The other day at clinical I was with a nurse who injured herself. She was removing the cover off a safety razor, and shaved two finger pads right off. She had to go to the ED for sutures and bandages.

Now, I was concerned before my OR rotation that I might get woozy and end up yakking breakfast onto my shoes, but it turned out it didn’t bug me at all. I’ve seen gross abscesses,  nasty incisions, and encountered some headache-inducing odors. But thinking about scraping the ends of my fingers with a razor just gives me the willies.

I hear tell there are nurses who turn into a puddle if someone has to give them a shot. Some can’t wipe feces up without dry heaving. I wonder what the most common ick-inducing thing is for nurses?

Any thoughts?

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