The funniest thing happened to me today...:)

  1. Oh my! I am still laughing over this one. I had a very, very busy day on my 3-11 PM shift, but it was so much fun at the same time. Two of my four patients kept cracking jokes & made me laugh so much. So that was one thing. Then....later on I was in the med room pulling my 9 PM meds & the door opens & this doctor who I do not know at all says "You're Christine, right? Well I want to put a chest tube into Mr. X. Can you help me with that?" So I say I'm new so I've never helped with that procedure before, & can he please tell me what I should help him with? So then he says "Oh. I am new too. I was hoping you could tell me. Like, do you know where exactly I should put the chest tube? And where is the chest tube kit?" At this point, I'm staring at him with my eyes really wide, & I said I have no idea! then I tried to say I would ask my preceptor but then he started to talk to someone else....so then I'm asking another nurse what to do & he said he never helped out with one either. Then 5 min later I was giving another pt. an IV med when this same doc saw me in that room & stuck his head in the room & said "Hey Christine, I'm going to go now but I'll be back in a few min. Can you please read up on chest tubes so you can help me figure it out." So I said sure & then I found a nursing manual book in our nurses station so I dragged the huge book back to where the xerox machine was & I'm copying all the pages on chest tube insertion & how to assist with it. I was about to show him the pages (since I assumed he was a new intern) when he said "Oh we decided to wait until tomoroow to put it in." So then he left & I asked the charge nurse who he was & she started laughing when I told her I xeroxed pages on chest tubes for him cuz she told me he is the CHIEF HEAD OF SURGERY! I couldn't stop laughing . He obviously knew what he was doing. I guess he likes to play jokes on new nurses! I totally thought he was serious & I guess I take everything so seriously. But now I don't!
    -Christine
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    If he really was kidding, that is hilarious!
  4. by   Someday-C.R.N.A.
    Sounds like you found a great crew.

    Good co-workers can make a world of difference at work.

    Now........don't screw around too much! :chuckle
  5. by   ActNGrowRN
    I really enjoy doctors that have a sense of humor. It is nice to hear that your chief head of surgery does not take himself too seriously.
  6. by   Siouxz2
    Oh, that is a hoot! I'll bet the look on your face was priceless.
  7. by   onmyway06
    Quote from ActNGrowRN
    I really enjoy doctors that have a sense of humor. It is nice to hear that your chief head of surgery does not take himself too seriously.

    I totally agree!


    To the OP, sounds like you're working with a real bunch of 'characters'! :chuckle You're so lucky, too many stories out there about mean docs.

    Best wishes with your job.
  8. by   prmenrs
    Don't worry, you'll pay him back one day soon! Be sure to practice the round-eyed innocent look, too. Start talking to the charge nurse---she'll see an opportunity and help you, with any luck.

    You DO want to pay him back, don't you? I hope so. I'd be itching to do it.

    You could even take all those pages you xeroxed home and work on "an idiots guide to putting in a chest tube" instructions. Stuff like "insert your finger into the track you made; if you haven't put gloves on yet, now would be a good time." That sort of thing!
  9. by   LPN_mn
    It is so fun when you get to work with people like that. Once when I worked in an urgent care clinic a guy came in to be seen. I did not room him but I commented on how good looking he was. The doctor went in to see him and came back out. He gave me a sterile specimen cup and told me that he wanted me to go in and get a sterile specimen from this guy. I said why doesn't he just go in the bathroom and get some pee. The doc said no I want a semen specimen and it needs to be sterile. He says his girlfriend has been cheating on him and he wants to be tested and I need a specimen. I had never heard of nurses helping with that kind of specimen before and had this look of shock on my face and questioned whether this was ethical or not. I asked a couple of the other nurses who agreed with the doctor that they have had to do that on occasion. I could not believe it but I was going to be the good nurse and took the sterile gloves, cup and with as much dignity as I could muster I headed for the door. Just when I reached the room and started to open the door the doc says hold on a minute one more thing. Could you just draw some blood from the guy in that room. Every one started laughing and I realized that I had been had. I will never forget that as long as I live. This doc was a real practical joker.
  10. by   babynurselsa
    Way back in nursing school my good friend and I were collecting info on our pts to write our care plans. She looked up from teh Kardex and stated, "This guy has a floey and it says he may shower, he can't do that can he?" I looked up at her as seriously as I could and said, "Sure, you know how you get the trash bag to cover the IV's?"
    She sat there and stared at me for a moment before she realized I was just messing with her.
  11. by   grinnurse
    Quote from christvs
    Oh my! I am still laughing over this one. I had a very, very busy day on my 3-11 PM shift, but it was so much fun at the same time. Two of my four patients kept cracking jokes & made me laugh so much. So that was one thing. Then....later on I was in the med room pulling my 9 PM meds & the door opens & this doctor who I do not know at all says "You're Christine, right? Well I want to put a chest tube into Mr. X. Can you help me with that?" So I say I'm new so I've never helped with that procedure before, & can he please tell me what I should help him with? So then he says "Oh. I am new too. I was hoping you could tell me. Like, do you know where exactly I should put the chest tube? And where is the chest tube kit?" At this point, I'm staring at him with my eyes really wide, & I said I have no idea! then I tried to say I would ask my preceptor but then he started to talk to someone else....so then I'm asking another nurse what to do & he said he never helped out with one either. Then 5 min later I was giving another pt. an IV med when this same doc saw me in that room & stuck his head in the room & said "Hey Christine, I'm going to go now but I'll be back in a few min. Can you please read up on chest tubes so you can help me figure it out." So I said sure & then I found a nursing manual book in our nurses station so I dragged the huge book back to where the xerox machine was & I'm copying all the pages on chest tube insertion & how to assist with it. I was about to show him the pages (since I assumed he was a new intern) when he said "Oh we decided to wait until tomoroow to put it in." So then he left & I asked the charge nurse who he was & she started laughing when I told her I xeroxed pages on chest tubes for him cuz she told me he is the CHIEF HEAD OF SURGERY! I couldn't stop laughing . He obviously knew what he was doing. I guess he likes to play jokes on new nurses! I totally thought he was serious & I guess I take everything so seriously. But now I don't!
    -Christine
    Sounds like a fun place to be!!
  12. by   Jessy_RN
    So funny! Have you though of payback

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