Which nursing skills do you dread? - page 9

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   doe9181
    I hate catheterizing females, especially heavy-set ones. Sometimes I feel like I'm on a safari trying to find treasure, digging around down there. I have only been successful once. All the other times, I get the wrong hole! Does anyone have any tips?

    I hate c. diff, any diarrhea, emptying colostomies, and changing diapers. I had a man once that had a severe code brown. I walked into his room and the was diarrhea all over the bed, all over his legs, feet , and the front of his gown, all over the floor, the walls, the IV pole, the furniture (nightstand and table), and all over the damn bedside commode, but get this. When he turned around his butt was perfectly clean!!!! Me and my charge nurse were like how the heck did he manage that?

    I could deal with vomit, secretions, and trachs but I hate poop. I love wounds also. I had a woman whose skin looked like it was melting off her legs. They were all oozing and shiny and kind of bloody. She had no top layer of skin. I forget what she had. I think it might of been a form of the flesh eating bacteria. I was fascinated by it while my preceptor stood there and gagged.
  2. by   elizabells
    Quote from doe9181
    I hate catheterizing females, especially heavy-set ones. Sometimes I feel like I'm on a safari trying to find treasure, digging around down there. I have only been successful once. All the other times, I get the wrong hole! Does anyone have any tips?
    When you get it in the wrong orifice, leave it in. Start over (with all new sterile stuff, obvy) and aim above the first one. It's your landmark.

    And good on you for being okay with wounds. They're like my Kryptonite.
  3. by   sharona97
    Had to have my coffee while reading the barfing of stool........ eeeeeewh.
  4. by   PRESLA
    ]I am good at handling smells and procedures I just can't take SNOT. Anything respiratory coughing up sputum. Gag.

    Lisa
  5. by   EmmaG
    Quote from elizabells
    When you get it in the wrong orifice, leave it in. Start over (with all new sterile stuff, obvy) and aim above the first one. It's your landmark.
    Good advice. And then have them cough. It will 'wink' at you.
  6. by   lauralei2
    Quote from Indy
    .....trach suctioning, packing tunnelling wounds, disimpactions.......

    Oh, I just hate disimpactions, packing and unpacking tunnell wounds (and trying to keep a straight face). Trachs.......thankfully, they are few and far between on our floor. Starting an IV on an obese patient, and then mgmt giving me an attitude when I'm unable to get a line.
  7. by   grace90
    I hate caring for patients my age or younger that have terminal cancer or a chronic debilitating illness such as MS or MG.

    I hate dealing with DT's, I seem to get the patients that are either Ativan-resistant and it seems like nothing is working, or they're so Ativan-overloaded they require multiple doses of that one drug that reverses it, isn't it called something like Flumazanil?
  8. by   RNforLongTime
    I HATE doing trach care!! I am also not big on dressing changes. But I do it, because it is my JOB!!! Now if every nurse I worked with had my philosophy, things where I am at would be a LOT better. We've got ONE RN who misses things ALL THE TIME. Yet management does NOTHING about it.
  9. by   twistedpupchaser
    About 14 years ago I was doing Primary Health Care in a tent in the middle of nowhere, (in the Army). A patrol came in as I was heading to breakfast and one of the members had a huge boil he wanted me to look at. I gloved up, didn't worry about a gown or mask to "check it out"........Big mistake! as I touched it, it exploded all over me witrh a thick chunky pus.

    To make things worse after cleaning up and going to the mess, the first dish in the bain marie was a curry the same colour and consistency, I ran outside and threw up. The first time anything ever got to me.

    To wrap things up, there is this one type of pus that I just cannot handle...nothing else bothers me.....yet!
  10. by   rehabhereIcome
    Those posts were all way too entertaining and so the reality of nursing.

    Although I noticed it was one of the least favourite nursing skills...Trache suctioning and disimpacting are my life at present and bug me na-da.

    But..when I was a nursing student, a man with a fresh trache hurled phlegm out across the floor nearly landing on me and the remainder hung in strands from the outer part of his cannula...I remember this so vividly to this day and the rancid smell.

    Oh so happy I just relived that moment again.:lghmky:
  11. by   Angel@MyTable
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    Anything to do with sputum or feet LOL. Collecting a sputum spec or putting on TEDs makes me physically ill. I nearly passed out once watching a podiatrist cutting this patient's toenails... you know, thick, crusty, yellow, curly toenails. AAAAUUUGGGHHH!!!!!!!
    You gave me a good laugh Emmanuel!
    I love to clip toenails, even the funkiest don't bother me!

    Anyhoo, not much bothers me as a CNA, and I was trained in the 80's when we were allowed to do dis-impactions, enemas, and suppositories. I have also worked in a unit with pt's who were comatose, and on vents and had g-tubes; the only thing I didn't like about that job was giving those pt's a bath. I was always freaked that I might get water in their trach, or pull out a tube!
  12. by   chenoaspirit
    Blood transfusions! I HATE doing that!
  13. by   grace90
    nasogastric tube insertion, i've had one so every time i put one down i feel the sensation in my own throat, and then have to yank it back out and have someone else do it

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