Friday, October 15, 2010

Hasta la vista, toenail!

For five long years, there has been nothing that brings the quease to newFNP's stomach more than the very thought of removing a patient's ingrown toenail. NewFNP has used evasive maneuvers to avoid having to learn the procedure thus far, but now that she's signed on for another two years in the trenches (two months down --holla!!), she figured that she might as well jump in completely.


So she took off a toenail today and it was just as gross a procedure as she had expected. It is very tactile in that the remover can feel the nail tearing from the bed via the kelly clamp. And that tactile sensation did nothing to quell the quease. To top it off, newFNP can only imagine how awful it must be to have the procedure done and that made her feel even worse.

But she didn't pass out or barf on the patient's foot, so newFNP is content to call the procedure a success.

6 comments:

Nurse Teeny said...

Toes (and their various infections/other yuckies) are my worst nightmare. I have a foot anti-fetish, apparently. :-)

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

NewFNP, I am so proud of you for getting successfully through that ring of fire. Wow. No barfing is really good~~

NP Odyssey said...

Did it have an indescribable odor, that is what I imagine.

I think the first few times I attempted to do this I would scare the patient. I would be gowned up like going into an isolation room with airborne precautions. Although that tactile feeling of the nail releasing from the skin would be an interesting sensation for me and the patient.

LittleNurseLady said...

I will remember this in the interview process and not take any jobs where this might be a possibility.

Ray said...

Even after years of practice you will still be learning. Keep up the good work.

AmyM said...

Amen- serious yuck. I've only been coerced into doing this procedure once.