What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 110

:D Here is my most gross, yucky, disgusting nursing story! I was working a night shift on a tele floor as a new Nurse. We had this one poor old lady who was confused and was restrained as... Read More

  1. by   luvbug
    I know I already posted on this at least once, but I had another one a few days ago. I had a pt in for a minor procedure on her toe and all was going well, or so I thought. I don't know why I happened to look up at the pt's face, but there she was, dry-heaving. I hurried to get an emesis basin and got it there in time BUT she had been covering her mouth when the dry-heaving started and her hand was still there when I came with the pan. I'm sure you can guess what happened. Yep, vomit sprayed EVERYWHERE. Down the pt, on the floor, on the walls. And it was the WORST smelling vomit my nose has ever had the pleasure of inhaling. I don't usually get grossed out by vomit, but I started to gag and left the room in the most calm manner possible. Had to get someone else to clean it up but could still smell it all day! EW!
  2. by   Cherybaby
    Quote from JessicRN
    I used to be a prison nurse and three incidents come to mind the first was one of the inmates who whenever he came to the infirmary he would constantly masturbate. Well one day a nurse yelled at him and told him what he was doing was disgusting the next day I was called to his cell to find him sitting on the floor in a pile of blood he had what was left of his penis in his hands and he was hacking away at it with a schick blade he had remoded from the handle. He managed to lop off about 80% of it when I stopped him all the while he was yelling "your disgusting you need to come off "When I left he was peeing through a catheter. .
    The other story was about an officer who comitted suicide while at work by shooting himself in the chest with a shot gun. He locked himself up in the control room and the only way to get to him was when the lieutenant an ex special forces sargent climbed the tower wall then unlocked the door to the control room. When I arrived here was the officer trying to do CPR on this young kid. I knew it wwas hopeless as he had a quarter sized hole in his chest and a big gaping hole in his back. He screamed at me to do something so I put my hands underneath and just put them in the hole in his back a pretended to knead his heart for cardiac massage for a bit. I tell you there is nothing grosser then putting your bare hands in a body there was also nothing to knead even if I could as he blew out his heart. . The officer did not make it but for some reason it gave the Lieutenant piece of mind that we did everything we could.
    The last story is about a young social work intern who spent 6 weeks with a very mentally disturbed inmate. (this inmate was given life without parole for the 2nd time because he killed his cell mate and tried to hide him by cutting him up and trying to flush him down the toilet. he almost got away with it until he got caught trying to get rid of the head). She made a mistake and told the inmate that tomorrow would be her last day with him. I was in SHU (special housing unit : it was where we housed the worst of the worst patients). When I over heard one of the officers say he had not seen the intern in awhile. I immediately ran to the inmates cell to find him and the intern on the ground he had her head in his hands and he was trying to cut off her head. He got through all of one and half of the other carotids, blood was just spurting everywhere it was so sureal. I screamed and the swarm of officers arrived subdued the inmate and got her away from him . I immediately applied pressure to her neck and truthfully we would have lost her if it were not for one of the officers. He was a vietnam vet medical aide and he literally held her carotids together until we got to the hospital. (the inmate when he heard the intern was leaving wanted to keep her with him forever so if he could not have her alive he would have her dead). Thanks to this officer,she is alive and well and still working at the prison as a social worker. I lasted 6 years at that prison.


    WOW! If it weren't for HIPAA, I would suggest you write a book! That's CRAZY!
  3. by   kemper1974
    I had been an RN for 5 years in charge of an Ortho/Neuro unit. One night the supervisor begged me to come in extra and be in charge on the medical unit, whcih I had done before. This particular night I got report from the day nurse. There was one patient that had been admitted during the day with terminal stomach cancer, she was a DNR, and "stable" Of course an hour after I got there, the woman up and dies. I was called to the room by the LPN, and was horrified to see this lady weighed over 600lbs and was in a special bed. Her family was hysterical, we called in their minister and they waited till some family members arrived to have a prayer service. I was finally able to speak with her son and get funeral home information, so I called the funeral home and as tactfully as I could suggested they bring a very big stretcher and some extra manpower; they would have to come up to the unit to retrieve the body as it would not fit on one of our gurneys to go to the morgue. The nursing supervisor and I decided to tell the funeral home to come up the back elevator after visiting hours so we would not upset other families and visitors. They arrived at 9 pm, bringing the strongest stretcher they had, and a body bag. Things went downhill from there. It took about 10 people to transfer the body to the stretcher and into the body bag...literally the funeral guys were stuffing this poor woman into the bag. They finally get on to the service elevator, and as they get the stretcher all the way in, the elevator dropped down four inches from the landing. Once they got downstairs they then had the problem of trying to get the stretcher up the four inches so they could get out. Suffice it to say that a tow truck was involved. I felt so bad for this poor woman, but looking back 25 years it was just a comedy of errors. The bad part was that the family sent me a card after the funeral, thanking me for treating their family so well despite their loved one's "Handicap" If only they knew.....
  4. by   luvbug
    JessicRN, I have no idea how you coped with that! I was not able to read all the posts before I posted mine. But if I would have read yours, I might not have even bothered to post! Hope things are better for you where you are now !!
  5. by   Hygiene Queen
    We've been having out-of-control poop on our unit.
    One pt pooped all over the floor. I mean ALL OVER. The pt was also coated... I mean COATED with it.
    Me and a coworker scrub up the pt, scrubbed up the floor. I mean, it was one of those poops where you just don't know where to start!! A sea o' poo...
    This was not an easy task, considering the pt was combative and the stench was crazy!
    We were patting ourselves on the back for getting that job done and went to close the door behind us.
    When we shut it, we streaked a large swath of poop across the floor and outside the pt's room.
    Apparently there was a rather large pasty turd stuck under the door itself that we didn't see while the door was open.
    It was so stupid, after all that hard work we just did that we just looked at each other and burst out laughing, doubled over until we cried.
    Nobody truly understood what the heck we thought was so darn funny about poo. And the non-clinical staff were wretching, which made us laugh harder.
    Gawd, I'm sick!
  6. by   Shenanigans
    I've been a nurse for less then a year. On my first post grad rotation I met a guy who suffered the most horrific death I have EVER seen.

    Long story short, he was a chronic smoker and even after a trachy he would still smoke! He was non-compliant with meds and was DNA to a lot of his treatments. So it didn't surprise anyone when the tumour returned. It got so big that he ended up with a hole in his neck the size of good sized man's fist. Again, he cont to be noncomplaint and DNA.

    Anyway, he ended up on our ward basically too die (it was bad situation because A&E sent him to us instead of getting hospice involved). His tumour had infiltrated his carotid and jugular and so he bled and bled and basically ended up bleeding to death out of his mouth, nose, and throat hole, not only that the tissues affected by the tumour were rotting and dead, and so he smelt like a corspe and he would just puke so much blood.

    It was horrific to watch, horrific to smell and even the senior nurse had to take leave from his care cos she couldn't handle the whole thing. I've got a pretty stern stomach but even this had me breathing through my mouth - even though I could taste it!!

    But it did prove our Reg and House Suregons were wonderful doctors as they came up and stayed with him as he got sicker and sicker. The man ended up passing on the night shift (I worked the PM).

    Then I saw infected gout. Like gout that was so bad the doctors got all excited because it was "so text book", it had all the little crystals and it stunk. I was told by a senior nurse "go do his dressings" and I was like "AWESOME! I get to see infected gout". Of course, I didn't know what infected gout looked or SMELT like.

    I had to tell the pt half way through thedressing I bought the wrong kind of guaze and I went out into the corridor and asked my senior nurse if I could take an anti-emetic cos I wanted to hurl! So I went back and continued the dressing and then the pt says to me "hey, watch this" and he pushes one of his gouty nodules on the table and it literally exploded with cyrstals and pus and God only knows what else, and it squirted along the bench, hit the curtain and basically stunk out the whole six bed room. Then a pt in the window bed said "Man, who farted!" then I heard him vomit!

    The smell was just THAT bad.

    Another time I saw a friend carrying what I thought was crunchy peanut butter, which I thought was weird to carry that in a jug. It wasn't. It was infected bile.
  7. by   talaxandra
    Gross, yucky, disgusting, horrifying - I think we have a contender!
  8. by   Shenanigans
    My flat mate just reminded me of something I saw that was just as foul. Pt with diabetes, non-compliant with meds, DNA, usual sort of thing, he ended up with necrotising facitisis (sp) on his penis of all places. The infection was so bad it had eaten a good deal of his man hood and had spread backwards and upwards into his backside.

    I over heard the plastic surgeon talking about amputation and reconstruction - using the skin from his elbows.
  9. by   nkara
    eewww!!!! Ok I thought I've seen it all but I guess not now.

    My grossest was probably the 98 yo with projectile vomit of blood. He made it fromt he bed to the window!
  10. by   vivacious1healer
    Actually disgusting and funny story here.....
    We had this poor 50 year old lady that had been at our hospital numerous times for tumor resections, and unfortunately, this tumor did a number on her personality, and she was VERY unpleasant person...swearing, yelling and complaining about her care ALL the time; nothing was good enough for her.

    Well, one day the CNA went in to answer her call light to find that the patient had taken a plate from her own tray, took a massive poop on it, and then put it back on the tray and proceeded to stick a fork in the poo!
    We dubbed it the poo-poo platter special!
  11. by   PhoenixTech
    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    We've been having out-of-control poop on our unit.
    One pt pooped all over the floor. I mean ALL OVER. The pt was also coated... I mean COATED with it.
    Me and a coworker scrub up the pt, scrubbed up the floor. I mean, it was one of those poops where you just don't know where to start!! A sea o' poo...
    This was not an easy task, considering the pt was combative and the stench was crazy!
    We were patting ourselves on the back for getting that job done and went to close the door behind us.
    When we shut it, we streaked a large swath of poop across the floor and outside the pt's room.
    Apparently there was a rather large pasty turd stuck under the door itself that we didn't see while the door was open.
    It was so stupid, after all that hard work we just did that we just looked at each other and burst out laughing, doubled over until we cried.
    Nobody truly understood what the heck we thought was so darn funny about poo. And the non-clinical staff were wretching, which made us laugh harder.
    Gawd, I'm sick!
    Quote from Shenanigans
    I've been a nurse for less then a year. On my first post grad rotation I met a guy who suffered the most horrific death I have EVER seen.

    Long story short, he was a chronic smoker and even after a trachy he would still smoke! He was non-compliant with meds and was DNA to a lot of his treatments. So it didn't surprise anyone when the tumour returned. It got so big that he ended up with a hole in his neck the size of good sized man's fist. Again, he cont to be noncomplaint and DNA.

    Anyway, he ended up on our ward basically too die (it was bad situation because A&E sent him to us instead of getting hospice involved). His tumour had infiltrated his carotid and jugular and so he bled and bled and basically ended up bleeding to death out of his mouth, nose, and throat hole, not only that the tissues affected by the tumour were rotting and dead, and so he smelt like a corspe and he would just puke so much blood.

    It was horrific to watch, horrific to smell and even the senior nurse had to take leave from his care cos she couldn't handle the whole thing. I've got a pretty stern stomach but even this had me breathing through my mouth - even though I could taste it!!

    But it did prove our Reg and House Suregons were wonderful doctors as they came up and stayed with him as he got sicker and sicker. The man ended up passing on the night shift (I worked the PM).

    Then I saw infected gout. Like gout that was so bad the doctors got all excited because it was "so text book", it had all the little crystals and it stunk. I was told by a senior nurse "go do his dressings" and I was like "AWESOME! I get to see infected gout". Of course, I didn't know what infected gout looked or SMELT like.

    I had to tell the pt half way through thedressing I bought the wrong kind of guaze and I went out into the corridor and asked my senior nurse if I could take an anti-emetic cos I wanted to hurl! So I went back and continued the dressing and then the pt says to me "hey, watch this" and he pushes one of his gouty nodules on the table and it literally exploded with cyrstals and pus and God only knows what else, and it squirted along the bench, hit the curtain and basically stunk out the whole six bed room. Then a pt in the window bed said "Man, who farted!" then I heard him vomit!

    The smell was just THAT bad.

    Another time I saw a friend carrying what I thought was crunchy peanut butter, which I thought was weird to carry that in a jug. It wasn't. It was infected bile.
    OMG!! ROTFL!!! :roll :clphnds:
    HOW DID YOU POST THIS WITHOUT PASSING OUT FROM LAUGHTER!

    THANKS
  12. by   tishirajan
    This is really gross and so horrible I quit and called in state... Mines not funny, but very gross none the less.

    I had only worked at this particular nursing home for about 6 weeks. I had to have knee surgery, nothing big. I only had to be off work for a week.

    When I returned to work that morning I made my rounds. The aide from the shift before took off before giving me report. I was PO'd. Anyway, I get to the end of the hall and there was this little old man in the room there. He was always so sweet and I really took a shine to him. When I opened the door I noticed there were a ton of flies in there. He's sitting in bed crying. I go to him and the stench nearly knocked me out. His sheets were brown stained and he was wet. I thought, "Oh great, no wonder she took off. She didn't want to change him. I lift up the sheet and his gown and this poor man had maggots all between his legs and all over his bottom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ***!!!!!!?????? Hadn't anyone bothered to change this poor man for the entire week I was gone??!!??

    Evidently not! Not even the freakin' nurses that had been on duty. Going in there day after day, night after night...not notice anything out of the ordinary? Like the zillion flies? The horrible smell? I was so mad. I went right to the DON and told her to come with me. I showed her and she nearly fainted and said she didn't understand how this could happen. I told her I quit and to expect the state to be coming in. She was very unhappy. She got the nurse on duty and she said, "I kept telling the aides to clean him up"....OMG!!

    I did call state and reported what I saw. Eventually, they shut down because a little lady died from fire ant bites. She got bit over a thousand times while in bed. That's just awful. I can't believe the idiocy of those people.

    Anyway, that's my horror story that tops them in all my experiences. I never would have thought people could be so negligent and stupid.:angryfire
    Last edit by tishirajan on Jul 2, '09
  13. by   summerrose_10
    Wow, I am so glad I didn't read any of your posts before/while in nursing school. I definately would have quit.

    My grossest experience was with a end of life cancer pt. He had a trache hole, since he pulled out his cannulas. It was a huge gaping hole, that filled the room with the smell of rotting flesh. Even with several air filters in the room, it made one want to vomit. I would even have mints in my mouth, put my mask on outside the room, and still it was disgusting to have to suction him.

    Still, this experience pales in comparison to many of the other posts. My hat is off to all of you. Thankfully these experiences are the exception.

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