What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 197

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: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 usual for her safety. She was... Read More


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    Happened this weekend during clinical. I was removing a saline lock from a 2-year-old patient's arm and he was getting quite fidgety (expected of course). He was recovering from pneumonia and also had asthma. Well at one point he went into a coughing spell from the agitation and we all hear this nasty gurgling heading north. Thankfully, the dad was there to bring the basin in time to capture the expelled contents, which to my eyes look eerily familiar.

    So after this experience, I will NEVER eat egg drop soup ever again ...

    Yes, I know I am not even a new nurse yet and I am bound to see even more disgusting things ...
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    Hearing that an emergency room patient reluctantly told the staff treating him, that his lover was making love to him in his ostomy. Which prompted the visit because it was infected.
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    Well I was still in nursing school, second semester of Med-Surg on a tele floor. The patient I had been assigned to was morbidly obese (over 400#'s) and was on a vent. I had done my initial assessment and had just begun gathering the patients meds when the nurse approached me and said the patient had a bowel movement and I needed to get a stool sample. Now keep in mind, the patient had a sitter in the room with her at all times that would assist her in using the bedpan. As I'm walking to the room I'm thinking, "I just have to scoop up a little poop, make sure she's cleaned, and I'm done." Well to my surprise, I walk in the room and the sitter informs me she couldn't get the bed pan fast enough. I had to get 2 other students to help me turn her. The smell was overwhelming (she had a GI bleed.) She had a diaper on and most of the poop had been absorbed, or so I thought. I did my best to scoop up as much poop as possible, while gagging simultaneously. I cleaned her up, laid down a new diaper, and turn her back over. I look down and there is a pile of crap where her vagina should be. My peers looked at me as I looked at them , and at that moment I knew I was on my own. One of her legs were contracted making it impossible to spread them. I had no choice but to use one hand to hold back the fat and dig in her creases of fat with the other. It seemed as though every time I went down, more poo would come out... It was never ending. I was literally up to my elbows in her fat creases and my arm was covered in crap! And I don't understand it, but it seems every time a situation like this happens the room is hot as hell! I was soaking wet, dripping sweat, but I finally managed to get her clean. I washed my arm in her rooms bathroom and went throw the soiled linens. I was traumatized as my instructor turned the corner and yells at me for not being prepared to administer meds. I stood there with my forehead still sweating, and with tears in my eyes explained that I had been elbow deep, cleaning crap out of my patients vagina for the past 45mins while my instructor laughed hysterically in my face, and went on to say that was no excuse. It was that day that I almost gave up on nursing!
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    all i can so is send you a big hug and reassure you that it will get better and worse again occasionally. once a patient laughed so hard that her uppers fell out and while i was bent over retrieving them, she threw up! all over my back, down my neck, into my bra, and into my ears and hair. even worse... there were whole undigested corn kernels throughout!but i survived the encounter and it made me stronger
    down the road with other patients.

    as a student, i was making an occupied bed. the patient was in his 90's and delightful. his primary diagnosis was scleroderma. i was being very very gentle and as careful as i could because of his advanced age and his diagnosis. i washed where he couldn't reach and carried on polite conversation, and was just finishing the bed when... there it was ... on the edge of the bed. omg! i was suddenly very lightheaded! there was the index finger from his left hand! he was so kind to me. he said, "honey, it was nothing you did. it was just the disease. i knew this might happen someday and it looks like someday just became today."
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    Quote from Murse537
    Well I was still in nursing school, second semester of Med-Surg on a tele floor. The patient I had been assigned to was morbidly obese (over 400#'s) and was on a vent. I had done my initial assessment and had just begun gathering the patients meds when the nurse approached me and said the patient had a bowel movement and I needed to get a stool sample. Now keep in mind, the patient had a sitter in the room with her at all times that would assist her in using the bedpan. As I'm walking to the room I'm thinking, "I just have to scoop up a little poop, make sure she's cleaned, and I'm done." Well to my surprise, I walk in the room and the sitter informs me she couldn't get the bed pan fast enough. I had to get 2 other students to help me turn her. The smell was overwhelming (she had a GI bleed.) She had a diaper on and most of the poop had been absorbed, or so I thought. I did my best to scoop up as much poop as possible, while gagging simultaneously. I cleaned her up, laid down a new diaper, and turn her back over. I look down and there is a pile of crap where her vagina should be. My peers looked at me as I looked at them , and at that moment I knew I was on my own. One of her legs were contracted making it impossible to spread them. I had no choice but to use one hand to hold back the fat and dig in her creases of fat with the other. It seemed as though every time I went down, more poo would come out... It was never ending. I was literally up to my elbows in her fat creases and my arm was covered in crap! And I don't understand it, but it seems every time a situation like this happens the room is hot as hell! I was soaking wet, dripping sweat, but I finally managed to get her clean. I washed my arm in her rooms bathroom and went throw the soiled linens. I was traumatized as my instructor turned the corner and yells at me for not being prepared to administer meds. I stood there with my forehead still sweating, and with tears in my eyes explained that I had been elbow deep, cleaning crap out of my patients vagina for the past 45mins while my instructor laughed hysterically in my face, and went on to say that was no excuse. It was that day that I almost gave up on nursing!
    That was one horrible day you had dear. Hopefully, things have gotten better for you.
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    wow i am cna and current pre-nursing student.. these stories are giving me the hebbie gebbies:uhoh21:
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    I hate when you get those really awful smells 'stuck' in your nose. Had a pt today with a foot basically rotting off with gangrene, missing some toes already, and the smell was just so strong! And of course the patient doesn't want the blanket covering or touching that foot, so it's just wafting around freely.

    There is no air freshener on earth that could even come close to covering that smell.
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    We had a patient with rotting flesh once, and we placed an electric airator in her room. That helped a lot.
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    :: Gag ::
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    recieved a specimen for a fungus culture and when i checked the source it said skin scrapings.
    they were little black and white pieces and when i held it up to the light i saw that it was full of little worms moving and jumping! i liked to have died it scared the hell out of me. took it to parasitology and when we put one of the little worms on the microscope it had little hairs growing out of it's body!

    turns out it was not a cup of worms but a cup of larve (they were babies!!!). and the source was correct. it had to be forwarded to another lab because we don't do arthropod ids.

    #bodyliceftw
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