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Statements taken completely out of context...and are FUNNY!

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience.

I work mostly in Ortho trauma. Something I said last week turned into fodder for entertainment by my group of docs. We were reaming for an ICBG and I had never used a reamer before. The surgeon patiently showed me how to change out the heads of the reamers. Not so easy. He likes to do his cases quickly and appreciates efficiency. He told me to have one reamer up on the mayo and have another prepared so that he can ream while I am saving the reamings for the graft.

I was starting to get the hang of it, but this one reamer head WOULD NOT COME OFF! He was starting to get impatient with me. I said, "I'm sorry Dr. X, but I CANNOT GET THIS HEAD OFF!" One of the techs started to snicker while I was sweating bullets. Dr. X says in an exasperated voice, "Canes, just grab it real hard and jerk it off! It's not that difficult!" Well, the entire room fell into fits of laughter.

Another day last month I was coming in to relieve a scrub tech for lunch. Sometimes they like to wait until all of the implants are in before being relieved. We were putting in plates and screws for a humeral ORIF and the tech says to me, "I don't want to leave until we are done screwing. Come back in 5." Oh my goodness. Again, everyone laughed like little kids!

I think the funniest thing that I have heard was our surgeon announcing after a difficult hardware removal, "We are one screw away from calling this a victory!"

What are some of the things that you have said or heard during a case that turned out to be funny?

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience.

Seeing that my post did not receive any replies, I must interpret that as my post being offensive to some, and for that I totally apologize. It was meant as sharing some heated moments that were turned into funny moments. Again, my sincerest apologies if I have offended.

daVinciNurse

Specializes in OR. Has 13 years experience.

I, for one, was not offended. I know I've said or heard similar things...just can't recall them at this time!

BridgetJones

Specializes in LTAC, OR. Has 3 years experience.

Oh no Canes, no offense whatsoever! I was wishing I had something funny to post too, but I don't right at the moment. It takes more than a joke about screwing to offend an OR nurse...:lol2:

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience.

WHEW! Thanks guys for the comments.

SandraCVRN

Specializes in OR Hearts 10. Has 13 years experience.

I thought we just did something similar to this not long ago....

nursinadream

Specializes in L&D, OR, travel. Has 37 years experience.

Canesdukegirl, I too did not find any offense in the post. It was a good giggle or 2. I'm just not a storyteller....but I do LOL here in front of my computer and sometimes all day in the OR. I enjoy all your posts, really and I love your name and your avatar. Tell us what they mean!

Deb in KY

RNOTODAY, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU, ER, OR. Has 18 years experience.

we say this almost everyday ...

" can you two DO EACHOTHER for lunch?

Mr. & Mrs. RN

Specializes in OR. Has 9 years experience.

I was trying to figure out the Wound Class for a lap chole. I was TRYING to say "Did you have any stone or bile spillage?" Instead I mixed the two words together and asked the surgeon, "Dr. X, did you have a bone, er...I mean" He just started laughing and said, well you do look really nice today, but no. I was so embarrassed.

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience.

I was trying to figure out the Wound Class for a lap chole. I was TRYING to say "Did you have any stone or bile spillage?" Instead I mixed the two words together and asked the surgeon, "Dr. X, did you have a bone, er...I mean" He just started laughing and said, well you do look really nice today, but no. I was so embarrassed.

How FUNNY!!!

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience.

Canesdukegirl, I too did not find any offense in the post. It was a good giggle or 2. I'm just not a storyteller....but I do LOL here in front of my computer and sometimes all day in the OR. I enjoy all your posts, really and I love your name and your avatar. Tell us what they mean!

Deb in KY

Deb, thank you for saying that you were not offended. Sometimes I hesitate to post the comments that can seem inappropriate, but some of the things that are said are just too funny not to share! When you are dealing with bones and screws, there are bound to be some funny stories that arise!

My avatar pic was sent to me by one of my FB friends who knows that this dog looks just like my dog when she was a puppy. We rescued her from a shelter and she is my only child:) My name comes from my love of sports. I live in NC and pull for the Carolina Hurricanes. Everyone in my family went to Duke, so of course I love Duke! Thank you for asking!

its ironic how a lot of these scenarios come from ortho cases. I got 2: 1 from ortho and 1 from general.

i was scrubbed in on a total knee. I was always taught that when cementing, u keep a piece of cement for yourself so u can feel how dry is has become. Well that day i had a large piece so i split it in half and was handling it and marveling how warm that cement got. Well needless to say i got a laughter from everyone in the room when the doctor asked me how the cement was coming along to which i replied "its only gets hard if u play with it"

the second scenario involved a lap chole. The surgeon requested a suction irrigator, i quickly opened it and ran to the warmer to get a bag of saline. As I was hanging the bag and attaching the saline to the irrigator the surgeon said "make sure u give my bag a good squeeze"

angiern10

Specializes in Ortho.

I do mostly orthopedics and not a day goes by that something is said that is turned into something else, usually naughty. I work in a hospital that has a good number of surgical tech students almost daily and the first thing I warn a student about is the conversations that can go on in the rooms. Sometimes we can get down right nasty. It is all in good fun.

I'm not offended by any of the above posts. It is all in good fun.

I have worked OR for over 15 years and sometimes a funny joke or comment can reduce the tension in the room. What is sad though, is that there are some lurkers in the OR that look for reasons to turn in physicians or staff for any little comment.

Today-

"You keep ramming it into her jaw...you need a smaller instrument!"

"John, if it grows any bigger, let us all have a feel"

I pulled a total goofball moment today. The scrub asked me for one of the shoulder rolls we made (from sheets and tape). I asked "do you want the longer skinny one, or the short fat one?" Everyone got a kick out of it....even myself :) I am in my 3rd week of orientation. I love the OR, can't imagine being anywhere else.

kat von b

Specializes in OR-ortho, neuro, trauma. Has 4 years experience.

I had a few good ones last week....

cysto room my tech says to me "you're gonna get wet today"

ortho case "is it (cement) hard enough yet?" a few min later "just ram it in there"

LMAO I love my job!!

solneeshka, BSN, RN

Specializes in PACU, Surgery, Acute Medicine. Has 11 years experience.

When feeling that strange dissonance of seeing a co-worker in street clothes: "Sorry, I almost didn't recognize you with clothes on!"

"can someone rub my tip quick, I can't do it myself" - a surgeon doing his first DaVinci case.

I know this thread has been here awhile...but I just had to comment. I've had several surgeries on my ankle for a trimalleolar fracture (ORIF, harware removal, scope and finally tibiotalar fusion), and I chose general anesthesia for each one (cause I'm a coward). Now...I really, really wish I'd been awake because I would have totally appreciated the humor!! Drat!! :D