Which nursing skills do you dread? - page 3

What nursing skills do you absolutely hate doing? Even if it is super easy and not time consuming? Which orders do you read and just think to yourself, aw man! I hate doing that!! I'm just curious! ... Read More

  1. by   SaderNurse05
    One thing that makes me really gag is oral care if they have full plates. I used to work a floor where the nurse before me would put the dentured in a glass of water eithout washing them off. When I would bring the patients' breakfast I brushed them with tooth paste. Foe some ereason I stick my hands into the most amazing nasty things people can have, but teeth...gag. i would seriously pray and try to distract myself so I would not puke.
  2. by   RNDreamer
    I always read about how horrible the c-diff smell is...Is it really THAT bad? Now you guys have peaked my curiousity. I'm going to call my nurse friend and have her describe the smell to me.


    Quote from CT Pixie


    you forgot to mention..with a smell sooo bad it would bring most people to their knees gagging!! I hate C. Diff! Its a smell you will never ever forget.

  3. by   TeresaB930
    Smelling Osteomalitis in a decub that has to be packed.......I've got a strong stomach and handle most of it all pretty well, but this one floors me!
  4. by   leslymill
    Dis-impacting is definitely one I think you all avoid. When I worked agency, I got an assignment on a skilled unit where most where on tube feedings. I had to dis-impact almost every patient. It was an ALL NIGHT chore. Each patient I assessed was distended with NO BMs charted. It was a 12 hour disaster. One patient had to go to ICU to be put on a vent....well okay,,, that pt's problem wasn't constipation , but gaw how can a floor with mainly total care patients not assess BMs. Surely you don't all hate dis-impacting so much YOU HIRE AN AGENCY NURSE TO DUMP THE JOB ON?


    podiatrist cutting this patient's toenails... you know, thick, crusty, yellow, curly toenails. AAAAUUUGGGHHH!!!!!!!
    :roll
  5. by   tiij
    i hate line changes! just getting sterile and stuff sucks.

    i also hate doing heel pricks.
  6. by   RNperdiem
    Sign me up for hating ambulating patients-the biggest drawback when floating to cardiothoracic step-down. I do not like getting people up to a chair if I am not confident they can do all the work.( I am 108lbs and not that strong)
    I never liked feeding patients. It could take forever. Call lights start going off and things get behind while doing this essential but very boring task.
    I do not like "road trips" to MRI with ICU patients.
  7. by   vamedic4
    I hate having anything to do with vomit, especially with our older pt. population. Baby vomit isn't a big deal, but some of our peds patients are teens and occasionally adults...and that vomit is just disgusting.

    C diff is another, though I've learned to put lotion under my nose (and inside the mask I wear) to ward off the evil smells.

    I don't enjoy taking monitored patients down to Xray...monitors weigh about 35 pounds..and all the associated wiring...ugh.

    IVs/blood draws on patients who's limbs are contracted. Difficult on a good day, downright impossible sometimes.
  8. by   oldiebutgoodie
    I HATE starting IVs, especially on A&O patients who are screaming (before you even touch them) IS IT GOING TO HURT?????

    I hate placing foleys in little old contracted ladies.

    I LOVE doing ostomy pouch changes, skin care, etc. I guess I better, cause now I am a wound/ostomy nurse at our facility. It also helps that I have sinus problems, so my sniffer doesn't work so well!

    Oldiebutgoodie
  9. by   EmmaG
    Quote from leslymill
    One patient had to go to ICU to be put on a vent....well okay,,, that pt's problem wasn't constipation
    Way back when, we had a patient actually die as a result of constipation. He went into respiratory distress and ended up on the vent because he was so impacted he'd developed a 'megacolon' and his lungs simply couldn't expand. I remember being shown the xrays. Quite impressive.
  10. by   Blee O'Myacin
    I dread:

    Saying "Is there anything else I can get you because [say it with me...] I HAVE THE TIME!!!!"

    Having an patient hand you "something". (Doesn't matter what it is. But multiply the ick factor when it's dentures that haven't seen a toothbrush or efferdent since the mid 1970's)

    Discharge teaching on a late teen/early 20's young lady who is leaving the ER after a 1g IM injection of rocephin, and having to explain that "Yes, it was the intercourse that gave you the STD. No, the ambulance that you took here can't take you home..."
  11. by   pmw2007
    what's a coude?
  12. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from pmw2007
    what's a coude?
    a catheter that is curved at the tip instead of straight.
  13. by   SaderNurse05
    C Diff sucks all of the oxygen out of the air. As you continue to breath, you can taste it..It makes skunks seem like silly playthings.

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