Most Dreaded Procedures - page 3

I work Med/Surg and there are certain procedures that I dread performing and last night I had one that I dread: Inserting a foley catheter in an uncircumcised 81-year-old man. I have so much trouble... Read More

  1. by   mattsmom81
    Yeah, it always seems to be our fault when THEY screw up.
  2. by   thisnurse
    oh gee...so many of them ....

    i hate suctioning
    anything to do with poop
    taping ng tubes...putting them down doesnt bother me....especially if i dislike the patient
  3. by   prmenrs
    For caths, I always throw a couple of sterile gauze to use dry to hold the penis (don't forget I do babies); and for little girls, get an assistant to use sterile Q-tips to hold the labia apart. Also have some extra Betadine swabs open--if you can't find the meatus, dot some more B-dine on there and it will pool in the right spot.
  4. by   caroladybelle
    I recently had to assist an orthopod w/putting a dementia patient into skeletal traction - eeek. When he drilled the traction pin through the patient's knee - the patient was awake, had local anesthetic - I thought I was going to hit the floor.

    Guess I'll never work OR.
  5. by   ERNurse752
    Eeeeewwwwww...I hate ortho procedures...feeling/hearing bones grinding together...
    <shudder>
    AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!
  6. by   MollyJ
    vag exams on histrionic, sexually active teens. Give me a break.

    Facial trauma/dental trauma. (It's hard to keep your disgust from showing on your face.)

    peds catheterization (it ALWAYS seems assaultive)

    Traumas that go on SO LONG that you're considering asking for TPN orders.
  7. by   eldernurse
    I hate gyne exams in the ED on histrionic crack heads.
  8. by   bermuda56
    Anything to do with mucous is yuck to me - especially dumping a suction canister - I cringe to even THINK about it.
  9. by   Ted
    Originally posted by ERNurse752
    Eeeeewwwwww...I hate ortho procedures...feeling/hearing bones grinding together...
    <shudder>
    AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!
    Me too!!! Actually . . . I hate anything having to do with broken bones!!! (I guess I'd make a poor ortho nurse.)

    Bones grinding together . . . .

    Ted
  10. by   skwirm
    I hate gyne exams in the ED on histrionic crack heads.
    LOL. Man,....too much.
    :chuckle
  11. by   prn nurse
    We never dump the contents of suction containers. Those things are made to cap off and toss. Several infectious disease docs have told us to always have a mask on when disconnecting them---prior to tossing. Pseudomonas and strep are dominant pathogens in them...!
  12. by   deespoohbear
    I hate irrigating and changing colostomies!! The smell about gags me everytime!!

    Dread doing CPR on some little frail elderly person and hearing a feeling their ribs crack with each compression. Makes me cringe everytime.

    I kind of like doing NG's and foleys! Guess I am strange. I seem to have a knack for them.
  13. by   RNforLongTime
    When I worked on the renal floor at my last hospital, we were the only RNs in the hospital that were permitted to do PD. So no matter where the pt was in the hospital, an RN from my floor had to go and to the exchange. Didn't matter if the pt was in ICU or whatever. Sometimes got to be a PITA especially when the floor was very busy which was all the time. There were a few times where we had three PD pt's in the hosp that weren't on our unit. They were ALL on q4hr exchanges!

    I don't mind spit or poop or blood or giving IM's or starting IV's.

    I will NOT draw blood from a pt. Never been trained. Actually had the nursing sup call up one night and ask if I could do the blood draw on a pt on TB precautions as no one working in the lab that night was fit tested with the particulate respirator masks. I said absolutely not! Are you gonna send up the phleb tech to do my BP's on my pts? I dont think so! She ended up sending an ER nurse up to draw the blood.

    Grossest thing I've seen is the corneal retreival on a pt that had just died from metastatic breast ca. Her family donated her corneas, so I had to keep the body on the floor til the eye bank RN got there to remove them. When the vitreous humor came out, I thought I was gonna pass out!

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