Yep. EVERYONE says it where I work as well. I am only 6 months in ER, and when I first started, it made me all self conscious until I realized that more often than not, my patients immediately tell me that. For some reason, some people enjoy it when they are a hard stick, I don't get it. Maybe it makes them feel special or whatever..or maybe that's just my perception of it. Anyway, yes! It cracks me up now when someone says that.
And just to continue agreeing with the OP, some patients actually are a REALLY hard stick. Especially the ESRD folks.
BTW, do y'all use lidocaine freely? I have never once used it. If it's a child that is around the 6-7 year old range, I will put EMLA cream on. I really don't like that age because they are old enough to understand, but not really understand and it traumatizes them.