Funniest Nursing Situation

  1. What is your funniest Nursing situation you have ever been in.... Mine was

    As a Nursing Home Administrator and Nurse I once went to the wrong funeral. Two people in a small town with same unusual name had funerals same day, heck I had a 50/50 shot at getting it right. Some of the staff still send me random obits asking if I would like to go.
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  3. by   ruby_jane
    I have nothing as funny as that!!
  4. by   Buckeye.nurse
    Here's one that happened a few weeks ago. We had a patient on our floor who asked to be a No Release of Information due to "baby mama drama" (his exact words). Apparently, he was afraid that she would come to his hospital room to give him a piece of her mind. We honored his wishes, and replaced the standard door card (first initial, last name, and attending MD) with the NRI card.

    Fast forward several days, and we admitted a new patient into the room beside him. You all know the type--older, kind, but more nosy than they have the right to be. She saw the NRI room card on the next door over, and it was driving her crazy because she didn't know what it meant. She finally worked up the courage to ask me. "I know you probably can't say because of HIPAA, but why doesn't my neighbor have the regular room card? I can't figure it out, but so far my best guesses are that he is a narcotics officer or in the witness protection program."

    I choked out a "Keep guessing, you're kinda on the right track" before hastily leaving her room and dissolving into giggles.
  5. by   Crush
    Many years ago, I answered a call light and the person needed help getting off a bedpan. So I got the person all cleaned up and was heading to the bathroom with the bedpan full of one of the biggest code browns ever without an epidural. I had forgotten to turn of the call light and the nurse came into the room and scared the beejeesus out of me, causing me to jump and drop the bedpan.

    The patient laughed so hard they got the hiccups and complained their ribs and abs were hurting. The nurse froze and could not help me from laughing so hard. And I am torn between laughing and throwing up cause guess who needed cleaning up then? This is why I now ALWAYS have a second pair of scrubs in my car.
  6. by   Kitiger
    Quote from Crush
    Many years ago, I answered a call light and the person needed help getting off a bedpan. So I got the person all cleaned up and was heading to the bathroom with the bedpan full of one of the biggest code browns ever without an epidural. I had forgotten to turn of the call light and the nurse came into the room and scared the beejeesus out of me, causing me to jump and drop the bedpan.

    The patient laughed so hard they got the hiccups and complained their ribs and abs were hurting. The nurse froze and could not help me from laughing so hard. And I am torn between laughing and throwing up cause guess who needed cleaning up then? This is why I now ALWAYS have a second pair of scrubs in my car.
    This one takes the cake!

    I peed my pants laughing.
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    A co-worker and I got the giggles one hot August full-moon night and couldn't help ourselves. We went in to change one patient, trying desperately to keep quiet, until I turned around and knocked a large vase of flowers onto the floor. CRASH! That woke up the patient and he roundly cursed us both as we broke up laughing. THEN I slipped in the water on the floor and landed, hard, on my posterior, which led me to issue a profanity of my own...well, that changed the patient's attitude and HE broke up, as well as my co-worker who was literally crying from laughter.

    We got in trouble the next day because several patients complained about the noise, and of course I was chewed out for using a curse word in front of a patient, for which I was genuinely apologetic. I pride myself on my professionalism. But neither of us ever forgot that night!
  8. by   sallyrnrrt
    Oh, viva.....I could see me doing that
  9. by   Cat365
    One of my first time cathing a man was an older gentleman with dementia. He was in the ER for altered mental state and I needed urine. I asked him to pee and held a urinal for him. No go. I would ask one thing and he would respond with a comment completely unrelated to the conversation.

    So here I am with his penis in my hand and he suddenly looks up and says ""Does it still work? Is it doing what you want it to do? I think it's broke."
  10. by   KelRN215
    My favorite was the time a 4 year old with a lumbar drain asked his Dad and me if the CSF draining out of his back was "pee."
  11. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Cat365
    So here I am with his penis in my hand and he suddenly looks up and says ""Does it still work? Is it doing what you want it to do? I think it's broke."
    laugh-til-cry-
  12. by   Guy in Babyland
    My story is before nursing. I worked as an EKG tech and was performing a routine 12 lead ekg on a little 86 yr old lady. She was a double mastectomy, so it was fairly straight forward. After I completed the test, I started removing the ekg patches (round 3M type with metal snap in middle). Before I removed the last two, she said "Can you leave those two? I haven't had nipples since I was 26." I couldn't help laughing. Her request caught me off guard.
  13. by   DoeRN
    I was a PCT at the time and I was helping a nurse cath an obese older man. He had an "innie" and she said to him, "where is it?" He said, "lady that is one thing you should never say to a man!" I almost passed out because I was holding my breath trying not to laugh hysterically.
  14. by   K+MgSO4
    It was my first year of nursing.
    This patient came in who was a paraplegic who had recurrent bowel obstructions. Daughter refused our hospital air mattress and brought in thier own matress from home....of course no spare bed available to inflate the mattress on so we inflated it on the treatment room trolley, gathered up the team, both HCA, 2 nursing students, 2 nurses.

    Kick out all families out of the 6 bed room, including the batty priest who used to turn up to preach unannounced and not allowed by the ward management. Curtains around 5 other pts and door closed. Pep talk to the gang 10 min to do this before dinner arrives.

    Hoisted him up on the mobile hoist, plain mattress off, wrestling with the air mattress and we hear plop, plop, plop. Look up to see a huge river of poop coming out of this man onto his bed frame - a metal bed frame with a million holes and spraying up with the force into mine and one of the HCA hair....thankfully we had our faces turned away as we were wrestling with the mattress.

    The only thing I could think of to deal with this out pouring was to grab the rubbish bin and hold it under him while he resolved his obstruction. Poor pt was apologising to us all and all I could do was laugh at the situation. Anne and I were already filthy so we did the dirty work cleaning and the others put him into his wheelchair after the most insane cleaning with the poor man dangling in our mobile hoist.

    Now a massive poop explosion is not quiet or odour free .....not a single one of the 5 men in that room wanted dinner that night, but suddenly they all wanted to walk even the guy who had been carrying on like a porkchop all day about his intra abdominal gas post lap chole and would not engage with me to mobilize.

    The poor patient was mortified that myself and Anne had to go off and wash our hair, self and put on theatre scrubs. We worked in facility where we had white tunics with colour coded trims and colour coded pants. Both myself and Anne chucked a full uniform that night.....

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