Which nursing skills do you dread? - page 4

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   leslie :-D
    an 'inflated' bag on a high colostomy, in a 100 degree room.
    thud.

    leslie
  2. by   indigo girl
    Quote from earle58
    an 'inflated' bag on a high colostomy, in a 100 degree room.
    thud.

    leslie
    Oh yes, it's really, really bad. So many facilities have windows that do not
    open, and no fresh air coming in there at all. There is no escape from this smell which tends to linger in the room and out of the doorway for all to share.
  3. by   sharona97
    I can't imagine that odor, a decaying body.
  4. by   canoehead
    Rape kits, when you have to do them alone. (Be the forensic nurse AND the patient support-impossible)
  5. by   Ms Kylee
    Patients who think you're their maid and you are only there to serve them because they're the only patient on your floor. One quick trip into a patient's room wound up being 45 minutes before I finally said "I'll have to come back and do this. I have stuff that's late.

    Cleaning up linen bags that day shift left in the bathroom because they were too lazy to take it to the dirty utility room.
  6. by   TigerGalLE
    Ok I have another one.. Continuous Bladder Irrigation.. UGH emptying that foley and hanging new bags all day... Very annoying!
  7. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from TigerGalLE
    Ok I have another one.. Continuous Bladder Irrigation.. UGH emptying that foley and hanging new bags all day... Very annoying!
    Been a while since I did that, but I agree.
  8. by   LuckyoneRN
    I'll second the road trips to MRI with my pts (MICU)...I HATE these! Make it happen on a night shift and the pucker factor increases by a factor of 10.
    Also, fecal bags placed with tubing to Foley bag for lower GI bleeds...the kind with clots that have to be "milked" through the tubing frequently...gags me every time!
  9. by   chapter7
    I have cleaning mouths, more than everything, you do not believe me, but i prefer to change a colostomy than clean a mouth...,\\quote=TigerGalLE;2435661]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!

    I hate doing dressing changes. (I think b/c we get a lot of gangrene wounds... and they stink!)

    I also loathe hanging blood! I don't know why... it isn't difficult

    And of course enemas and disimpactions aren't too fun either!

    I also hate giving eye and ear drops. I don't know why...

    I also hate having to collect stool samples... ewwww the idea of scooping up the poop into the little cup... gross [/quote]
  10. by   vamedic4
    Quote from SaderNurse05
    C Diff sucks all of the oxygen out of the air. As you continue to breathe, you can taste it..It makes skunks seem like silly playthings.
    Now isn't that the truth!!
  11. by   brookorrn
    Quote from oldiebutgoodie

    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

    Ostomy care does not bother me either and some day I want to specialize in it due to having a colostomy myself. But I have to agree with those who do not like brushing dentures and suctioning trachs........those two tasks make it to where I struggle to not gag while I am performing them.
  12. by   Susan9608
    I hate trying to explain to a 4 year old what "dead" means and why his little brother will never come home again.

    I hate looking a parent in the eyes and saying, "Yes, your baby is brain dead. No, there is *no* chance that we are mistaken. Would you like him to be an organ donor?"

    I hate sitting outside a patient's room and discussing "the harvest" of a 21 month old's organs with the transplant coordinator.

    I hate clipping locks of hair and taking final foot/hand prints of a child immediately prior to him being wheeled away for organ retrieval.

    (side note: I had a very bad week at work this week.)
  13. by   indigo girl
    Quote from Susan9608
    I hate trying to explain to a 4 year old what "dead" means and why his little brother will never come home again.

    I hate looking a parent in the eyes and saying, "Yes, your baby is brain dead. No, there is *no* chance that we are mistaken. Would you like him to be an organ donor?"

    I hate sitting outside a patient's room and discussing "the harvest" of a 21 month old's organs with the transplant coordinator.

    I hate clipping locks of hair and taking final foot/hand prints of a child immediately prior to him being wheeled away for organ retrieval.

    (side note: I had a very bad week at work this week.)
    Just reading this makes me cry. Bless you, Susan. I could never do what
    you do. It makes everything else seem easy.

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