What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 126

: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   JulesR
    Incredible, absolutely incredible. I stumbled onto this site because I was considering studying to become a nurse, so I wanted to see what it was 'really' like, you know instead of the stuff you see on "scrubs" and "grey's anatomy". I have no medical training whatsoever yet I read through 140 pages so far, and plan on finishing, let me say you people blow my mind! I literally am apalled at how dedicated the nursing community is to people care, so shocked by this I had to sign up and say something. First off, although I read through all these stories without gagging or anything (actually quite entertaining), there is no way on earth I would ever want to be a nurse, cleaning people's bodily wastes, treating cancer patients, blood, gore, old people. Oh man, I'm thinking over half of the people that go to nursing school are in for a big surprise when they actually have to earn their fat paycheck lol. Do you naturally get accustomed to grossness or are you born with an iron stomach? I'm a clean freak kind of guy I swear cleaning my roommate's crap off the toilet is enough to make me dry heave. What makes a nurse want to be a nurse? I'm assuming a person with a compassionate heart as opposed to someone just wanting a secure job with guaranteed pay. To the user who posted the story about the grenade blowing the guy's head off and the body still running, I have actually read of this occurance in war related books, people who lose their head and their bodies just kind of flip out and run around for a few seconds. Also about the Christian family who thought their family member would be healed from advanced cancer, I am a devout Christian and I felt bad reading about how this family acted, I believe in praying for the sick, but I also believe God gave us science and medicine to heal sick people, America has the most advanced healthcare system in the world despite what President Obama likes to say. Anyway I think I'm gonna study computers instead, boring yet much more sanitary! Peace to you all and God bless.
  2. by   StudentNurse2011
    I've discovered that even though nurses can deal with some of the grossest stuff you'll ever see, everybody has something that gets to them. I can deal with blood, guts, and every body fluid out there, but if I see my husband pull a hair clog out of the shower drain, I lose it. You really do get used to a lot in this job.

    I've worked in surgery and endoscopy for many years. We can be up to our elbows in blood, guts, butts, stool, or whatever, and trying to figure out what we're having for lunch. If we have a student or new nurse in the room, they turn so green that it's comical. Of course, we'd NEVER make a newbie sick on purpose.
  3. by   POTR
    Quote from julesr
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    i'm a clean freak kind of guy i swear cleaning my roommate's crap off the toilet is enough to make me dry heave.
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    charge your roommate $25/hr, two hour minimum. or, make him clean up.

    Quote from julesr
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    also about the christian family who thought their family member would be healed from advanced cancer, i am a devout christian and i felt bad reading about how this family acted, i believe in praying for the sick, but i also believe god gave us science and medicine to heal sick people
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    amen.

    Quote from julesr
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    america has the most advanced healthcare system in the world despite what president obama likes to say.
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    who?

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    anyway i think i'm gonna study computers instead, boring yet much more sanitary!
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    wanna bet? i have seen some nasty things growing in server farms, and even nastier things called users, with even nastier systems with nasty keyboards and mice. there was this one case i opened ages ago that was full of mold that released a nice room full of spores, i had respiratory problems for months over that one. i also know another guy that lost his face and eyes to mold. boogers, snot and viruses on top all those molds growing in the dirty skin, chips and cheetos all over and inside those keyboards...

    oh.. n/m. dirt and filth are everywhere, just like danger.
    have fun with whatever you decide to do.
  4. by   hlfpnt
    Quote from yazisizzit
    Once I had an HIV pos street druggie to care for of in an ER holding room.

    He was violent and was in four point restraints. He was cursing us, spitting and just plain not very pleasant.

    So I gowned, double gloved and face mask and eye shielded myself all up and went in...

    ...as I entered the room, the good gentlemen hacked up a large boggy and then spit at me in an arc ...

    ...which reached just over my eye visors and landed smack dead centre on my unprotected head!

    One of the most amazing shots I have ever seen!

    Needless to say, it was just a little gross cleaning the good gentleman's wad of phlegm out of my hair!

    Ugh!

    All I can say is...EEEWWWWWW!!!!!
  5. by   hlfpnt
    All these are just too funny! Mine's not quite as humorous, but I gotta throw it in anyway...

    A couple of years ago I had this pleasantly confused little old lady with a colostomy. She didn't have a clue what it was & we had fussed back & forth all day over this ostomy bag. She was determined to pull it off & I was determined she wasn't gonna! Finally, on my last rounds, I walk in & my sweet little angel, with the biggest ear to ear grin I've ever seen, is covered from head to toe in poo & is waving her ostomy bag over her head like it was the American flag....through all her confusion just as plain as day she says, "I won"!
  6. by   Angel,LVNStudent
    Quote from Dayray
    I was a new CNA in the nursing home and feeling very proud of my first step in my chosen career.

    A nice littel old man in a wheel chair waved at one of my co-workers (a pretty littel 18 year-old, fresh out of high school sugar and spice type of girl). He said "honey come over here please" as she bent down to talk to him. He moved the blanket covering his legs and SPLAT! he ejaculated right in her face and mouth. I never saw her again and thus my nursing career beagn...........
    OMG That is soooo nasty! I wonder if she is still in nursing lol
  7. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from hlfpnt
    All these are just too funny! Mine's not quite as humorous, but I gotta throw it in anyway...

    A couple of years ago I had this pleasantly confused little old lady with a colostomy. She didn't have a clue what it was & we had fussed back & forth all day over this ostomy bag. She was determined to pull it off & I was determined she wasn't gonna! Finally, on my last rounds, I walk in & my sweet little angel, with the biggest ear to ear grin I've ever seen, is covered from head to toe in poo & is waving her ostomy bag over her head like it was the American flag....through all her confusion just as plain as day she says, "I won"!
    VICTORY WAS INDEED HERS!!!
  8. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from Angel,LVNStudent
    OMG That is soooo nasty! I wonder if she is still in nursing lol
    When I first read about that nasty old man ejaculating in that poor student nurse's face or mouth or whatever it was I felt like puking, and I still do. I cant that that horrifying message out of my mind.
  9. by   TinkRN8
    One technique I have learned is breathing through my mouth, which has saved me countless times from noxious smells. Although I know some say you can still "taste" the smell, I have not found that to be the case.

    My first semester in nursing school I had a patient who had C-diff. Myself and two other students went in to clean her up as you could smell her from down the hall. There was liquid poo pooled on the chuck pad and all the way up her back. One student had to leave as she was gagging and the other was having issues also. I got to work (mouth breathing) but every time I would wipe more poo would come out. It was like a poo fountain. Copious amounts of liquid poo! It just wouldn't stop! We finally got her cleaned up, but I was amazed at how much poo can come out of one human body...LOL! Poor woman was completely out of it on pain meds, thank goodness.

    A week later, I went in to take the patient a lunch tray and she was much better. She was alert and oriented. When I came in she said, "Oh, I haven't seen you before!" I didn't have the heart to tell her that we had "met" a week earlier....
  10. by   hlfpnt
    Quote from pediRN2b
    One technique I have learned is breathing through my mouth, which has saved me countless times from noxious smells. Although I know some say you can still "taste" the smell, I have not found that to be the case.

    My first semester in nursing school I had a patient who had C-diff. Myself and two other students went in to clean her up as you could smell her from down the hall. There was liquid poo pooled on the chuck pad and all the way up her back. One student had to leave as she was gagging and the other was having issues also. I got to work (mouth breathing) but every time I would wipe more poo would come out. It was like a poo fountain. Copious amounts of liquid poo! It just wouldn't stop! We finally got her cleaned up, but I was amazed at how much poo can come out of one human body...LOL! Poor woman was completely out of it on pain meds, thank goodness.

    A week later, I went in to take the patient a lunch tray and she was much better. She was alert and oriented. When I came in she said, "Oh, I haven't seen you before!" I didn't have the heart to tell her that we had "met" a week earlier....

    You might wanna practice the "mouth breathing" technique carefully, my friend, things do tend to splatter, spray, leak, or otherwise explode...there may come a day when you really will "taste the smell"!
  11. by   sairin8
    Quote from potr
    wanna bet? i have seen some nasty things growing in server farms, and even nastier things called users, with even nastier systems with nasty keyboards and mice. there was this one case i opened ages ago that was full of mold that released a nice room full of spores, i had respiratory problems for months over that one. i also know another guy that lost his face and eyes to mold. boogers, snot and viruses on top all those molds growing in the dirty skin, chips and cheetos all over and inside those keyboards...
    which kind of mice were you talking about there? bcos my ex who works with computers said he's found half-decomposed dead animals (including the kind of mouse that used to go squeak and run around) and rotten lunches inside some of the computers he's had to repair...
  12. by   POTR
    Quote from sairin8
    Which kind of mice were you talking about there? Bcos my ex who works with computers said he's found half-decomposed dead animals (including the kind of mouse that used to go squeak and run around) and rotten lunches inside some of the computers he's had to repair...
    Ugh... the animals. I have found dead birds, mice, rats, raccoons, snakes and bats. I have found live birds, mice, rats, snakes and bats. The ones thrashing around on the floor are usually rabid, if they haven't just miraculously survived chewing into improperly shielded mains extension cords.

    Kind of left that out, since he seemed a bit squeamish, and these types of discoveries lean more toward the area of maintenance and engineering wonks in the trenches rather than programmers and analysts.

    And above... Breath through your mouth loosing all that built in filtering capacity? Not without a mask, and perhaps some wintergreen oil.
  13. by   sairin8
    Quote from POTR
    Ugh... the animals. I have found dead birds, mice, rats, raccoons, snakes and bats. I have found live birds, mice, rats, snakes and bats. The ones thrashing around on the floor are usually rabid, if they haven't just miraculously survived chewing into improperly shielded mains extension cords.
    My ex hasn't found any raccoons, snakes or bats in the computers he's dealt with, probably bcos we don't actually have snakes or raccoons in this country and the only two species of bats are rather rare (don't know anyone who's EVER seen one). Also a lack of rabies in this country tends to rule that one out as well. He's definitely seen the others though

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