What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 129

: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   terras255
    I have a similar story!!!!! We had an "elderly" confused lady disimpact herself and proceded to throw fecal balls at the staff that entered the room. The nurses quickly wised up and started sending the cna's in to block/dodge the balls of fury!!!!
  2. by   wound warrier
    I was working one day on a med/surg unit, assisting with a patient that was not doing well. Could see the confused lady ( that was in the room across the hall) get out of her chair, and poop on the floor. Before any of us could get to her, she stuck her finger in the poop and then proceded to eat the poop. As we entered her room she was saying "My, that chocolate sure does taste bitter!!"
  3. by   rph3664
    Quote from wound warrier
    I was working one day on a med/surg unit, assisting with a patient that was not doing well. Could see the confused lady ( that was in the room across the hall) get out of her chair, and poop on the floor. Before any of us could get to her, she stuck her finger in the poop and then proceded to eat the poop. As we entered her room she was saying "My, that chocolate sure does taste bitter!!"
    I once got an order in the pharmacy where the doctor wrote something like this in the progress notes. When the man died a few days later and I saw his obituary in the newspaper, complete with picture of him in better days, all I could picture was him doing this.

  4. by   meintheUSA
    Quote from teeniebert

    You win at life, CoffeemateCNA.
    You could have pleaded temporary insanity for the arson charge.... LOL
  5. by   CoffeemateCNA
    Quote from meintheUSA
    You could have pleaded temporary insanity for the arson charge.... LOL
    I would never be fortunate enough to get the "temporary" insanity. With my luck, I'd end up in a lockdown unit drinking Haldol cocktails for the next 50 years.
  6. by   QUEEN OF THE BUNNIES
    Just a bump - this thread must continue seeing as I am now addicted
  7. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from coffeematecna
    i would never be fortunate enough to get the "temporary" insanity. with my luck, i'd end up in a lockdown unit drinking haldol cocktails for the next 50 years.
    when i was doing my psych rotation as a student nurse, part ofit was at a va neuro/psych hospital. one day, i was assigned to an older man who had a great many problems. in the middle of my day, i was
    trying to interview him, and suddenly, he just blurted out, out of absolutely nowhere, "i used to have papers to prove that i was sane once. did you ever have them or have you always been crazy?"
  8. by   ThrowEdNurse
    1) 30 YOA male psych pt, sitting in ER bed (waiting on psych placement of course) masturbating naked. Due to rules governing how we manage our PEC pts, his door has to be open and we have an ERT watching him, and probably several others at the time. I walk past the room, on my way to check on another pt and see what he is doing. He is in full site of everyone, visitors, etc, so I keep walking and alert the 5 foot, 100 lb tech who is monitoring him in the hall. As usual, we are overly busy and understaffed. This probably contributed to me bunting the issue off on her, but anyway... She stands up, goes to his doorway and attempts to verbally redirect him. He then loses all control, chases her across the ER while she screams blue bloody murder and he finally tackles her in front of the nurses' station....naked....with an erection. It was horrible. I felt so badly. Went home in tears that day. You just can't get paid enough to deal with something like that.
    2) 50 YOA female with hx of recent acute renal failure and ETOH and drug abuse found disoriented. She was obviously septic. The EMS report comes in, "there are ants." She has a fresh PICC line to R chest wall and literally, there are ants everywhere. She was covered head to toe. And the nephrologist came in and we removed the gauze dressing from the PICC line, ants went everywhere. Even later when she went ICU, there were still ants on the ER stretcher. They came out of her. It was soooo disgusting.
    3) Pt born with some disease I can't remember name of. Disease is side effect of her mother taking an old anti nausea med while pregnant. She essentially is missing most of her bones. She is a big soft, lump with a head. She has been living in an apartment alone with an uneducated care giver coming occasionally. At some point in time, they both decided it would be a good idea for her to live on "a board." The board was a thin piece of fiberboard. The pt stayed 24/7 in a wheel chair with a piece of fiberboard placed under her buttocks, extending out where her legs sort of were. Most of her skin was black and rotten. It was the worse smell ever. The care giver would slide a bed pan under her genitalia and if it went in, great! If not, oh well, they had a spatula. Yeah, a spatula. They kept a spatula under her right thigh, with a corresponding long, thin, black decubitus. She would scrape the fecal matter down the length of "the board" and return it to her thigh. The board and her legs were black. WORSE SMELL EVER! We couldn't get IV access, we couldn't get a central line. She was so deformed from her birth defect, we couldn't get a BP. Her anatomy was so deformed, it was impossible to get a BP. We tried, for a long time, but it was impossible. Her bones were soft. She was altered from sepsis but would still scream in pain when moved because her bones would break. It was soooo horrible.
    4) Road worker fell from machinery, face first into fresh, hot tar. 3rd degree burns to face including mouth and R eye. His face stuck to the road and he couldn't get up so his coworkers lifted him, leaving part of his face in the road and a lot of tar on his face and in his R eye.
    5) Paraplegic fell asleep smoking in bed. 3rd degree burns over most of his body. His suprapubic was burned into his body and leaking. For some reason, of all the burns I've seen, there was something about a paraplegic with a burned up foley bag that has become ingrained in my head....
  9. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    Quote from ThrowEdNurse
    Disease is side effect of her mother taking an old anti nausea med while pregnant. She essentially is missing most of her bones. She is a big soft, lump with a head.
    Sounds like a birth defect related to Thalidomide.
  10. by   rph3664
    Quote from CamaroNurse
    Sounds like a birth defect related to Thalidomide.
    I was thinking the same thing. Was this person normal mentally? I've heard of it causing limb reductions, but not no bones at all.
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from ThrowEdNurse
    1) 30 YOA male psych pt, sitting in ER bed (waiting on psych placement of course) masturbating naked. Due to rules governing how we manage our PEC pts, his door has to be open and we have an ERT watching him, and probably several others at the time. I walk past the room, on my way to check on another pt and see what he is doing. He is in full site of everyone, visitors, etc, so I keep walking and alert the 5 foot, 100 lb tech who is monitoring him in the hall. As usual, we are overly busy and understaffed. This probably contributed to me bunting the issue off on her, but anyway... She stands up, goes to his doorway and attempts to verbally redirect him. He then loses all control, chases her across the ER while she screams blue bloody murder and he finally tackles her in front of the nurses' station....naked....with an erection. It was horrible. I felt so badly. Went home in tears that day. You just can't get paid enough to deal with something like that.
    2) 50 YOA female with hx of recent acute renal failure and ETOH and drug abuse found disoriented. She was obviously septic. The EMS report comes in, "there are ants." She has a fresh PICC line to R chest wall and literally, there are ants everywhere. She was covered head to toe. And the nephrologist came in and we removed the gauze dressing from the PICC line, ants went everywhere. Even later when she went ICU, there were still ants on the ER stretcher. They came out of her. It was soooo disgusting.
    3) Pt born with some disease I can't remember name of. Disease is side effect of her mother taking an old anti nausea med while pregnant. She essentially is missing most of her bones. She is a big soft, lump with a head. She has been living in an apartment alone with an uneducated care giver coming occasionally. At some point in time, they both decided it would be a good idea for her to live on "a board." The board was a thin piece of fiberboard. The pt stayed 24/7 in a wheel chair with a piece of fiberboard placed under her buttocks, extending out where her legs sort of were. Most of her skin was black and rotten. It was the worse smell ever. The care giver would slide a bed pan under her genitalia and if it went in, great! If not, oh well, they had a spatula. Yeah, a spatula. They kept a spatula under her right thigh, with a corresponding long, thin, black decubitus. She would scrape the fecal matter down the length of "the board" and return it to her thigh. The board and her legs were black. WORSE SMELL EVER! We couldn't get IV access, we couldn't get a central line. She was so deformed from her birth defect, we couldn't get a BP. Her anatomy was so deformed, it was impossible to get a BP. We tried, for a long time, but it was impossible. Her bones were soft. She was altered from sepsis but would still scream in pain when moved because her bones would break. It was soooo horrible.
    4) Road worker fell from machinery, face first into fresh, hot tar. 3rd degree burns to face including mouth and R eye. His face stuck to the road and he couldn't get up so his coworkers lifted him, leaving part of his face in the road and a lot of tar on his face and in his R eye.
    5) Paraplegic fell asleep smoking in bed. 3rd degree burns over most of his body. His suprapubic was burned into his body and leaking. For some reason, of all the burns I've seen, there was something about a paraplegic with a burned up foley bag that has become ingrained in my head....
    Your post tickled my funny bone. # 1 Naked man with an erection tackles staff person
    # 3 caregiver uses spatula to clean feces from patient's butt # 5 paraplegic burns foley bag up.

    I know I have a sick sense of humor like many other nurses. Sorry, I just couldn't help it.
  12. by   nurseinthemaking2010
    I do not have any horror stories to share just yet... But next week I start clinicals at a local NH/rehab. And I must say I am using this more for education then humor. I like to know what I am getting into. Well now I know. But I must say my favorite so far that I have read is this thread so far (I am only on page 14) was the little old lady that pulled out the screamers cath and says now he has something to scream about. And I cannot say I blame her. Lol keep them coming they are a great education for us new nurses, LPN, CNAs.
  13. by   GHGoonette
    This isn't so much of a horror story but I still laugh about it after nearly 30 years-and the joke was well and truly on me!

    In my student days I nursed a very sweet old gentleman who had been tentatively diagnosed with Krohn's disease. He certainly had a chronic diarrhea but the diagnosis was not confirmed. Anyway, he hated using the bedpan, although he was pretty debilitated and could not walk to the toilet, so we used to put him on a commode and position it over the toilet bowl, and it worked perfectly!

    One morning just before the end of my night shift, he asked me to take him to the loo, so I obligingly helped him onto the commode and pushed him to the toilet. When he called to me that he was finished I went in to help clean him and push him back to his bed.....


    I had forgotten to lift up the toilet seat cover.....

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