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Marley0607 - 41-45 years old - female

Posted by Marley0607
on August 16th, 2012 at 4:04 PM

When training as a student Psychiatric Nurse In 1988 I was doing my 3 month secondment on the Elderley wards.
Now while I enjoyed my time on these wards there was one aspect of the job I just could not get used to............. FALSE TEETH,
The Ward Sister, who liked to make my life pure hell thought it was the funniest thing in the world to get me to take all the elderly patients teeth out, urghhhhh, clean them, urghhhhh, and then to put them back in, urghhhh.
As you can imagine back then there could be as many as 30 - 40 patients on the ward. Was I allowed some help to complete this task, I think not.........
I spent every night on these wards trying not to chuck up my insides and still smile at the patients as I would hate to make them feel uncomfortable, oh to say I dislike dentures would be an understatement.
I thought I had a pretty good brainwave and decided that instead of doing this god forsaken job individually I would save myself the retching.
I went round the ward with a big basin, collected in all dentures, urghhhh, filled the basin with Sterident and hot water, got a coat hanger and swirled he dentures around the basin cleaning them all at the one time.
Haha I thought to myself this is so easy, ............
I found myself up in front of the Charge Nurse and the Nurse Tutor, who may I just say did not see things my way.
I can't help it if I just put any dentures into any mouth, the patients looked like either Shergar the horse or the dentures fell out every time they went to speak.
I must admit I myself found it a wee bit amusing,....
Did I pass my Final Exams I hear you say,
Well of course I did, apparently they tell this story to other student nurses to explain that no matter how unsure of themselves they are there is always someone who is more stupid.

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  1. mpde - 56-60 years old - female

    Posted by mpde on August 16th, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Oh my word! I laughed so much.

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    Reply by An EP User May 23rd, 2015 at 12:23PM

  3. Posted by An EP User on August 17th, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    I think the worst job is cutting nails... I hate having to scrape all that gunk out underneath which is often faeces bleurgh.

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    Reply by An EP User May 23rd, 2015 at 12:23PM

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