As a Nurse, what gives you the willies? - page 3

Hi all, I'm a pre-nursing student, but I just thought this would be sorta fun to talk about. So all the current nurses, nursing students and soon-to-be-nurses, what's the one thing you just can't... Read More

  1. by   82airborne
    Have seen maggots in several wounds you just have to flush them out
  2. by   shawna_alexis
    My thing is IV's. I hate them!! I'm afraid I won't be able to administer an IV to a patient without getting sick. I've had bad experiences with IV"s and don't want to do the same thing that nurse did to me to a patient it really hurt!!!
  3. by   mixyRN
    Quote from bflogrl
    I'm starting school in January but have been volunteering in a hospice for about 4 years. The only thing so far that really makes me gag is suctioning -- I am just about gagging trying to write this response, seeing the nurse stick that catheter down someone's throat and all that gunk comes up and deposits itself in the jar on the wall.......

    OMGosh I nearly barfed reading this!! UGGGGGHHHH
    Thanks for the warning!!
  4. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from mystiqx
    ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!! Maggots, you have GOT to be KIDDING!! Tell me you are kidding!! You are joking right? you did not see MAGGOTS in wounds. I'd just about die, if I saw that!!! What did you do????? I think Maggots just trumped everybody's willies. GROSS!!!!
    The "wheeling the dead body to the morgue" idea starts to look better and better.....
  5. by   mixyRN
    Quote from EmerNurse
    Maggots don't bother me - whether they're medical maggots or those that've just "found a place to live" in someone's wound, they actually are good about eating up dead tissue, allowing healthy tissue to grown - so they have their uses.
    Yep, I saw this for the first time on Discovery Health channel where they were using tweezers to take maggots out of a clear jar and place them into a wound. The maggots eat the necrotic tissue only, leaving the healthy tissue alone. The first time I saw this I almost GAGGED and totally lost it!! I was so grossed out, but now it's no big deal and I actually think I could be the one placing those little buggers in the wound with the tweezers myself! Amazing!
  6. by   82airborne
    Shawna... I take it you don't have much experience starting IV's. If I'm wrong please don't think I'm talking down to you. I've learned that when you start an IV don't worry about hurting the pt. it sounds mean but if you do you will go slow and it will be more painful to the pt. that and don't be too hard on yoursef if you miss some days you get every one on the first try other days you couldn't hit a drinking straw with a 24g
  7. by   scribblerpnp
    I LOVE suctioning a juicy trach. LOVE IT!

    My willies are feet, especially old people with diabetic feet. I hate touching them or looking at them. If I HAVE to touch them I always wear gloves. ALWAYS. Actually, not just old people feet, any feet once the person has hit puberty creep me out, and it is for those that I wear gloves. Babies feet I will touch and play with, but toddlers to pre-puberty, I'll touch with my bare hands, but I don't like it. I don't even like it when hubby's feet touch my feet in bed. I think it truely qualifies as a phobia and I've been like that since I was small.

    It is one of the top 5 reasons I went into pediatrics.
  8. by   augigi
    Please don't use the words "juicy" and "trach" in the same sentence....
  9. by   iHeartNICU
    I have one year left of NS and so far the only thing I absolutely HATE is huge sacral pressure ulcers. YICK. They just look terribly painful and nasty. Give me blood, IVs, urine, etc, etc, but please no pressure ulcers.
  10. by   maryloufu
    Some of the nurses on my floor were talking about the extreme cases that have come in- and maggots were in the discussion. They said they had a patient who had so many maggots in a wound that it FILLED A SUCTION CONTAINER and did not get them all. The sad part was that the patient was 'with it' and knew what was going on. The limb was amputated the next day. They said that same patient came in again with maggots in a wound but they were not on his floor.
    I think you get used to the day to day things that would gross the non nursing public out- packing a wound, blood, specimens, etc- but thankfully maggots are not a common occurance.
  11. by   lyallch
    Chunky sputum! Makes me wanna puke!

    Hairy excised skin lesions...that is another. Seems to have a life of its own, looking at it, reminds me of Silence of the lambs movie - human skin on its own, yuck!
  12. by   txspadequeenRN
    ok i can handle a messy trach but what gets me ducking is....i have worked several years in hospice and have had a couple patients with cancer of the neck. at least one side of the neck had rotted away ,all the skin was black and the smell of dead skin was just overwhelming... it is hard to put on a happy face and pretend like nothing is wrong while doing dressing changes in these conditions......
  13. by   Cococure
    Quote from stpauligirl
    what's c-diff....i am not a nursing student yet
    at least someone was with you on the trip to the morgue...i would freak if i had to go alone
    clostridium difficile, or c. difficile (a gram-positive anaerobic bacterium), is now recognized as the major causative agent of colitis (inflammation of the colon) and diarrhea that may occur following antibiotic intake. c. difficile infection represents one of the most common hospital (nosocomial) infections around the world. in the united states alone, it causes approximately three million cases of diarrhea and colitis per year. this bacterium is primarily acquired in hospitals and chronic care facilities following antibiotic therapy covering a wide variety of bacteria (broad-spectrum) and is the most frequent cause of outbreaks of diarrhea in hospitalized patients. one of the main characteristics of c. difficile-associated colitis is severe inflammation in the colonic tissue (mucosa) associated with destruction of cells of the colon (colonocytes).

    [font=book antiqua]i use to work on a floor that had lots of c-diff and mrsa. i can tell you for sure there is a lot of bm and it has a horrible smell.. i could tell as soo i got off the elevator. but i have a real hard time dealing with sputum!!