What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 167

: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   STNAMIKE
    My first week on the job at a LTC facility, I was walking my hall when I noticed the smell of bm. This is not unusual, but it was very strong! I entered a room to find a middle aged resident had taken off his attends, was covered in what looked like a gallon of stool..... AND HE WAS MASTURBATING USING THE STOOL AS LUBRICANT!!!! It took me an hour to get him and everything else cleaned up, but once I was done, I knew I could handle anything!!
  2. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    I love this thread. I cannot wait to be a nurse.
  3. by   NotAllWhoWandeRN
    Quote from Nurse Leigh
    I hear there are YouTube videos that cater to that...

    A little over my personal gross meter.
    Three words: Doctor Pimple Popper.
  4. by   NotAllWhoWandeRN
    Once helped a med-surg patient transfter onto his toilet and he promptly started urinating... forward, all over the floor and my shoes. But that's pretty tame.

    My most impressive BM story is the LOL who was hospitalized after a fall at a nursing home. She said she needed to have a BM, so I assisted her on the commode. And waited... and waited... and got lots of charting done... while the smell built up in the room... Finally she said she was done, but she felt like she had been straining and not gotten much out. When I helped her off the pot I discovered that she had indeed been successful! She felt like it wasn't coming out because it just never ended. This lady was probably 100 lb soaking wet, and she had a formed stool that snaked around and around in the pot. It wouldn't surprise me if it was a 5 lb evacuation. Unfortunately for everyone else on the unit, I had to open the door. For HOURS people were going "What's that smell?"

    Wound care had endless adventures, from the enterocutaneous fistulas (gifts that keep on giving... good luck keeping the skin dry long enough to get a new wound manager on!) to stage IV pressure ulcers. I had no idea I would touch so many living people's exposed bones. Once the wound doc was getting a sacral bone sample to culture, and the piece of bone went flying through the air and hit me in the face. Another time we had a patient with severe dementia and contractures (whose family wanted us to get him strong enough to ride his exercise bike again... there was some seriously delusional thinking in that situation...) and many, many severe pressure wounds. He had an ischium with a large area of eschar with surrounding tissue edematous, red, streaky... it opened during the course of the full wound assessment & care, and was a seemingly endless fountain of bloody brown goop. The wound doc, the other wound care nurse, and I were all dry heaving and taking breaks darting out into the hallway to breathe. Oh, how I loved wound care.
  5. by   FranEMTnurse
    When I was a nurses aide in a nursing home, I cared for a lady with advanced cancer of the left breast. I can still see that honeycombed scene of where the cancer had eaten most of her breast away. Pus, blood and fluid kept oozing from it continuously.
  6. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    I love this thread. I cannot wait to be a nurse.
    THIS thread provoked that response!?
  7. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    Quote from Julius Seizure
    THIS thread provoked that response!?
    It did. I'm a sick, sick individual.
  8. by   T-Bird78
    I work ENT, so every day is pretty much gross. We've had a LTC resident with maggots in their ear--TWICE, but last week we pulled something out of someone's ear. Not sure what it was, but it had its Red Bull--that thing had wings! At least it was dead!
  9. by   poppycat
    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    It did. I'm a sick, sick individual.
    If this is true, you'll fit right in!
  10. by   Pca_85revived
    While being walked through doing a tube feed, a very sweet, reasonably fed up patient said she'd been "on this damn bedpan" for thirty minutes and flung it all over my whiter than white, brand new, clinical uniform. Got to spend the rest of the shift in yellow -my least favorite color -3x scrubs. Bra in full view, pants constantly falling down. All 100 pounds of me. Ironically, Friday the 13th.
  11. by   kaiwahine
    Starting nursing school in August, and have been so worried about having a weak stomach!! Having fun reading through these and it gives me hope that so many of you survived these "horror stories" and still love nursing!
  12. by   NotAllWhoWandeRN
    Quote from kaiwahine
    Starting nursing school in August, and have been so worried about having a weak stomach!! Having fun reading through these and it gives me hope that so many of you survived these "horror stories" and still love nursing!
    You will find that everyone has a weakness, and it is a great deal of fun to compare squicks and gross each other out. Every time someone says they can't handle sputum, I think of the med surg patient who was a chronic trach, admitted for pneumonia. That gurgling productive cough with nothing to muffle the sound... Ahh, memories
  13. by   Fuzzy
    Also keep in mind that the picture is different when you are reading the stories online instead of experiencing them in person.

    Fuzzy

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