Practical jokes at work - page 8

What are some of the best practical jokes you have ever pulled off at work? I was in charge one night and we had a prisnor as a patient. The cop watching him until the county took over was a real... Read More

  1. by   talaxandra
    It was a time of great change - new CEO, relatively new DON; we were in the middle of a 'paradigm shift', and the hospital had spent thousands on a consultancy firm. We had recently changed ID badge formats, and the ID now included a magnetic swipe bar. Admin had been putting out a whole lot of ridiculous new policies and memos, so a friend of mine typed up the following (on letterhead):

    Attention, all staff
    It has come to the attention of X Hospital management that excessive staff time is being lost with toilet breaks. [Overpaid, Overhyped and Deluded] Consulting estimates this lost time to be the equivalent of 1.2EFT per unit or ward per week.
    All staff toilet doors are therefore being fitted with a swipe card system. Staff are required to swipe their ID cards before entering the bathroom. It is not necessary for staff to use the bathroom facilities more often than once per duty shift, for no longer than three minutes.
    To enforce this policy, a red light will flash in the cubicle at the three minute mark. If the cubicle is not exited within thirty seconds the door will automatically swing open.
    We thank you for your cooperation in making X hospital all that it can be."
    It was 'signed' by the CEO, DON and Medical Director (scrawls over their typed names).

    Copies were hung in the two staff toilets on the ward (single rooms with one toilet, fronting on to the main corridor on either side of the ward).
    Of course, all the nursing staff thought it was hilarious. However, I was standing at the main desk the day after it was hung up, when one of the consultants came barging up, smake billowing from her ears, 'memo' in hand. She starting ranting about how enough was enough, the whole administrative team were jackasses and morons, and the hospital would be far better off if the salaries of those 'ridiculous, useless, waste-of-space consultants' were spent on patient care.
    Although we were tempted to let her head up to admin, we let her in on the joke. She settled down (a little!) and said "Well, it wouldn't surprise me at all. Take it down so they don't get any ideas!"
  2. by   Nitengale326
    [QUOTE=ERNurse752]"O.K. I must confess this best joke I ever played on anyone....worked with a dr who was sooooo uptight, we had gotten some new vag speculums in, I put some lemon yogurt on one, brought it to him and said" Check out this vag discharge! Is this bad,or what!?" As he agreed, I said "you know, this smells kinda good!" and then licked the yogurt off!! He vomited!! We laughed for weeks!"

    I am so glad those speculums were NEW!!!
  3. by   Nitengale326
    Quote from fedupnurse
    Count me in Mary!!!! In a heart beat! I can hear the interview questions now:
    Do you laugh hysterically when someone falls flat on their face?
    Do you engage in one upsmanship if someone plays a practical
    joke on you? (If so, you're our nurse!!)
    Are you willing to disgust uptight people by doing gross things?
    Can we open this place soon????:roll
    SIGN ME UP!!!! I tried to get a laff from my coworkers on the nose picking is a good thing article and they all looked down their noses at me. I can see them wanting to ban me if I did the chocolate frosting or yogurt things. But that has not stopped me from shooting nearly everyone of them with a syringe full of saline!!!:hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty:
  4. by   RuthieRN
    ER folks are always up for a practical joke....The fallopian tube one was new to me though...

    We had a trauma surgeon once that would always leave his keys laying around the ER and then run in looking for them after he had done his rounds. One night the tech decided to "cast" his keys, he put them into a ball of wrapped plaster and let it harden. We drew a little happy face on it and set it on the counter and waited. he showed up about 2 hours later wanting to know if anyone had seen his keys. We all stopped what we were doing and looked at the rock hard blob on the counter....The look on his face was priceless... he had to get the saw out to get to his keys....

    At my new hospital the doc loves to play jokes, I am just waiting for him to leave his car keys somewhere.....
  5. by   MrsWampthang
    When I discharge patients from my rooms in ER I usually tell them that they are free to go. Well, I had a patient brought in in handcuffs accompanied by a sheriff's deputy. When I told him (the prisoner), you're free to go like I normally do, I realized what I said, and then said "not literally." The deputy cracked up but the prisoner didn't think it was funny for some reason!

    We have a charge nurse whose favorite patients are anyone over the age of 20. She signed up to work as a staff nurse one day, so we set here up; we wrote patients in all of her rooms and they all were under the age of like 6! I also put a note on the daily assignment sheet, stating that she requested to have all the kids put in her rooms that day! She didn't seem to find that funny though the rest of us were cracking up!

    Pam
  6. by   Darlene K.
    When I used to work at a pedi urgent care, we would do the "dropped baby" on any unsuspecting new physician or employee. I would walk down the hall with a doll resembling a new born wrapped in a blanket and trip in front of our x-ray tech. She would say "now I've gotta do an x-ray".

    We like to prank call our triage desk when there is a new nurse. My personal favorite....Are you a nurse? Thank God, my little boy scraped bird poop off my car and ate it.. Is that poisonous? Never mind...I'll call 911.
  7. by   Uptoherern
    I made an ER chart listing a 350# man, HIV +, Temp 103, Hx: DM, HTN, recent gastric bypass surgery. c/o SOB, dizzy, N/V/D x 6 days. B/P 211/106, HR 138, resp 28. Then I found someone's forgotten sneakers and using blankets and towels made an "man" on a gurney in one of the ER rooms. I made it look like he had legs, with shoes sticking out from under the sheet, and found some old homeless persons ball cap to put on his "head". This was the only ER room with a camera, so that we could watch from the desk. First, the ER doc goes in. "Sir? Sir? I'm Dr. xyz. Sir?" We watched him circle the gurney for at least a minute until he finally lifted up the sheet and found only a fat "towel man". Oh he loved it! Then, of course we had to get the med student and the PA. We were rolling on the floor.
  8. by   jannecdote
    What about jokes that backfire?

    We had a nurse call a doctor and tell him that when he made rounds there was a patient in bed XX that he was asked to consult on.

    It was Halloween. She "made" a patient out of blankets and used a pumpkin for its head--complete with smiling face.

    Well, the doc came in too see "the patient" and did not think it was very funny at all. He literally threw a fit. The nurse had already put in her two weeks notice but after this stunt she was asked to leave and not come back. She didn't finish out her last week.

    Moral of this story: Never play a joke on someone with no sense of humor.
  9. by   Nitengale326
    Quote from jannecdote
    What about jokes that backfire?

    We had a nurse call a doctor and tell him that when he made rounds there was a patient in bed XX that he was asked to consult on.

    It was Halloween. She "made" a patient out of blankets and used a pumpkin for its head--complete with smiling face.

    Well, the doc came in too see "the patient" and did not think it was very funny at all. He literally threw a fit. The nurse had already put in her two weeks notice but after this stunt she was asked to leave and not come back. She didn't finish out her last week.

    Moral of this story: Never play a joke on someone with no sense of humor.
    I certainly hope that doc got that painful stick out of his butt!!!.Shame on administration... for not letting her work out her 2 weeks... but at least she went out in style!!!! Gotta love her spirit!!!
  10. by   Ruby Vee
    One Halloween we took a plastic skeleton and a noose and "hung" it from the shower in the on call room bathroom. When the house officer on call that night got up to use the bathroom, he could see something strange out of the corner of his eye and it scared him so much he spun around while still peeing . . . . the housekeeper was not pleased!
  11. by   RN92
    i loved playing jokes on people - we just didnt have a lot of spare time.
    my favorite is to wet your hand, then walk up behind somebody - like the secretary or doc and act like you are sneezing. at the same time, flick water on the back of their neck. then, i start apologizing. we all got a good laugh doing that on new people.
    **************warning adult material*******************
    also, about new triage nurses. one of the nurses in the back called the triage desk acting like a patient. she asked the triage nurse (in a very sleezy voice)if its normal to have a fishy smelling discharge. "my boyfriend says its real strong." "when he goes down there and then wants to kiss me - i get sick to my stomach - i heard you can drink cranberry juice to make it go away)the triage nurse was very kind and patient. you could tell she was new.the funny thing is that this isnt too different from real patients.
    also, k-y jelly on a door knob or stretcher side rail is always funny.
  12. by   FNimuaeMae
    Ok, while I was still a CNA at the nursing home, we had a patient who had a necrotic 2nd toe. You could see the bone at the base and everything, and it wiggled around in the joint, and was just WAITING to fall off. I kept telling one of my coworkers that when it fell off, I was gonna string it on a necklace for her to wear.

    Anyways, I had that group one evening and we put the garbage in black plastic garbage bags... that coworker was working... I tore a bit of plastic off the bag, and rolled it up... came up to the desk wearing gloves and carrying it... My coworker was looking the other way chatting with the nurse, but the nurse that was facing me as I said "Mary.... I have a present for you!!" (in a sing song voice) The nurse had such a look of horror on her face that my coworker just started screaming, even though she hadn't seen me yet.... was trying to get away but there was only one way out of the nurses station. I just about pee'd my pants laughing over that one!

    2nd story-

    One of my coworkers at my old job at a hospital was getting some kittens from the same litter I was getting one from. I came into the ED late one night with all 3 kittens, and of course everyone thought they were adorable. The night supervisor called up to the floor and said they were getting 3 admissions... We all proceeded to bring the 3 kittens up to the floor.... My coworker there hadn't quite believed that they'd give her 3 admissions at once....it was still cute tho.
  13. by   Audreyfay
    Thank you for all the laughs! My work partner is in deep trouble now. KY on her office door knob. Can't wait. And checking for ketones in a cup of apple juice. Can't wait!

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