What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 34

: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   Stitchie
    Quote from goats'r'us
    what's the s/p stand for?

    bloomin heck, i'm meant to be doing a big important assignment, and all i do is read these darned boards! How the heck am i meant to graduate when this is all so much more interesting than my assignment of the ethical considerations of a scenario i witnessed in clinical placemet??
    s/p -- status post
  2. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from lucky928
    Speaking of gangrene, I had been a housewife for 11 years, straight from highschool.We moved to Texas I was so bored. I decided to volunteer at the hospital and was the youngest Pink lady ever.They saw my energy and surgery hired me right away. I was the anesthesia clerk who made sure the proper testing was done and the pt.was clear for surgery. I was excited that they also wanted to pay me to learn to do the EKG's. My very 1st pt' to do an EKG on by myself was a 100 year old deaf/mute women. She was going to have both feet amputated and I took her wheelchair and all into the smallest room.Well I did not understand the 1st thing about gangrene but she had a pillow case around both her lower legs and it was seeping and stunk so freaking bad I gagged. She had no idea what I was doing to her,none someone was just lifting up her shirt and she was fighting me.They smell was all it took and I left the room,went and got the nurse and told her she could do it herself.The wound left the smell and icky on the wheelchair feet rest. I did volunteer to clean it up..But,I went to my boss because here I was thinking all EKG's were going to be like that...I was not going to be the one to do them. I have never ever forgot that smell..It is the one smell that has stuck with me all these years.
    Honey, that's called decomposing.
  3. by   jemommyRN
    What is MRSA?
  4. by   MelissaRN
    Quote from jemommy
    What is MRSA?

    MRSA? Methacillin resistant staph aureous. Nasty stuff.
  5. by   susi_q
    Quote from jemommy
    What is MRSA?
    Methacillin Resistant Staph Aureus (sorry, don't know if the spelling is correct)

    One of the biggy-baddy infections we pass around the hospital.
  6. by   jemommyRN
    Thank you guys.
  7. by   Farkinott
    I looked after a chap not so long ago who had a manky foot. It smelt "off" and when touched "bubbles" appeared..........................my first and last look at gas gangrene I hope. He had the foot taken off by the way.
  8. by   jannecdote
    [QUOTE=TDub]I had a renal patient who used to sit right across from the nurse's station where we were charting. She'd wait until we'd look up and then pick the blue pseudomonas scabs off her trach and eat them. I would actually gag, a rare occurance for me.



    This wasn't me, but happened to a good friend, an RT. He was in the burn unit and was suctioning some poor soul from a third world country. He had removed the red robinson and was very puzzled. It was at least 10 inches longer than when it had gone in. My friend is holding it in the air and trying to figure out what was going on when the end of the rr turns around and LOOKS at him. It was a huge red ascaris worm in the patient's lungs, the same shade and diameter as the cath.

    I said, "OMG, what did you do?"

    He answered, "Oh, just screamed and threw it across the room."[/QUOT

    For some reason this story really gets to me. And I have read almost all that are posted.
  9. by   teeituptom
    Ascaris worms, yuck

    I remember a lady who came into triage all freaked out after a BM, and she brought in a ziplock baggy full of them.

    she said she was going to fire her housekeeper/cook

    she said she was going to divorce her husband

    she said she was going to sell her Mercedes

    she said she was selling her house

    she said a lot of other things

    mostly not printable
  10. by   teeituptom
    Had a guy come in recently

    been out camping

    came in with nasty case of poison ivy

    mostly concentrated around his rectum and genitalia

    I actually felt sorry for him
  11. by   SoldierMedic
    Quote from yazisizit
    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 usual for her safety. She was our designated resident nightmare geri from hell, so she was placed near the Nurse's station.

    So we are chilling out at the Nurse's station, chatting and trying to get through another night...

    Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I see our lady in question standing in the dimly lit doorway of her room!

    I instantly leap out and run to her. As I approach her, she appears to be falling towards me, so I meet her in a bear hug...my arms around her waste, and her arms around my shoulders.

    As I catch the lady, I notice a very strong smell of feces, and I feel something warm on my hands, arms and shoulders...

    My fellow heroes come in behind me, and as the lights are turned on, my worst fears are instantly realized.

    Yes, I caught the poor old lady with a good old bear hung football catch, but I was also covered in the lady's feces.

    As I look at her, she has feces smeared all over her arms and hands... (and even her face!)

    And of course, now so did I!
    :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll


    Loooooser!
  12. by   SoldierMedic
    Quote from teeituptom
    Had a guy come in recently

    been out camping

    came in with nasty case of poison ivy

    mostly concentrated around his rectum and genitalia

    I actually felt sorry for him
    Damn, how did he manage that?
  13. by   SoldierMedic
    With me nothing really......I remember this one time I was changing a condom cath and urine splashed in my eye. So I double checked his past history for Hepatitis, HIV, and so on and went straight to the ED (he was clean). Man, that saline they poured on my eye to wash the urine out was too cold to bear as it dripped down my neck.

    I'm always careful with bodily substances

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