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!