Worst nursing proceedure ever.... - page 5

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   baseline
    OMG......I feel those bones creaking in my hands and hear that noise and .................YIKES! I always get thru it, but weelbewobbly
  2. by   TracyB,RN
    For me it is vomit. I cannot, for the life of me, handle it at all.
    What kind of nurse am I?!?!?!? The dumping of a GI Bleed bed pan, is also quite disgusting.
    Give me suctioning, nasty dressing changes, poop, colostomies, over vomit any day.
  3. by   nursbee04
    I'm just a wee lil student, so I haven't had the gross out privileges that some of you have had. I don't mind trachs, I haven't had any up close and personal experiences with ostomies (oh, but I am looking forward...) The only thing that has turned my stomach and caused me to have dry heaves so far is the smell of this little elderly woman's urine. I swear, that smell followed me all day long. The very MEMORY of it makes me sick right now.....:stone ICK!!!!

    Anyhow, I salute you, the Allnurses Queens and Kings of Grossout!!
  4. by   fab4fan
    That sickening smell of a gi bleed...it just gets everywhere.
  5. by   c.wicks
    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.
    Grab those barf-bags and prepare to heave.....

    I braced myself and entered the room, determined to ignore my screaming olfactory neurons. I closed off my nose and was breathing through my mouth, thinking, "this might help," when I began to notice a most unpleasant taste developing in my mouth, like rotting fruit or spoiled chicken.

    It was time to assess my patient. Thinking she was asleep, I leaned over, touched her gently, and called her name. She exploded into a gutt-wrenching cough which expelled pea-sized chunks of liver-colored lobules at lightning speed and one of those loogies landed on my neck. And just for a second.....I froze. Before I could reach up and knock it off, it dropped down somewhere.....between "Thelma and Louise". You catch my drift?

    By then I was breathing hard, the unforgetable stench of decomposing flesh and gangrenous gas produced by Clostridium perfringens. This has to be the foulest smelling organism in the universe, and can also be fatal for the host in as little as 30 hours.

    But now was not the time to back down. I refused to dwell on the location of that foul-fated loogy. This patient was critically ill and needed help yesterday. So now we're back to the assessment.
    Hold on to your barf-buckets, the best is yet to come.

    I could feel something.....a bubbling, crackling movement, just under the skin.....
    And then I heard a rustling sound....something sinister was lurking below.

    Need I say more?
  6. by   NurseHeather
    I am going into my first semester of nursing clinicals and I was feeling really excited about getting to do some hands-on work with patients. Now, all these posts have gotten me questioning my sanity of even going into nursing. Now, I am not one to deal with gross things very well. I have a bad gag reflex, although I have gotten better about that since having 2 kids. I am just wondering how you nurses go on to eat lunch after dealing with one of these nasty situations. I am thinking that I am going to be getting pretty skinny after seeing all these situations. Also, what do you do id a patient gets your uniform all dirty..do you keep a spare with you or what, and also who washes the contaminated uniform? Thanks so much fo answering my questions:kiss
  7. by   char_future_RN
    To c. wicks,
    I'm only a student doing my pre req's, so this may sound like a stupid question, but what was it that was making the rustling noise? ( I have to know or I'll never quit thinking about it!):imbar So, please put me out of my misery~~lol~~
  8. by   TNcanNURSE
    Can't think of what my most disgusting procedure would be.

    Can tell you what the nastiest thing in the world is though....someone who smells like stale urine.

    Never had to perform vaginal exams but the earlier post would probably be super nasty. 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.
  9. by   nilepoc
    I could feel something.....a bubbling, crackling movement, just under the skin.....
    And then I heard a rustling sound....something sinister was lurking below.

    if so, thats pretty bad.
  10. by   TNcanNURSE
    I used to gag a pretty good bit in nsg school and immediately after. Sorry to say you get so used to the funk that it'll eventually all but disappear.

    Oh and another too nasty smell............throat cancer. When it gets bad it absolutely reeks.
  11. by   nilepoc
    Also, what do you do id a patient gets your uniform all dirty..do you keep a spare with you or what, and also who washes the contaminated uniform?
    We had an orientee on our unit, that got a nice big sample of poo (from the patient), land on her pants, and she promptly undid the draw string and dropped here pants in reaction.

    Lets just say the thong song should have been playing. I unfortunately wasn't there, but a good friend was her preceptor. I am also friends with the victem, she went on to work in the unit, and is a very good nurse.

    The one time I got a bunch of blood on my scrub pants I just poored a bunch of peroxide on it and continued to work. We were not allowed to get new scrubs, as we provided our own.

    Anyway, thats enough off topic rambling.
    Last edit by nilepoc on Jan 19, '03
  12. by   Gromit
    Make it Trach Care for me. Just have a tough time stomaching it. Well, and for some odd reason, I cannot stand brushing someones' teeth (total care types).
    Caca, urine, filth, I don't mind this. Wash 'em away, no problem. But mouth and trach? Ugh!
  13. by   Luv cats
    I agree with all that I have read, but also need to add the removal of a pessary that has been in for some time. You can only stomach so much volume of vaginal drainage at once from a 98 year old! eeeewwwwwwooooo....