Worst nursing proceedure ever.... - page 13

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   Darlene K.
    I worked GI for 7 years - A man brough me something he found in his stool (all white and slimey) wrapped in aluminum foil! I assured him that the doctor would want to see that and to save it for when he came in!
  2. by   HeartRNJenn
    Isn't it great what nurses can talk about? My husband can't stand it when I talk about work
  3. by   OzNurse69
    I usually have a pretty strong stomach.....not much makes me heave.....but congratulations you guys, you've just done it for me!!!
  4. by   liberalrn
    Whoa-that last post just about did it for me!
    How about those pts who do physchological torture on you? You know, the alert pt who is on the light constantly. pressing it as you exit the room.....asking you to move their Kleenex box 2 cm to the left....these are stable, alert, able pts, asking me to wash their hands and face (sudden onset of myasthenia gravis or what?).....irks me.
    Or the 490lb pt who had multiple decubs in the folds, who needed a new Foley (it took 5 of us), chronic diarrhea AND did the constant call light thing.......yuck
  5. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by RNanne
    Rotten grapes. What were those doing up there or need I ask. What was the explanation for that!!!:imbar
    actually...they were raisins when she first inserted them...
  6. by   RNanne
    Oh dear. Grapes to raisins to grapes. Yikes!!! I now have heard everything.

    They used to in the old days--use coke in a bottle to douche with after doing the big one. They would shake it up, insert and the foam was used to douche with. Then dollars to donuts there would be a vacuum created and they would then show up in the ER. They used to keep a drill in the ER to drill a hole in the bottom of the bottle to break the vacuum. True story!!!
  7. by   ShelleyERgirl

    Talk about having a "Coke and a smile" !
  8. by   RN auditor
    I remember many years ago working as a nurses aide in an ICU and the one nurse was suctioning a trach while the other nurse stood at the side of the bed. The patient coughed, the nurse didn't duck fast enough, and the vision that is forever engrained in my mind is that nurse standing in shock as a gross/slimey wet sputum wad slowly slid down the lens of her glasses. It still makes me shiver.
  9. by   AHarri66
    I would have to say it was the 480lb woman with multiple skin folds and a decub under each one. (Did I mention each decub was tunneling and oozing green goopy pus?) The smell was enough to knock us over. On top of that she had open wounds to the lower extremities, complete with their own yellow crusty drainage. It took three of us to dress her wounds: two to hold the extremity/skin fold, and the other to do the dressings. We each came equipped with a mask, not only for the possibility of flying pus, but just to cover *some* of the smell.

    Still makes me gag thinking about it.
    Last edit by AHarri66 on Feb 12, '03
  10. by   RED_ALERT37
    Old GI bleeds and debridding burn wounds make me gag... a mucous plug comes up a strong second !!! ACK ACK ACK !!!
  11. by   Shopgirl2262
    WOUND CARE!!! OMG!! The smell is unforgetable. I have to do many things to get the smell out of my nose, mouth and body. BLAH!
  12. by   NurseLiNA
    uhhhh........what's a trach care? ok, all these stories are drawing me back...no, don't think about, STOP, stop thinking about. DO NOT, i say DO NOT freak out...it's my future job....i'm not thinking about it, yes....rotten feet, feces, puke....IT"S OKAY!! stop it!! ok, i'm lina, if ya dont know. click NurseLiNA to find out more about me. obviously i am not anywhere in the nursing field now. excluding all the lil "nasties," do ya still LUV ur jobs??

    *still working on my 10 posts*******