ER Nurses Share Their Wildest Stories
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ER Nurses Share Their Wildest Stories

September 15, 2019


– The intern was like, ‘I
think he’s bleeding out,’ and literally, it was like
a waterfall of blood just coming out through the pelvis. (pensive music) – What’s the craziest thing
you’ve seen in the ER? – Two people came in
through the ambulance bay, and they were Smurf Blue. I was like, ‘woah.’ I was like, ‘that’s interesting.’ I was like, ‘whats that all about?’ – A guy with the thing
you use for guacamole, I guess to grind it. I don’t know what that thing’s called. He put that up his rectum and… We see people sticking stuff
up their butts maybe every once every couple months. – What’s the worst smell
you’ve experienced? – I don’t know if you wanna hear this, but I guess bloody diarrhea. Does that count? – You know, it’s so hard because
when you do it every day, you’re used to it. I recently smelled a really pungent vomit. I’ve smelled vomit before, but I don’t know why this
time it just really hit me. What still grosses you out? – Body odor still really bothers me. So, when I get those patients, I kinda just throw on a mask and I’m like, ‘oh, I’m sorry, I’m coughing,
I’m not feeling well,’ but it’s really because
they smell really bad. – So, I don’t get grossed out by things, but when I hear the story, though, of how some people get
hurt, that grosses me out. – Has an incident ever freaked you out? – I remember I passed by a
room and one patient actually was already somewhat restrained, but had monster strength
and just came out of… He lifted the whole stretcher up. I was like, ‘is that real?’ – There was a guy that came in one time and I unwrapped his foot and there was maggots all over his foot, and it was my job, lucky me,
to go and clean up the maggots, and the maggots pretty
much ate down to the bone. – How often do you have
to look up a diagnosis? – Every day. I mean, things are changing all the time. – You see a lot of the
same things all the time, and then once in a blue
moon you’ll get a… You’ll get something that
you don’t know at all. The other doctors might
actually talk amongst each other and ask each other, ‘oh,
what do you think this is?’ and they bounce off of each other. – Definitely when I first
started out, I was like, ‘oh, yeah, I definitely know
what you’re talking about. I’m just gonna go over there
just to get your medication.’ Yeah. – What’s the most rare condition
or disease you’ve seen? She had this fainting condition. We had to Google it, and it was real. It was a real thing,
and I’d never seen it, but she had something
that said I always faint, this is normal for me. I faint and, you know,
this happens all the time. – This was a baby like six months ago, and he had this condition
where his heart just wasn’t working properly, and he was gonna need a heart transplant at six months to survive. We coded him for a while, and then we… We sent him to another hospital. I don’t know what happened
to him after that, but that was probably one
of the most rare conditions I’ve seen in the ER. (exhaling sharply)
Sorry. (crew member mumbling) (clears throat) Next one. Do you eventually become numb to trauma? – One of the things that actually a lot of us have tried to do
is that if a patient passes, we’ll actually pause at
the end of the trauma and actually have a moment of silence to just honor the patient. That makes you more conscious
of what you’re doing, and it’s just not just another
person coming through a door. – When the patient first comes, you kinda have to be numb
to just get through the day and get through whatever
you need to get through, but then once all of it’s
done, you’re like, ‘oh my gosh, I can’t believe that just
happened to somebody.’ Anything could happen
to anyone at any time, so we have a appreciation
for life after each shift where we talk to each other about it. – You know what I call it, though? I really think ER nurses
are a jack of all trades, and that’s why I’m so proud to
be an ER nurse in particular because I think we do so
many different things. So, I mean, I love it.

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  1. I had an open fracture two years ago. My cousin, who is an ER nurse, came into my room. My parents and I knew from the look on his face that it was bad.

  2. why does the girl with the black hair first of all constantly move her mouth like that and also cry like that it unsettles me

  3. Do zookeeper! Im one myself but I would love to here what other animals might have done to cost their zookeeper trouble lol

  4. People that work in trauma / ER are super stars and I take my hat off to them all… There is no way I could do their type of work

  5. This is one of the rarest females in the world who looked cute even when she cried and didnt make me cry
    like i wud never cry with her, i wud be like awwweeee little cutie pie kochikoochi koo!!! yeah…she is cute

  6. Aw i feel so bad she started crying but i kinda wanted to laugh not bc of the situation but bc her face when she cries is funny so i was like crying and laughing at the same time sry if this offensive to anyone

  7. My mom had the same maggot story! And also a guy who instead of the avacado thing, shoved a soda can up there instead.

  8. Yah nurses need to get payed more. Front line people EMS/ER/FIREFIGHTER/police … all at risk they might not go back see there families imagine everyday as it needs imagine they leave to work they might not comeback it might be last kiss, hug, word, smile all counts cuz it might be the last one. Thank you for putting you life at risk to keep us safe. Show respect

  9. Worst smell: gangrene. It smells like death. You literally need to change your scrubs after taking care of a patient who has gangrene all over his leg.
    Craziest: man and a woman stuck together…lady had vaginisumus during intercourse.
    Do you get numb…: to a point yes. But everytime you see kids who lost their mom or dad and they dont know whats happening thats heart breaking.
    Rare case: steven johnson's syndrome. Sadly it happened to one of our dr. She was so pretty…but died horribly.

  10. All due respect for providers, but there’s the saying “doctors diagnose, nurses heal”… I didn’t know how true it is until I became a nurse.

  11. Bloody diarrhea is horrible. My dad was hemorrhaging from cancer eating away at his intestines. This is what put him on hospice and he was gone in less than a week. The smell would clear the floor. I wish I could hug the nurses who had to clean him up.

  12. Doctors and ER nurses can google stuff before an operation but my teacher gets mad when his students google things for an essay

  13. An ER nurse found me unconscious outside the emergency waiting room due to blood loss from internal bleeding. They managed to bring me back, had emergency surgery same night and was home a week later. They are my hero.

  14. Nurses are our heroes. The amount of work they take away from our shoulders and the care they give to patients is severely under-recognized.

  15. That maggots!!!…

    How did that HAPPEN!?!?
    (Edit) just to be clear, I don't actually want to know. All I'm saying is… What do you have to be doing…?

  16. I have had type one diabetes sense I was 11 months old and am in my 40’s now. And I want to take my years of experience dealing with ER’s and say thank you. I will admit the ER is not for a diabetic to be in. But they will at least get you back so that you can fix yourself.
    Sometimes a ER nurse is the only smiling face you see.
    🙂 thanks again

  17. As a chronic patient with one of those rare conditions, I have had not just nurses but doctors needing to research my condition. I have gone into an ER, and the doctor eventually ask me what was the treatment I required, before following through with the plan given (based off of my specialists and prior emergency visits, but still. I dictated the required treatment.)

    While in the ER, I have smelt a code brown, and you could tell he was sick by the smell. It was rough.

    I’ve seen/heard someone who was chained to the bed with police standing guard as he wails and curses and screams for pain meds. He had a cut that needed stitches, he was clearly currently on some street drug and possibly drunk. So that was awful.

    My most crazy personal experience would be when they almost discharged me, while I had multiple ulcers about to perforate. I pushed to stay, glad I did because I would’ve been in a ambulance back in a few hours. I vomited about a pint of blood, and boy, when the first nurse turned the corner and was at the door seeing me vomiting blood (in a cardboard bowl) with such violence I splattered it on the floor and wall. She looked at the blood and just went white saying quickly ‘I’m getting the doctor’ and then running down the hall. Within 15 minutes I have a wall of people on every side of my bed as they blood type, add another IV, and prep for emergency surgery. I had to have 4 units of blood during surgery. Really glad that happened in the hospital.

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