Which nursing skills do you dread? - page 5

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   sharona97
    Quote from indigo girl
    Just reading this makes me cry. Bless you, Susan. I could never do what
    you do. It makes everything else seem easy.
    I second that. Thank you for your compassion.
  2. by   Susan9608
    Bless you, Susan
    Thank you.

    Thank you for your compassion.
    And thank you.
  3. by   leslie :-D
    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.)
    i still say, high colostomies in a hot room, is a close second.

    seriously susan, thanks for keeping it in perspective.:icon_hug:

    leslie
  4. by   chapter7
    I can imagine how difficult is your job, I work for Hospice, and I have difficult moments too, I want to mention a beautiful lady and great person she was a nurse from the Baptist Hospital Miami Florida, I took care of here during her last days, and I spent wonderful time with her, she passed away the las Set 28, for lung cancer, CHRISTINE JEREZ, she will be always in my heart.......AND BLESS YOU SUSAN
  5. by   ERnewbieRN
    i dread:

    -enemas
    -IV starts on elderly pts or young children
    -inserting NG tubes... blech
    -butt wiping/placing pts on bedpans, etc.
    -orthostatics... for some reason i HATE doing this! and EKG's! LOL
    2 things that are very simple but i just absolutely can't stand doing
    -undressing pts with contractures... eep
  6. by   AdrienneRN2b
    Someone asked already but no one answered, what is so bad about hanging blood?
  7. by   Kb_09
    I really hate checking residuals from an NG/OG tube, especially if I have to take it out of the syringe to measure more than 60 mls.
  8. by   CoffeeRTC
    The calls in the middle of the night to family "please come in..Mom/Dad has taken a turn for the worse" and then letting them know that they have died.

    Disimpactions
    Enemas till clear
    Drawing blood/ starting IVs on the elderly
    Ted hose
    feeding patients
    wound care on nasty/ unavoidable wounds
    assisting anyone who is vomiting...even my kids (I will join right in)
  9. by   TigerGalLE
    I hate hanging blood for many reasons.

    1. there is always a chance they will have a reaction
    2. frequent vital signs
    3. tough on the veins, usually will end up having to start a new IV
    4. Having to go all the way downstairs to get it
    5. Having to make another busy nurse stop what they are doing to come check it with you
  10. by   P_RN
    I hate recording a code. I can't write as fast as the 2 dozen people are shouting. I wish there were a tv camera in every room that would just record it all. Then some of the doofi (med students) might hush up.
  11. by   rnsrgr8t
    When I used to do pediatric primary care, I hated doing hearing/vision screens. I have no idea why.

    I hate giving IM PCN. It is thick and even with the correct guage needle is slow to inject. Always gives me the willies after I give it.

    I hate suctioning.

    I get the willies when someone has bad dental cavities. I think it is b/c I have had to have a lot of dental work myself.

    Way back in my old oncology days I hated giving Amphotericin (amphoterrible we called it ) and IVIG. My patients ALWAYS got rigors no matter what I did.

    I also hated continuous bladder irrigations. I had a child on it due to cytoxan related hemorrhagic cystitis.

    I have no problem cathing baby girls but hate cathing baby boys, I have no idea why. Boys are not as difficult, just bothers me for some reason.

    I used to hate accessing portacath's. I hated inserting that huge needle into someone's chest.

    Calling in scripts to pharmacies...uggh I can never just leave a message b/c they never get filled and there some pharmacists that either cannot speak english or just are rude.

    Dealing with insurance companies. Whether it is for prior authorizations for meds, surgeries etc. I hate the hoops they make you dance through before they will let you do what the patient needs.
  12. by   time4meRN
    Triage when the ER is full , 8 hour waits and having to explain to people that we are not wendy's, first come first serve. I usually get a blank stare and then I hear' " I know , but I came before both of those people ".. Sometimes fallowed by a discription of my race with a female dog name behind it.

    I also dislike giving charcoal to OD's.

    I hate consious sedation.
  13. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from TigerGalLE
    I hate hanging blood for many reasons.

    1. there is always a chance they will have a reaction
    2. frequent vital signs
    3. tough on the veins, usually will end up having to start a new IV
    4. Having to go all the way downstairs to get it
    5. Having to make another busy nurse stop what they are doing to come check it with you
    Thank you TigerGal. #1, 2, and 4 are the exact reasons I hate hanging blood.

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