Strange things that you saw when you were a student - page 4

what is the strangest thing that you saw when you were a student...the one that sticks out in my mind is also on the subject of male/female nurses. when we did our ob rotation, the teacher did... Read More

  1. by   ShelleyERgirl
    Originally posted by Surgical Hrt RN
    When I was in nursing school I worked as a tech in the ICU. We had a patient that was admitted to us unresponsive from the ER. They had found her in an abaonded building. When we took off her gown and the sheets to do her bath, she had roaches crawling out of her vagina! EWWWWWWWWWW

    That is nasty! EWWWWWW! What was her condition after all that? Did she recover? Oh man, I can't imagine being in that room with you guys. I think I 'd have to run screaming down the hallway:roll
  2. by   thatldo
    oh my gosh, you guys are killing me!!!
    Yes I know the horror stories & thought I'd read them all from you seasoned nurses, but now I'm really quite concerned as I start clinicals next week, and although I can assist with castrating cows & horses, I'm not going to think that nothing is going to bother me. So....what do I do about my tender gag reflex?
    Keep these stories coming, I'd like to think its preparing me!
  3. by   LilgirlRN
    Working in the ER in the south we regularly pull roaches out of people's ears. Some of them are surprisingly large, you wouldn't think that they could fit inside the canal. Roaches have those little barb like things on their legs and once they get in somewhere tight, the barbs prevent them from backing out. We used to keep Ethrane in the ER, it's kinda like ether. Put some on a cotton ball, put the cotton ball as far as you can get it in the ear canal and voila...anesthetized roach. Unfortunately sometimes they wake up ......EEEEEEEEK! I hate roaches!
  4. by   cokie
    great stories.. i had no idea.....
    Last edit by cokie on Apr 20, '03
  5. by   chemistry_chick
    Originally posted by ShandyLynnRN
    When I had my son, I had a male LPN student examine me, from epis to peri care, to breast exam...

    The next semester I started nursing school and guess who was there in my RN class??? Talk about embarrassing!!!

    Haha! Sounds like my luck!
  6. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by gwenith
    There was one patient when I was training - he was a little intellectually handicapped. Had a scrotal hernia that he had never bothered to get repaired. It came down to his knees!!! Now the worst part was he used to drop his pants during visiting hours to use a bottle.

    We had some explaining to do believe me!

    -----OK-now everybody--- SING WITH ME!!!!---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Do your balls hang low?
    Can you swing them to and fro?
    Can you tie 'em in a knot?
    Can you tie 'em in a bow?
    Do you ever get the feeling
    When they hit against the ceiling
    That you'll never be a sailor
    If your balls hang low?
  7. by   Brian
    Admin note: Just modified the title of the thread to make it more descriptive and user friendly to other users.

    Changed from Strange??? to

    Strange things that you saw when you were a student

    carry on
  8. by   susanmary
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    Don't you just HATE when that happens? Of course, you saved the patient the money of having her toe amped.
  9. by   shelleybelle
    my 2nd patient in clinical rotations was an elderly "male" with several different "parts". He was incontinent and comatose, so I had to bathe & change him.... I couldn't help but take a gander! He had a "normal" penis, and below it was a vaginal opening and then the testes - which had urinary holes in them. I was told when they tried to catheterize him on admission, that urine came out of 4 different places... It was WEIRD. I felt sooo sorry for him... he had no family, no friends - nobody except a couple who'd ministered to him in church. it was so sad

    The other thing was a man in my homehealth rotation. He'd contracted staphy after having a cervical fusion done. We had to do dressing changes on him - when we removed the old dressing, you could actually SEE this man's spinal cord. It was scary being that close to such a vital part of the body... but good experience
    Last edit by shelleybelle on Apr 21, '03
  10. by   ShelleyERgirl
    Originally posted by ktwlpn

    Girl, you are not right! I spit out the bite of cereal I was eating reading that!
  11. by   jenac
    My story is kinda bland now! When in my ER rotation in school, they brought this little old lady in. She had fallen in the shower and hit her arm on the shower door tracks getting a laceration. She was holding bandages to it untill the surgeon could sew it up, but she was so fidgity it kept falling off. I was sent in to fix it- and the skin was lterally peeled off this woman's arm and just sort of hanging there. You could see the fat, the muscle, the tendons in the elbow, the veins. It was a human anatomy lesson! Very cool.
    During my endoscopy rotation-I got to see a rectal to abdominal fistula repair with fibrin on a very septic elderly lady. Very mild- but very interesting for a student to see.
  12. by   MrsK1223
    My one memorable memory was not as interesting as some of the rest of these but when I did an OB rotation, I was told to go get some cabbage out of the refrigerator and place several large leaves of cabbage on the breasts of my new mother. I thought this was the most wacked out back woods things I had ever heard. But this really worked to ease the pain of engorged breasts. I did this with several patients and they said it really did make them feel better. Many were as puzzled as I was at this treatment. I don't remember the science behind this but it obviously works.
  13. by   gwenith
    You're not at the end of my strange story list yet!

    I had a patient who was post-op for a modified cammando operation. Ca of larynx and mouth. He had gone through the DT's and had pulled out the drains from his salivary bed so that the entire neck area broke down. For weeks we could see his carotic arteries pulse in the bed of the wound.

    The kicker was that some eternal optimist had hung a pair of toothed artery forceps at the back of his bed "just in case his carotids ruptured."

    Last edit by gwenith on Apr 22, '03