Worst nursing proceedure ever.... - page 11

OK c'mon fess up everyone. There is ONE absolute most worst nursing proceedure that everyone can't stand to do, but you have to when the time arises...what turns your stomach and ties it in a knot... Read More

  1. by   LadyT_RN
    Thanks for the words of encouragement! I do hope We live through all that is in store for us!

    ______________________

    I am but one: but i am one.
    I cannot do everything.
    But I can Do something.
    What I can do, I ought to do:
    And what I ought to do,
    GOD HELPING ME, I WILL DO.
  2. by   silvermoon
    Love this thread- as a student I didn't know about pseudomonas- looked it up- now just wishing I didn't!!
    At least I am forewarned.

    I had a pt with a cyst on her back between her shoulderblades that the Dr. had decided to remove. I helped her have a bath and as I hoisted her out the lump exploded a porridge like goo. I was just soo glad that I was behind her and she couldn't see my face.
  3. by   LadyT_RN
    Hi Silvermoon,
    Just wanted to say that it is a refreshing change to read replies from a different country!! Also the joys of nursing can often times be a funny, horrendous, magnificent worldwind of emotions that we just have to laugh about as time permits.

    ________________
    Thought for the day --- "To work out life's problems,
    We need to:
    Add love
    Subtract Hate
    Multiply good and
    Divide between
    Truth and error!!"
  4. by   mattsmom81
    I think Kaycee's story is the 'best' so far.....(((shudder))))...the creepy crawlies that have us scratching in our dreams for weeks...uggh.

    For some reason I hate the smell of the cautery in procedures/surgery...like when assisting with a TURP. Almost lost my cookies at the smell of burning human flesh.

    Multi bug infections are sometimes hard on me too...like MRSA plus pseudo plus yeast. Had an URI gonnorheal infection that was at the top of my nasty list too
  5. by   reddgott
    I always wondered what the gyn. and nurses thought about some of the trash monsters who show up at the the gynecologist's office or probably even worse.......the health dept.

    I think I'm going to go PUKE right now.
  6. by   deegal.lpn
    I agree with all of you especially mouth nasties and some of the smells my nose comes in contact with especially the ones that stick in your nose for a long time that you sware you can almost taste. I wonder sometimes why I chose this career. Then I remember I love being a nurse.
  7. by   canadiannurse21
    What you are all saying is true--I have experienced it and more--I am known as having the "iron stomach"--I can handle pretty much anything--butI have to say the worst smell for me ever was giving a bed bath to an 80 year old patient. Not that bad you say? Well even though it doesn't sound that bad, the second I lifted this mans blanket and gown I nearly fainted. He was a new admit from home, and putting aside the fact that he hadn't touched a wash cloth to his genitalia in I would guess months and months, he also had a full blown penile yeast infection of some sort--his entire "anatomy" was covered in white-yellow goop that made me throw up in my mouth the second I smelled it. He must have had it for years---give me a trach any day!!!
  8. by   ShelleyERgirl


    Yuck! That gives a whole new meaning to the term, "fromunda" cheese!
  9. by   Sharon
    My favorite reoccurring worst procedures in order are


    3. The quarterly de-ticking, de-lousing of the same rich, eccentric, husband and wife team in their late 80's. I did such a good job the residents would just hold them in the ED until I was scheduled to work on the floor.
    2. Removing a quart of pus from the chest wound of a post CABG with osteomyelitis of the rib cage.
    1. Open cardiac massage at the bed side on the medical floor.
  10. by   AmAnRN
    I absolutely hated dealing with colostomies! i think they should be outlawed! i also hated trach care/suctioning. And i gagged myself to death just watching someone put down an NG tube. Maybe thats one reason i am glad i am on O.B. although we had a medical pt. (overflow) on our floor last week who was 85 and needed an NG tube which the day nurses had to [attempt to] put down. well, they said that when they started putting it down, she threw up huge clots and stomach content all during which she was incontinent and peed the bed.. the nurses said they were covered in blood and stomach content!! they finally got her moved to a medical floor. (the one i used to work on)
  11. by   debyan
    In my experience I can do caths colotostomies, suctioning, wound care packing included ,eye balls, ear flushing, draw blood, but please don't make me give dulc suppositories to those old perverts, you know the ones the guy that makes you feel like you hang out at the street corner with the mattres tied to your back. deb
  12. by   rnparrot
    this is the best topic yet!! i have really never laughed so hard reading everyone's stories! You really do have to have a warped sick sense of humor to be a nurse!!!! The funniest stories are heard at parties where there are medical people...rn's, resp etc...i was at a party once where a resp person was telling his worst story...he had to assist a doc in a bedside removal of a necrotic toe...the patient was out of it and he said the doc basically just "flicked" the toe off and it flew across the room.....he nearly peed himself telling the story. I heard this BEFORE i ever considered nursing school....the stories only get better!! Keep them coming!!
  13. by   rnparrot
    this is the best topic yet!! i have really never laughed so hard reading everyone's stories! You really do have to have a warped sick sense of humor to be a nurse!!!! The funniest stories are heard at parties where there are medical people...rn's, resp etc...i was at a party once where a resp person was telling his worst story...he had to assist a doc in a bedside removal of a necrotic toe...the patient was out of it and he said the doc basically just "flicked" the toe off and it flew across the room.....he nearly peed himself telling the story. I heard this BEFORE i ever considered nursing school....the stories only get better!! Keep them coming!!

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