What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 170

: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   Davey Do
    Quote from WKShadowRN
    We had a guy the other day who was missing one of his forearms.
    o-029-0806-
  2. by   Union-Jack
    Quote from Stud Muffin
    I was working night duty in a medical ward when I answered a young fellows' buzzer. He asked for something to spit in to (with a full mouth). I hurriedly returned with a sputum cup, however he didn't realise there was a lid on it and he hoiked the biggest golly onto the lid that you've ever seen. I yelled at him that there is a lid on the cup and he promply sucked up the golly, took the lid off and spat it into the cup.
    I left the room heaving.
    Oh my good God......I've gotten thru every post, and they've all been gross (and the baby one was heartbreaking)...but that actually made me heave.....:***:
  3. by   Union-Jack
    I'm a pre-nursing student, hopefully will be starting my BSN this year!

    However, I've spent 20+ years in the Aesthetics/Massage field, and I've had quite a few experiences that, hopefully, have given me at least a little preparation for confronting stories like those in this thread!

    Some examples for your enjoyment

    1. Was doing a pedicure on an elderly client, I lifted her foot up and her heel fell off. Yup - a huge chunk of her heel dropped right off. Puss, blackened blood and ooze all over me, along with a lump of her foot...and the rotting flesh smell....needless to say, that was considered a contraindication!

    2. Similar situation, only her big toenail peeled clean off to reveal clumps of puss and putrid skin. I politely advised she see a specialist foot doctor.

    3. Obese clients often have huge areas of cottage-cheese like chunks in "tucked away places" such as rolls on the belly or back, under the breast etc. It absolutely stinks. During a massage I was working on a heavy client and doing some deep tissue work and a huge clod of the stuff blobbed out from under a fat roll; I had to complete the massage with the smell wafting up at me and the chunks of white stuff staring me in the face.

    4. I have popped more pimples, blackheads, milia, and whiteheads than I care to mention. Mostly pretty basic spots, but I have had a couple of jumbo blackheads that were so impacted they required tweezers to drag out the sebum plug, and a couple of white-heads that appeared pretty benign but exploded with such force a got splattered in the face.

    5. I've had my share of male clients who seem to think that a professional therapeutic massage = sex. Bed grinders, table humpers, groaning, and one male client who, when I walked in to the room, was lying with his hands behind his head, sheets thrown on the floor, with a huge erection proudly proclaiming, "what do you think of that then?" I replied, "It looks like a penis to me, Sir, only smaller", and walked promptly out of the room...LOL! Luckily I was working at a place that would always support its workers against such treatment from clients!
    Last edit by Union-Jack on Jan 16
  4. by   Union-Jack
    OK - I just had to manually drain my dog's anal glands that had become full and impacted. Yes, it can be done at home (and save yourself the vet fees in the process). I watched some YouTube clips to get an idea.

    All I can say is, if I can handle that stench I think I'll manage most things LOL!!!!
  5. by   Aquar1us
    Quote from calivianya
    Recently, we had a new admit who ended up buying himself a ventilator really quickly because he was not breathing well at all. All during the intubation, and while the physician was dropping a central line, everyone was commenting on how huge and weirdly shaped the patient's nose was. After everyone else left the room, I decided to investigate further and squeezed it. What I found was never-ending whiteheads that smelled like rotting fecal matter, so I deduced pretty quickly that the size of the nose was probably due to a cyst or something right under the surface. No matter how much I squeezed, more pus-like material came out. By the end of the shift, I'd had at least five coworkers in the room squeezing on the patient's nose, because we are all freaks like that on my unit.
    "Each was squirming slightly, and had a number of large, shiny swellings upon it, which appeared to be full of liquid.
    'Bubotubers,' Professor Sprout told them briskly. 'They need squeezing. You will collect the pus... ...Wear your dragon-hide gloves..."
    [...]
    "Squeezing the Bubotubers was disgusting, but oddly satisfying. As each swelling popped, a large amount of thick yellowish green liquid burst forth, which smelled strongly of petrol. They caught it in the bottles as Professor Sprout had indicated, and by the end of the lesson collected several pints..."

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Last edit by Aquar1us on Mar 1
  6. by   tch1920
    This also happened to me, except my mouth was open.
  7. by   nitenite
    A couple weeks ago I had an elderly pt hang their bare butt off the side of the gurney and spray me with diarrhea. They had a nasty case of salmonella. I threw that pair of pants away.

    The next day I gave everybody who attended that pt a pudding cup of chocolate pudding and they yelled at me about it for three days straight.
  8. by   Union-Jack
    Quote from nitenite
    A couple weeks ago I had an elderly pt hang their bare butt off the side of the gurney and spray me with diarrhea. They had a nasty case of salmonella. I threw that pair of pants away.

    The next day I gave everybody who attended that pt a pudding cup of chocolate pudding and they yelled at me about it for three days straight.
    Reminds me of when I was changing my kiddo's diaper (many years ago now!)....held her legs up to wipe and she blasted me, literally from head to toe. I just stood there in shock. My glasses were even covered in yellow sludge!
  9. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from Union-Jack
    Reminds me of when I was changing my kiddo's diaper (many years ago now!)....held her legs up to wipe and she blasted me, literally from head to toe. I just stood there in shock. My glasses were even covered in yellow sludge!
  10. by   nitenite
    Yeah, you gotta watch out for those kiddos. They're short order poop factories!
  11. by   MHDNURSE
    Quote from FranEMTnurse
    I remember my husband was dressed and about to walk out the door and I asked if he could change my DD's diaper before he left. She was about three weeks old and was screaming bloody murder. He changed her with her bum and legs facing him and as he lifted her legs she had a total poop EXPLOSION. I'm talking like 2 cups of newborn mustardy poop all over his white dress shirt, tie, etc. He was so furious. I was dying laughing and and starts yelling at me "It's not funny" which made me laugh even harder. DD is 9 now and loves that story.
  12. by   Chicka_Poo
    Quote from mari31666
    i thought leprosy but knowing nursing homes we figured it could have been that she hadnt been bathed in yrs. yuck
    This erks me quote a bit. Been a Nurse over 10 years and 7 years before that I was a STNA. In my 17+ years in medical, all but 2 of those years was me working at a nursing home (those other 2 years i worked for the ohio State correctional system in an ohio State prison as a pharmacy nurse - a med pass to over 800 inmates a day, for each med pass). Anyway, I have NEVER been so offended by a fellow nurse stating a Resident came from a nursing home so probably didn't have a bath for years! I have seen Residents go up to a week with out a bath, but it was THEIR CHOICE! I have NEVER seen a Resident go longer then that with out getting a psych referral from the Dr because obviously there is an issue going on of someone doesn't want to bath for over a week. I'm not saying there aren't places that provide bad care, but it is not the norm. 99.9% of nursing homes provide amazing care, especially with state surveys, mock surveys, elder abuse laws and more. I personally have admitted Residents from hospitals to my facility and the reporting nurse from the hospital actually stayed "they haven't had a bath since they been here so they are going to need one" and I have had people come to us that have been at the hospital for a month or longer! It is common practice for us nurses getting report to ask when last bowel movement was, when last pain pill was, and at least my common practice is to ask when the last bath/shower was and have been told "I don't know, we didn't give them one". So, that statement can be said about ANY facility, but I would NEVER state "we all know how hospitals are so they probably have had a shower in months/years". So, as a PROUD nursing home nurse, I am offended that a fellow nurse would make that statement because in reality, hospitals do the initial treatment, but us nursing homes are the ones who male them better and keep them alive. So, think before you speak and before you put down your FELLOW nurses. SMDH @that one... 😤☤
  13. by   Chicka_Poo
    Quote from Dayray
    Yeah I was quite shocked myself. Being brand new I thought of old people as sweet and harmless. I guess I can be thankful I was shown the truth early. mabey thats why I work in OB too =}
    Hahaha... I thought the same thing 17 years ago when I became an STNA! I was an STNA for 7 years and been an LPN for 10 years now... But I thought "they're old and sweet, like my grandma, it'll be easy"! Ha! I learned that was wrong my first week! But, I wouldn't trade my career choice for any other job!

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