What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 9

: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   legsmalone
    Well, I too have issues with sputum, so here is my story:
    I began working this summer as a nurse extern on Telemetry. My nurse and I got report one night on a new CHF dx. On top of that, the guy was confused and therefore restrained. For the first few hours of the shift, this guy has an awful sounded non-productive cough....or so it appeared. At one point my nurse and I walk in to find one hand out of his restaints and down his throat, only to pull out the biggest, stickiest, darkest, loooongest loogie I have ever seen in my life and fling it against the wall.
    Bout lost my cookies.
  2. by   VivaLasViejas
    Isn't it funny how we all seem to be trying to out-gross each other on this thread??

    As the saying goes: "You know you're a nurse when, in the process of cleaning up a patient who's just had an enormous liquid stool, you are reminded that you need to pick up brownie mix at the store tonight".
  3. by   ShelleyERgirl
    Originally posted by mjlrn97
    Isn't it funny how we all seem to be trying to out-gross each other on this thread??

    As the saying goes: "You know you're a nurse when, in the process of cleaning up a patient who's just had an enormous liquid stool, you are reminded that you need to pick up brownie mix at the store tonight".

    :chuckle That is so nasty..........I love it!
  4. by   Kaelie
    I've been an LPN for only 6 months and have already been in many disgusting situations. I will share one with you...

    I was working a 24 hour shift with a post-cva patient in her home and had to monitor her throughout the night, at 0300 i heard what sounded like running bath water. Sure enough, i entered the washroom and this elderly patient was sitting in a tub half full of water in her nightgown......to make matters worse she had defecated in the tub.....all i could see was a big mess of soft formed stool floating around the tub. That was quite the clean up...
  5. by   PediRN
    25 year old cystic fibrosis patient, end stage, decides to get a nipple ring. One day she asks me to look at it because its sore. There's green pus coming out of it with a smell that nearly knocked my socks off. Turns out she had pseudomonas in it. So nasty.
  6. by   Jay-Jay
    I was doing my clinical on a medical ward, and heard my preceptor yell for help. We had a patient in an isolation room who was very confused, suffering from gastro, and also had some antibiotic resistant bug, probably MRSA. Well, he had managed to pull out his IV, crawl over the bed rails, in the process, divesting himself of his nightgown, exited his room, and was now on his hands and knees, crawling along the hallway of the ward. To top it off, he was absolultely COVERED from stem to stern with dried poop!! My preceptor yelled at me to get a gown. I assumed she wanted me to cover the totally naked patient, as there were quite a few visitors watching what was going on. I threw the gown over him, and she yelled, "No, get one for YOURSELF, to cover your clothes!!"

    We all got gowns and gloves, but by this time, we had started to cackle hysterically at what was happening. We grabbed the old gent, and hauled him to his feet, but he broke away from us, and made another dash for it. He too was giggling at this point. We finally managed to get him back into the room, and into the shower. I got the job of doing the shower, and he was NOT co-operative. I kept having to push him back into the shower, and wound up getting poop right through the gown, and onto my uniform. I had to go to Emerg and borrow a scrub dress to finish my shift. To top it off one of the visitors was so shocked at us laughing that she reported us to admin!
  7. by   KayleighRN
    So what did the admin do?
    Under stress people have many emotions. Under the stress us nurses have, people shouldn't be surprised to see us nurses crying/laughing and a bit looney all at the same time! :roll
    I hope you all didn't get in trouble...
  8. by   heatherh
    ok, I am a new student and just finished my first semester. Our first clinical was in LTC and I was assigned to a woman who was completly dependant. She was a rather large woman who was on tons of MOM, so she had really runny BMs. She wears diapers, so guess who got to change them?? You guessed it!That wasn't really THAT bad, but listen to this... To change her diaper, I had to turn her laterally away from me, which left her bum right in my face. And EVERY time I turned her, she would leta huge one go right in my face. My instructor would tell us not to make faces, (and I wouldn't, even though the smell was worse than the BM which was extremely offensive) but she would book it right out of my patients room when that happened with a horribl look on her face!!
  9. by   Jay-Jay
    Kayliegh, you're certainly right on about the laughter being a way of dealing with stress. Unfortunatley, not everyone understands that, especially non-nurses. I really don't recall what happened, but I think the manager, being a nurse, was sympathetic. It was my preceptor who had to talk to her...I was let off the hook because I was just a student.

    It really WAS funny...this poor old soul naked as a jaybird, crawling along the hall as fast as he could go on hands and knees. I may be wrong, but I seem to remember he was smiling (hey, I'm OUTTA HERE!!) Got rid of that nasty IV, I'm goin' HOME!! Even if I have to crawl....
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    In the confused-patient vein, here's one of my favorites: 94 YO Jenny, who had never in her life been in a hospital ("I birthed all 11 of my babies right in my own house, never seen no doctor or nothin', and every one of 'em was as healthy as I am!"). She was on the med-surg floor with CHF, and even though she was more than a little demented, she had a kind of twisted logic. There was another confused pt. in the room across from Jenny's who yelled all night long no matter what we did for him, and to say the least, this did not make Jenny very happy. We were all taking a short coffee break at around 4 AM when we heard this blood-curdling scream from the general direction of the man's room. No sooner had we run around the corner to see what was going on than we spotted Jenny, who was shuffling toward us with a half-full catheter bag........along with the entire catheter, balloon and all. "I yanked this contraption outta that feller down the hall,' she announced, handing over the apparatus before heading back down the hall to her own room. "Guess now he's got something to holler about!!"
  11. by   Estella
    I was a nursing assistant on a general surgery floor when this happened. It was only my second week!
    An elderly man had abdominal surgery, and had been complaining of gas all day. "Just can't get it to move...." My nurse assured me that if he moved himslef around, the gas would move, too. (I still wonder if she ever listened to his bowel sounds.....)
    Anyway, being the dutiful NA, I ambulated him around the unit and then back to his room to sit up in the chair. It was near the change of shift, and I told him I would be back in a couple minutes to see how he was doing. When I returned, his gown was covered in blood, green goo, brown stool, pus, you name it... Before I could even think to yell for help, I asked, "Mr. B, are you all right?"
    He smiled at me, actually laughed and replied, "I just let out the biggest fart in my life. I feel great!"
  12. by   Kaelie
    I love this section of the forum. It's nice to have a laugh and take a load off at the end of a hectic day!

  13. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    I am a charge nurse in LTC. One of the aides went home early with a migraine so I was doing her last bedcheck b4 shift change. I walk into the last room....check the 1st resident...uneventful....as I get closer to her roommate, I can smell BM. So I prepare to clean her up. She is laying on her side facing the wall....so I clean the side closest to me....however, as I roll her over to her other side.....she looks at me and smiles....HER MOUTH IS FULL OF BM!!! I don't know how I got her cleaned up without throwing up on her! A few days later, the aid who went home brought me some chocolate pudding as a thank you for letting her leave early....isn't she nice?? LOL

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