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10 Funky Hospital Smells

Steve Berman | NursingLink

Funky Smells


You think garbage collectors have it hard when it comes to on-the-job smells? Well, they do, but at least in their case they’re prepared and can even wear a mask. Plus, there’s a lot of margin for error. They don’t have to look at whatever’s causing the offensive odor; they can just close their eyes and dump it into the truck, never to be seen again until it reaches the landfill.

On the other hand, nurses don’t have it so easy. They’re not only faced with terrible smells that they can’t humanly prepare for on a daily basis, but they can’t just turn their heads and hold their noses. Nurses are in the position having to deal directly with nasal abominations – and a clothespin on one’s nose is not part of the nursing dress code. Whether it’s a particularly odorous medical condition, or the patient itself, hospital smells are one of the hazards of the job.

Of all the bad smells that nurses face, here are 10 of the worst.


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