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teysmith specializes in NA.

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When I worked in cardiovascular surgery we were prepping a patient for open heart and I lifted up the folds of her belly and found a moldy sandwich... I was actually gagging... Yuck...

Are you freaking serious!!! how!!!

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You folks do realize that now all of those lovely young folks that were thinking about entering Nursing as a profession (and come help us alleviate this shortage) are now signing up for the teaching profession after reading this stories? Good grief...

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You folks do realize that now all of those lovely young folks that were thinking about entering Nursing as a profession (and come help us alleviate this shortage) are now signing up for the teaching profession after reading this stories? Good grief...

and if we didn't tell them about it, we'd be reading threads such as, "things they didn't tell us in nursing school"...or "things you wish you had known"...

leslie:)

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ozoneranger specializes in pulmonary, ortho, cardio.

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This isn't gross, but it was unique.

I admitted a man after he was involved in a MVA. When I did his skin assessment I noticed he had a tattoo of a rattle snake...the tail was just above his sternal notch...the body of the snake wrapped around the man several times.......guess where the head of the snake popped up......yep. The head of the snake was tattooed on the head of his penis.

Word was, when he went to surgery, the entire team nearly passed out (fright, shock, laughter, horror.....)

Yikes!

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teysmith specializes in NA.

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This isn't gross, but it was unique.

I admitted a man after he was involved in a MVA. When I did his skin assessment I noticed he had a tattoo of a rattle snake...the tail was just above his sternal notch...the body of the snake wrapped around the man several times.......guess where the head of the snake popped up......yep. The head of the snake was tattooed on the head of his penis.

Word was, when he went to surgery, the entire team nearly passed out (fright, shock, laughter, horror.....)

Yikes!

this is funny, and weird!

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mom4josh has 11 years experience and specializes in onc, M/S, hospice, nursing informatics.

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You folks do realize that now all of those lovely young folks that were thinking about entering Nursing as a profession (and come help us alleviate this shortage) are now signing up for the teaching profession after reading this stories? Good grief...

The occasional "over the top" stories you read here don't come along too often, at least not in my world. Although I never would have guessed in a million years how bad it can get, it wouldn't have changed my mind about going into nursing.

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The day that i decided that becoming a NICU nurse was really more where I wanted to be and that adult nursing had nothing to do with me being a better NICU nurse (through med/surg experience, i was thinking)..... I had a 600 + man on a colon prep. Never seen such a large man. Called security because he said that he thought that he could stand and get on the extra large commode, but actually couldn't . Poop running like a river, slammed him back into bed. Tried to build up a levy around him and more than triple pad the bed. Took 7 of us to turn and lift the folds and clean. Nicest guy in the world, but couldn't drink all of the colon prep. One nurse runs out of the room trying not to vomit as a huge piece of stool the size of a cat comes out. In the morning, GI calls for update, I happen to know the RN, said to her "Write me up because I could not get him cleaned through" she says no we will delay it one more day and keep the golytely for the next 24 hours. Luckily I was off but my friend had to do it. She found surgical boots and gown and got the enemas going. Security had to come to help hold him over. We didn't have enough staff (Think 5 for 30 pts) and this guy needs 6-7! Find out during all this that he has been married 0ver 10 times. Wow, actually he married foreign women for money and swears he didn't even have to kiss them. Got a thank you card from him said "Give those girls a raise!", Love Big John. I did argue with GI that that wasn't what was going to kill him anyway, why bother with a colonoscopy - he wasn't a GI bleed, just because he hadn't had a check up. Do these docs not understand the prep?? Now when I have a bad day at NICU, I think scooping the mec isn't so bad. :)

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ozoneranger specializes in pulmonary, ortho, cardio.

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I don't seem to draw the kind of patient that leaves you their entire fortune.

I draw weirdo's.

I had a patient tell me all about how he 'caught' diabetes from a blood transfusion with too much sugar in it. While he was with us, I ordered a consult with the hospital's diabetic education nurse. When we discharged him, he thanked me for helping him understand that his condition wasn't contagious.....now he & his wife could sleep in the same bed again......and he owed 'that doctor' an apology.

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Had a guy bring in a pint jelly jar full of green sputum and phlegm that he had coughed up for the past two days because he didn't think we would believe he was really sick.

I'm another one that loves zits and exploding boils - but we had one older guy that had had a mole removed from his back that got infected. The surgeon came in a debrieded it in the ER - OH HOLY BALLS!! As soon as he lanced it started shooting out greenish/black fizzing disgusting smelling discharge. The 'sore' was about 1X1 cm with a 4cm surrounding red area when he walked into the ER. When he went to the floor - it was 6 inches in diameter and over 1cm deep after debriedment. The entire ER had to be hosed down with air freshener when he left.

I have a job. I love my job. I have a job. I love my job. I have a job. I love my job.

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ozoneranger specializes in pulmonary, ortho, cardio.

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Ewwww!!!!

I'll never forget this one woman who came in with an infected bite on her abdomen, it was deep red & huge. So my husband (he's a PA, I worked for him years ago) decided to lance the thing.

The drainage was extremely thick & came out in the shape of a thin, flat ribbon. It kept coming out for what seemed like ages. Hubby (being a guy & all) decided to scoop the ribbon into a cup, smooth it out & measure it...... (no, honey, I don't mind, in fact, just this morning I was thinkin' "gee, I sure hope someone comes in today with a great big festering boil & I get to play in the goo....)" It took 3 bottles of idaform (sp?) to fill the gaping hole left in her tummy.

And smell, OMG. I thought I'd die before we could open the door & get some fresh air in there.

I can't eat ribbon candy to this day.

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I had a patient on the ventilator, who was on continuous tube feeds. She hadn't had a bowel movement in three or four days. So a couple of hours into my shift, she has a small bm. I turn her on her side, and she starts coughing, bucking the vent. Of course, with each cough, she shoots out another 8oz of just-too-thick-for-a-rectal-tube poop.

Now what made it disgusting was that it was also a very heavy flow day for her period. So I had this (seemingly) unending cycle of: cough, poop, placenta, cough, poop, placenta, cough, poop, placenta....

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southernbeegirl has 16 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Rehab, Infection, LTC.

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Ewwww!!!!

I'll never forget this one woman who came in with an infected bite on her abdomen, it was deep red & huge. So my husband (he's a PA, I worked for him years ago) decided to lance the thing.

The drainage was extremely thick & came out in the shape of a thin, flat ribbon. It kept coming out for what seemed like ages. Hubby (being a guy & all) decided to scoop the ribbon into a cup, smooth it out & measure it...... (no, honey, I don't mind, in fact, just this morning I was thinkin' "gee, I sure hope someone comes in today with a great big festering boil & I get to play in the goo....)" It took 3 bottles of idaform (sp?) to fill the gaping hole left in her tummy.

And smell, OMG. I thought I'd die before we could open the door & get some fresh air in there.

I can't eat ribbon candy to this day.

well?? dont leave us hanging! how long was it???

:D

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