their hands or wiping down their stethoscope, despite the fact that patients are on various precautions. Then they go straight for the charts and the computers! Mention it to them and they look at you like you’re speaking a different language!!

  3. Jamie Rogers

    I hate when I have a patient who is scratching and scratching an as yet unidentified rash, then they reach out and touch my arm as I’m walking past their bed. I go to the bathroom and practically BATHE in sanitizer!

  4. Anippy

    One of my nursing school friends has waist-length hair that she usually wears in a ponytail. In our second semester, our instructor called her out of a patient’s room and demanded that she pull it up in a bun or face a zero for the day because the hair was hanging down while she was doing a “sterile” dressing change.

  5. germaphobe

    Ahhhaa……I can relate to all of the above. I am an Infection Preventionist and if only all nurses felt the same about where germs linger!! Germs are everywhere, and even though we all have our own immunity to our germs, it’s the ‘other’ person’s germs that could make us very sick!!! Be conscientious. Be aware. Please keep your hands clean, and remember, think of where the hands of the last person who touched that phone before you were……

  6. Susan R.N.

    As an ER nurse mine are more basic EWW’s..smells.
    There is nothing like the scent of lower GI bleed at the begining of a shift. That sh*t(pun intended) permeates everything and stays with you all day. Also, there is Pseudomonis from a large abd. wound and in the summer there is the flower like scent of homeless person feet. No amount of room spray will get rid of that smell. Oh well, time to eat my lunch and get back on shift. 😉

    • ashley

      eww… how about the wonder smell of a BM containing C-Diff

  7. barbara

    It is pretty bad when a patient would swings a full bed pan at you or finger paint with poo poo.

  8. ashley

    uh! I hate it when patients touch me! sorry mrs. jones ur a nice lady, but i dont know what you’ve been doing with your hands.

  9. Nina

    Great post!!! I’m glad I’m not the only germ obsessed person. I’m a new nurse and have been wondering what are some good tips for trying to stay as clean as possible. Please tell me more. I always want to spend my first few minutes of my shift wiping everything down with antibacterial wipes. Especially the patient bed side table, the nurses station desk, computers, telephone etc. I thought all hospitals had showers like on Grey’s Anatomy so I could shower and change before I leave the hospital.

    • Denise

      I’ve been a nurse for 11 yrs and I still wipe down everything before and after my shift. My pts rooms are the cleanest!!!

  10. Denise

    Of all the things in health care I know this is crazy but I can’t stand to brush someones hair. The other day I had a pt who had very long hair and said “oh I wish someone would brush my hair” I grabbed a pair of gloves and with my face wrinkled up(behind her back so she could not see me of course) I brushed away. eww!!!!