Worst nursing proceedure ever.... - page 7

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   mrnurse2u
    Originally posted by kids-r-fun
    BTW...I know something that has always worked better for me than Vicks and is much less less obvious to everyone that you are trying to cover a smell: Pop 1 or 2 Altoids in your mouth and suck on them for a minute to get them going good them hold them between your teeth (so they don't burn your tongue) and breathe thru you mouth (be careful not to breathe to deep...the vapors can cause a bronchiospasm).
    Or you'll be so high you won't care.
  2. by   chrn
    I do not have a good sense of smell- have always said that is an assett in nursing. Sometimes, really bad smells get to me (mostly that rancid skin fold cheese stuff).
    But I have a rather peculiar aversion for a nurse- blood. Obviously, I can handle some blood, but man, DO NOT start cutting in front of me- no even a skin biopsy. I have left the OR with more assistance than some of the patients. In the small hospital I worked at, I would gladly manage the babysit the entire med-surg floor and CCU just to stay out of the ER when a bad accident came in.
    Poop, mucous, wounds so deep you can see the other side. dirty feet, dentures- no problem. Just don't let there be >100cc fresh, red blood.
  3. by   ?burntout
    I can tolerate most things....but poop, sputum, and vomit in large amounts....EWWWWWW:uhoh21:
    I have to hold my breath to empty a bedpan full of poop (you know-the ones the size of cow patties!!!) EWWWWWW:imbar
  4. by   babynurselsa
    I hate phlegm and mucous and the sounds that go along with them. Just want to heave ate the thought.
    But, THe worst of the worst for for me is Nose bleeds. I am not talking about your run of the mill busted nose. I am talking 70 year old guy on coumadin. The ones tha cough out those liver sized blood clots out of their mouths .
    Those are about the end of me.
  5. by   c.wicks
    Originally posted by semstr
    I think that bubbling, cracking might have been gasgangreen?
    Had a patient with that once, I'll never forget that sound, smell, feeling and look!
    Right you are, semstr! That creapy, crawling sensation (crepitus) that I could feel, was being produced by gas gangrene. But with all that snap, crackle and popping , I'd have to go along with Furball and call it a full-blown case of Rice krispies.

    Baseline was right about crepitus. It has the uncanny ability to wobble your gastric stabiliy. I was swallowing hard to maintain my breakfast when I heard a different sound.....incomprehensible....like maybe it was coming from under the bed. So I got down on my knees, looked under the bed.....nothing there. But to my utter dismay, I realized where this despicable, rustling sound was coming from. It was coming from under my patient!

    "Holy Moly---this is not gonna be good", I thought to myself. I should have called for some back up, but that part of my brain must had already checked out .

    Barf-bags ready?
  6. by   kids
    You are so cruel to drag this out!

    I am so ready for the rest of your story...of course I have already eaten dinner...
  7. by   c.wicks
    Originally posted by nilepoc
    Maggots??????????

    if so, thats pretty bad.
    Nilepoc, I wish you could have been there when I rolled her on her side and watched.......... as hundreds of wiggling white larvae squirmed to get back inside.
  8. by   passing thru
    This thread should be printed in the newspaper. Then, the public would understand how we earn our money and quit bi*****g.!
  9. by   passing thru
    And, those bedpans, , I always want to know....? WHY?? WHY is it that 80% of ALL our E.R. patients are not on the stretcher 30 minutes til they have to take a crapper?? And the doc hasn't seen them yet, so they aren't allowed to the toilet, so , here comes a big crapper...bedpan full.

    I always think to myself, anyone able to get off and on a bedpan and fill it with poop isn't very sick.
  10. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by passing thru
    And, those bedpans, , I always want to know....? WHY?? WHY is it that 80% of ALL our E.R. patients are not on the stretcher 30 minutes til they have to take a crapper?? And the doc hasn't seen them yet, so they aren't allowed to the toilet, so , here comes a big crapper...bedpan full.

    I always think to myself, anyone able to get off and on a bedpan and fill it with poop isn't very sick.
    You know, you lose your dignity when you are forced to go to the bathroom in a bedpan. You have no privacy...noises....smell...and then someone comes along and looks at it.

    Maybe it's all those undigested meat products coming out of their arse....
  11. by   sphinx
    I can add the usual things, but one thing that got me was from when I was a student. Now, I can handle wounds, have observed several surgeries in one capacity or just to watch....but I had this one clinical day in a GYN clinic, and there was a patient in to get her Norplants removed. That was the most disgusting thing ever. I mean, the NP gives her the lidocaine, then uses a scalpel, then starts digging around, gets a couple out, but the others are lost, deep, whatever. She keeps injecting more lido, which just grossed me out more (I hate the needle going right into the wound and being poked around) and the scalpel digging around, and blood dripping down the girl's arm...the girl was just watching it all, like no big deal. Meanwhile I am retching, and all of a sudden everything went black and I knew I was gonna faint. So head between the knees, got to a chair, somoeone came and put an icepack on my neck. I was mortified. I've never had that happen since then, but will never forget. Up to that point I'd been thinking I'd try Norplant. That certainly changed my mind!!!!!!
  12. by   CashewLPN
    what was under the bed?!?!!?!

    hmm... grossest.... well.... assisting for a debridment of a woman w/ necrotising faciitis.... Yuk... it was about her 9th debridment, and they were doing it up on the rehab unit... and it STUNK and BLED.... and, i thought it was cool...

    recent grossest?
    we have that 2 day flu (norfolk ? virus...)
    they all have N-V-D...nausea vomitting Diarrhea... YUK
    and, thats all 40 of them... even better-- nobody's allowed off the unit except to come onto the floor, and go home.... (our meals are brought up, and they have given us the tx room as a lounge until we are 'clear')
    eeewww....
    --Barbara
  13. by   dianthe1013
    Hmm. Poop, puke, snot, sputum, mucocutaneous manifestations of viral and infectious disease... Bring it. I'm fine. Maggots? Well, I used to be a forensic science major, so I'm used to the little squigglers.

    The one thing I CANNOT stand? The sound of a bone snapping. Just makes me drop in a dead, dead faint. Can't take it. I have only ever broken my coccyx and was unaware of it until the next day, but my sister fell out of a tree and broke her arm once. My mom came running and thought we were BOTH dead.

    Donna

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