Worst nursing proceedure ever.... - page 4

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   c.wicks
    Get out your barf-bags and I'll try to finish this story.

    .....the smell

    ___________________
    I'm sorry, my son just came in and is bugging me to take him to the store. We've been snowed in for the last three days and I guess it's time to slide down this mountain for a supply run.

    I will return.....C.
  2. by   Furball
    Originally posted by nilepoc
    Butt Pus is the worst
    Butt puss? Sounds like an awesome name for a rock band!

    "Now introducing....the most awesome band to come out of a trailer park.........



    BUUUUUUUTT PUUUUUUUUSS!!!!"



    Aw c'mon wicks....I'm dyin' here!!:roll
    Last edit by Furball on Jan 19, '03
  3. by   LoisJean
    The smell of gangrene. Hands down, no doubt about it. I can take every smell that ever there was or is, but gangrene is the one that adheres to my nasal mucosa and stays there--for what seems like forever! How unfortunate for me that in the un-sung role of foot care nurse, I have to smell gangrene so often.

    Peace,
    Lois Jean
  4. by   CountrifiedRN
    Originally posted by c.wicks
    Get out your barf-bags and I'll try to finish this story.

    .....the smell

    ___________________
    I'm sorry, my son just came in and is bugging me to take him to the store. We've been snowed in for the last three days and I guess it's time to slide down this mountain for a supply run.

    I will return.....C.

    Barf bag in position. Ready and waiting for your return! :uhoh21:
  5. by   hapeewendy
    I'd have to say that I am really hardpressed to pick a worst procedure,smell, task or whatever
    there are everso many to choose from...
    I didnt have a good stomach as a nursing student, very queasy a lot of the time, so when my patients colostomy bag exploded all over himself and my nice mauve uniform I would have to say that I puked and had the dry heaves the rest of the week - so colostomy situations are not my fave
    hated suctioning but now I'm used to it and it doesnt phase me , unless there is some pseudomonas growin up in there, then thats a different story
    but hands down, gangrene, the smell of gangrene just makes me uhhhh now I cant get it out of my head (thanks Lois Jean! hehe)
    yah gangrene is baaaaaaaaad, the smell stays with you, you think your whole uniform smells like it ,and sometimes , just from mouth breathing enough you can almost tas....errr nevermind
    GROSS!
  6. by   night owl
    Originally posted by RN2bNC
    Barf bag in position. Ready and waiting for your return! :uhoh21:
    Got mine ready too.......C'mon, let's have it!
  7. by   nilepoc
    For the people that cannot stand eye problems, I have this story from early in my career.

    Working the night shift in the CCU, I admitted a 80 year old indian from the reservation. She was complaining of chest pain and nausea. On admit she had an eye patch on, but none of us admitting her could be bothered to ask why. Anyway, the MD orders an NG be placed, he didn't think anything of the eyepatch either. So I go and try to place the NG, Darndest thing was, I could place the thing with absolutely no resistance. Then I would try and aspirate, nothing. so I would listen, nothing. so I had the women open her mouth, (not easy, she did not speak english), nothing there. Hmmmm it had to go somwhere? So I removed it again, and tried one last time. After getting the right length in, I was looking at her face, and noted the eye patch moved if I moved the NG. Sure enough, upon removal of the patch, the NG was found coiled in her eye socket. she had a cancer removed, that had tracked along her trigeminal nerve, and required the denucleation of her left orbit. To add to the picture, the wound was nasty, and the pus was very alarmingly present. Through erosion, the wound had created a passage to the patients nasal passage, allowing the NG to pass. That was bad.

    On the butt pus front, I was floated to the ER, and took an admit c/o rectal pain. Upon exam, the patient was found to have a racquet ball size boil/pustual in the anal area. The doctors decided to lance the thing at the gurney side. Upon insertion of the scalpel, the pus jumped forth and sprayed three of the people in attendance. Being good doctors, they did as they are taught, and did not follow universal precautions, (none had masks, or gouwns on). Each was sprayed about their chest, and groin. Luckily no one got it in the face. The stench was horrendous, and to this day, I have not smelled anything worse, nor have I seen an ER clear out so fast. I did not get sprayed, as I was behind the mob during the procedure.

    Craig
    Last edit by nilepoc on Jan 19, '03
  8. by   ShelleyERgirl


    My absolute worst thing is ear irrigations, I can handle anything, gi bleeds, colostomy bags, anything but..... if I see those big, nasty chunks of earwax my gag reflex goes into overdrive!!!

    Yuck!
  9. by   debRNo1
    A nurse I worked with ALWAYS dealt with the hearing aids cause never mind irrigation I couldn't even deal with what she called

    "IEO" inner ear odor............
  10. by   RNanne
    Once when I was working in ER, we admitted a MVA. This fellow had flipped his motorcycle off the road and onto a camper. We were a working and working on him. He needed a little suctioning, so I started a little nasal suction and one of the other nurses starting crying, "Oh yuk, yuk, look. I looked and I was suctioning brain tissue out of his nose. That is the grossest thing that I ever saw. Needless to say, the guy didn't make it.
  11. by   renerian
    I agree with you 100%.

    renerian:uhoh21:
  12. by   baseline
    There isn't much I can't handle. I rank mucous and ileostomies at the top of unpleasant. But .... ED nurse that I am.... the only thing that wobbles my gastic intactness....is crepitus. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR..gives me the WILLIES!!!!
  13. by   Furball
    mmmmmm crepitus?

    yummy...rice krispy treats

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