SURELY someone will share their sense of humor!

  1. Our web site - www2.mc.duke.edu/9200bmt/ - has a section entitled "The Lighter Side of Nursing"; we'd hoped to get folks sharing true - and funny - stories from their nursing practice there. So far, not many submissions. Anyone care to share?

    Thanks!
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Tim-GNP
    I will share my sense of humor, but stop calling me Shirley!
  4. by   mustangsheba
    That was pretty funny, Tim!
  5. by   FamilymanRNBSN L/D
    Originally posted by roth0003:
    Our web site - www2.mc.duke.edu/9200bmt/ - has a section entitled "The Lighter Side of Nursing"; we'd hoped to get folks sharing true - and funny - stories from their nursing practice there. So far, not many submissions. Anyone care to share?

    Thanks!
    (This story occurred just pryor to entering Nursing School I was a nurse aid at a cancer hospital in tulsa ok)
    I once entered a pt room with the Rn at the bedside and proceeded to empty the Jackson pratt drain in her abdomen. The nurse instructed me to take the contents and measure then in the rest room. While in the rest room I began to gargle aloud. The nurse and the pt both lost it and asked whatI was up too. I said, "you said gargle right?" I have often found that terminal patients appreciate nursing care that is both serious and sensitive. However at times is is necessary to remind them that their not dead yet, and life is meant to be lived. Humor is the best medicine...
    Todd from tulsa Rn BSN L/D

  6. by   ERICUEMS
    Speaking of humor, does anyone know if the Nurse who used to write "The View Askew" column for the old REVOLUTION is still around? I thought her stuff was a riot! I saved alot of the articles, and still post them around when the appropriate subject arises
  7. by   nursejanedough
    I am not sure if I understood the last joke. We are all warped in our own way. As a geriatric nurse, I still think about this and still chuckle. Why? What is wrong with me? They say that nervous tension makes you laugh at inappropriate times so why do I still chuckle at this? A lovable old man had died in our nursing home. A new, sweet hard working CNA had told me she knew how to prepare him for his family. I got very busy and happened to walk by the deceased man's room and saw his bed was cranked up to a sitting position and his family was sitting all around him. It looked comical to me, so I did not go in the room to lower the bed. I asked the nurse on the next shift if she would go in and lower the deceased man's bed (I was giving report) and we started giggling, we shouldn't have, but we did. Thank goodness the funeral home came to get the body right at that time. I still feel guilty for laughing, but if you are a nurse, if you can't laugh sometimes, you'll cry all of the time.
  8. by   cmggriff
    I know all the ICU RN's will relate to this.
    Initial assessment of the pt. who has been disoriented for the other shifts.
    Me: Do you know where you are?
    Pt: Yes.
    Me Well where are you?
    Pt: Right here.
    Me(:-) Where is right here?
    Pt: Well, if you don't know I ain't gonna tell ya.
    Me{!~{}ROFLOLROFLOLROFLOL
  9. by   mud
    When I was a nursing student, we had a little old lady die, expectedly. The family had said to leave her jewelery on her body.We did this, and down to the holdaing area she went for the rest of the night. This was an area right across from the emergency rm. waiting area. We dropped her off, and headed back to the floor. The family called, they had changed their minds. They now wanted her rings removed. My preceptor and I went back down to the holding rm. It was flu season, so the emerg. was packed. I know that the people knew we had dropped off a body. We went in, closed the door, and tried to remove the rings, no luck. My preceptor went and got some soap. We were rubbing her up with soap, and gently tugging...finally we won our battle. Of course, we are only human, and we were laughing, trying so hard to control ourselves. When we left the room, rings, and soap in hand, we sure had a lot of onlookers. It was all we could do to run to the stairs (the elevator took to long!) be fore we burst out laughing!!! terrrible, I know........but sometimes you just have to laugh!
    Originally posted by nursejanedough:
    I am not sure if I understood the last joke. We are all warped in our own way. As a geriatric nurse, I still think about this and still chuckle. Why? What is wrong with me? They say that nervous tension makes you laugh at inappropriate times so why do I still chuckle at this? A lovable old man had died in our nursing home. A new, sweet hard working CNA had told me she knew how to prepare him for his family. I got very busy and happened to walk by the deceased man's room and saw his bed was cranked up to a sitting position and his family was sitting all around him. It looked comical to me, so I did not go in the room to lower the bed. I asked the nurse on the next shift if she would go in and lower the deceased man's bed (I was giving report) and we started giggling, we shouldn't have, but we did. Thank goodness the funeral home came to get the body right at that time. I still feel guilty for laughing, but if you are a nurse, if you can't laugh sometimes, you'll cry all of the time.
  10. by   nursejanedough
    I just read my old post about the elderly man cranked up into the sitting position. I left out the funniest part. The good CNA had left his eyes open. It was a weird scene with his family surrounding him. I could not go in that room to close his eyes or lower his bed.
  11. by   Sunshine55
    A teenage boy arrived at his Pediatrician's office in apparent distress but would not reveal to the receptionist or the Nurse why he need to see the Physician. When the Doc examined him he noted his penis was extremely swollen, erect and very red and the boy stated he had been unable to urinate for at least 24 hours. It appeared there was a blockage of some sort. When questioned about it, the boy said he had fallen on a pick up stick. You know those pick up sticks you played with as as a kid that look like toothpicks but thicker and about 8 inches long. Just try to imagine someone falling on one of those and have it go straight up their penis!
  12. by   Nitengail
    I finally found a place to post one of the funniest events that ever happened to me.
    I am an oncology nurse in an Oncologist's office and infuse chemotherapy. I find that sometimes I take some of the strangest phone calls......but the best one yet I took about 2 weeks ago.
    I have a patient who has breast cancer...she is very young at the age of 32. Her husband was in attendance at each of her chemo infusions and about 4 days after her second cycle of chemo I took a call from the young man. He says, "Diane, bare with me, you will think I'm crazy but hear me out." "You know when my wife has chemo she gets tired and don't want to eat as much and we have to check her counts, right?" And I said,"Yes". He proceeds to tell me that the family dog was sick for 4 days, wouldn't eat, wouldn't drink and wanted to sleep all the time. He thought his wife was emitting chemo from her pores since she gave the dog his meds by shoving them down the dog's throat and of course the dog would lick the wife just as a show of affection. He had concerns that the dog was getting doses of chemo through the pores of her skin. I explained to him that chemo is not emitted from the pores of the skin. He became concerned and reported that he took the dog to the vet and they found out that all of the dog's blood counts were low.....just like his wife who takes chemo....While trying to contain my laughter.....I envisioned a dog suffering from alopecia and asked, "By chance, does your dog drink from the toilet, since chemo is excreted by the kidneys?" Of course, he answered, "I don't think so." Long story made short, the dog had some sort of disk injury of its back which made the dog lethargic and anorexic....not sure how that relates to his pancytopenia. Moral of this story, patients have to flush twice and just for good measure keep the lid down.
  13. by   john privett
    Originally posted by roth0003:
    Our web site - www2.mc.duke.edu/9200bmt/ - has a section entitled "The Lighter Side of Nursing"; we'd hoped to get folks sharing true - and funny - stories from their nursing practice there. So far, not many submissions. Anyone care to share?

    Thanks!

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