Worst nursing proceedure ever.... - page 2

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   NurseWeasel
    These stories make my 'rusty metallic bloody nose breath' smell totally pale in comparison... so never mind, I take it back.

  2. by   nilepoc
    Butt Pus is the worst
  3. by   emily_mom
    When I worked LTC there was a lady who wouldn't let us clean her dentures. She kept them in for 15 days and when we finally coaxed them out, they were green and moldy....God, thinking about it now makes me gag yet....

    But, I vote for all of the above. Trach care....eesh....don't mind GI bleeds though....

  4. by   whipping girl in 07
    Ewwww, where's that puking smilie???

    Trach suctioning (without ballard setup on a vent) is the worst to me, although GI bleed poop and ostomies are close to the top of the list.

    But to me, the grossest smell EVER, is stale, sitting-in-the-urinal-for-eight-hours-at-the-bedside pee. Just about makes me vomit. It's the only thing I can't stifle the gag reflex over.
  5. by   Cafe
    How about the 400-500 lb hygenically challenged that insist you clean them up and won't lift a fold. And you aren't sure what it is growing there. Besides the old stale urine-amonia!!! Put on a mask and suck on a strong cough drop and it still lingers in your nostrils!!!
  6. by   night owl
    Isn't nursing fun???????? I think if I heard these stories when I was 5 y/o and started to fantasize about being a nurse, I probably would have changed my mind on the spot! These are great stories...Keep on posting everybody!
  7. by   Glad2behere
    The worst thing I have seen and nothing comes close since. Had a burn patient that was septic with pseudomonas and klebsiella,
    post op about 3 days, debrided down to muscle tissue on 90% of body surface. Full body dressing changes q12, pull the dressings loose and hold this guy's leg up in the middle of the shin, and watch the pus pour off like squeezing out a rag. I could actually "comb" his body and scoop up a double handfull of pus lodged in the muscle tissue. The guy was still lightly sedated and not fighting the respirator, and responded to verbal stimuli and commands. He was the closest thing I have ever seen to the full muscular anatomy, looked like an open textbook, except for all the green and yellow.
  8. by   Agnus
    really bad odors are the abosolute worse. Particularly those resulting from hygene issues or really really bad infections.

    I don''t like ostomy care only because it never seems to fail that they ooze just as you cleaned them and are about to reapply the apliance and you have all this stool in your way and have to keep cleaning and it keeps getting in the way of attaching the apliance.
    I can deal with trach care and even mouth and denture care. In fact I have a thing about denture care and mouth care. I will clean them and be especially diligent so as not to let them get foul and disgusting. I especially clean when someone else has let this happen or soaked dirty unbrushed dentures.
    It is kind of like my fetish of cleaning toilets.
    Oh, I can't stand to see someone take their dentures our and lick them. Yetch.
    Last edit by Agnus on Jan 19, '03
  9. by   hollybear
    DISIMPACTIONS,TRACHCARE, GIBLEEDER AND THE BEDPAN. those are the worst to me. but the 500 lbs preg women who has not washed or bathed in a while much less washed down there,is pretty bad also
  10. by   CountrifiedRN
    Originally posted by kids-r-fun
    I don't mind poop, pus, puke, blood, mucus, colostomies, ileostomies, huge gaping gag a maggot wounds, projectile trach boogers, necrotising fascitis or GI bleeders spewing from either end...but please, for the love of all that is pure and good in this world, I beg you PLEASE do not make me do anything that involves eyeballs or eye sockets.
    Yes, eyeballs get to me too. I don't know why, but I hope I never have to deal with an eyeball problem. I heard about a guy that had a stick impale his eyeball, and I thought I would pass out just imagining it.
  11. by   BellaTerra2002
    I just LOVE this website!! :roll I had NO idea what nursing was like until I got here about a month ago! :roll Absolutely none. At least, not in reality. I don't know what I was thinking! It is SO good to be here and listen to you all and let my imagination go with your descriptive words -- and know that I STILL want to be a nurse! (Although I must admit I have to stop and think at times.) But it's a lot better than getting in clinicals or, worse, graduating and getting on a ward and finding out that I really can't stomach what I have to do. [PS: I'm buying stock in the company that makes Vicks (for under the ol' nose)! Now if there were just some kind of rose-colored glasses that makes everything look good....]
  12. by   c.wicks
    Normally, I have a cast iron stomach and nerves of steel until this one patient brought me to my knees. The overwhelming stench of decomposing flesh assaulted my senses as I entered the door. I thought to myself, "I can deal with this, I've done it before", but nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see.

    "You really don't want to hear the rest of this story....do you?"
  13. by   OzNurse69
    Yeah, we really do....