Worst nursing proceedure ever.... - page 9

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   tazzyjo
    So far my worst experience was an ostomy. It was my first practical in a hospital and I was assigned a patient with an ostomy, an RN showed me how to change and clean the ostomy. The next day it was my turn I had no problem. One week later the poor old fellow was still there and one of my fellow students was assigned to him. Our instructor decided I did such a great job the previous week I could teach her how to change the bag. I explained to her what was required, when I went back to supervise her he was in a wheelchair and before I had a chance to stop her she pulled off the bag and there was a mess and smell everywhere. She was gagging, another student was gagging and I was holding my breath...yuk! :imbar what a mess to clean up. If I never have to do one again, I'd be happy
  2. by   Chiaramonte
    Slimy, chunky, green and yellow colored sputum is the worse so I agree with anything that even resembles trach care! God Bless the respiratory therapists!
    But the really grossest thing I've seen is a poor river bank resident who came to the ER with a maggot infested gangrenous leg. The other nurse and myself took turns at the trying to cleanse his wounds. To this day rice is the hardest thing to face!
  3. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    There are many of my least-favourite activities already listed in the preceding posts, so I won't spell 'em out. But I will describe the one thing I've done as a nurse that will live with me forever. A couple of years ago we admitted a truck-vs-pedestrian pt to our PICU. The kid had so many internal injuries that we squeezed blood products and IV fluid into him at the fastest possible pace, only to do it all over again a few minutes later. He was bleeding and oozing from everywhere. When his arterial gases began coming out pink, we knew we weren't gonna win. The poor lad died. We pulled a curtain around his body and left him to settle. Several hours later, when all the visitors had finally left, we began the process of cleaning and wrapping the body. When we turned him on his side, fluid poured out of his nose and mouth. He was so puffy that tying his hands was all but impossible. But the thing that I'll never forget was the smell. He smelled like raw chicken that had been left in the sun for three days. We had to burn the mattress. I'll remember him for the rest of my days.
  4. by   NicuGal
    Our all time least fav is when we have a kid with a stoma and mucus fistula and is dumping big time, we refeed the poop from the bag into the mucus fistula so that there is more nutrient absorption (insert puking smilie here) I just gag when I have to do that!
  5. by   unikuelady
    The worst case I had was in OB. A full term baby had died in utero and stayed there for several days before delivery. My job as an OB nurse required me to clean and dress the baby to present to the parents for bonding and picture taking. This baby was so macerated and decaying that the skin/tissue came off when you touched it. The smell is horrendous. The family wanted the baby dressed in a white christing gown. I ended up "creating" new skin by wrapping the entire baby (except for the face) in saran wrap. This worked pretty well, but it didn't take all of the odor away. Lots of baby powder sprinkled on the blankets helped.
  6. by   RNanne
    Yours is the worse one so far. Oh dear, that is so gross. I can't believe you could even have done it. However did you come up with the idea of Saran wrap. Absolutely gross.
  7. by   Raquel1243
    When other people complain about their jobs... I always say "On your worst day at work, you have never ever had to wipe an old man's bottom!"

  8. by   rnparrot
    this has been the best topic by far!! why is it that us nurses live for gross!? I've seen the maggots and it is disgusting, but my thing is that i can't empty the bedpans and commode buckets filled with poo! emptying spit basins from mouth care is up there too. you mentioned vicks...tiger balm works good too.
    a funny story from nursing school....a girl in my class who was not well liked...had pt care for a multiple amputee...arms and legs...very sad...the student absolutely feared amputees for some reason...the instructor knew this and gave the pt to her....when she walked in and pulled the sheet down to do her assessment, she turned all kinds of colors and ran out of the room calling her pt the "head in a bed". Honestly i don't think she ever passed her boards, which is a good thing...none of us nurses would have liked working with her.
  9. by   Darlene K.
    My first day working in the Pedi ED - I go in to assist with the reduction of a fracture.....the doctor ask me to hold her shoulder and all of the sudden, he snapped her bone back into place! I felt my dinner rise to the back of my throat and slowing go back down! Mouth care is way up on my list too!
  10. by   ShandyLynnRN
    "...ran out of the room calling her pt the "head in a bed". ..."

    Oh dear.... It's probably just the fact that I am very tired, and I know it is NOT PC, but I laughed out loud at that!
  11. by   ShelleyERgirl
    Don't feel bad Shandy, a non-PC snicker escaped from me too at reading, "head in a bed". We are awful, awful people!

  12. by   RNanne
    Yep, I laughed out loud too. Couldn't help myself.:roll :roll :roll
  13. by   BellaTerra2002
    People, EVERY wanna-be nurse should HAVE to read this thread before applying to nursing school! Might REALLY cut down the waiting lists! :roll I want to throw up just reading this stuff!