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What pranks have you played on your boss?

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Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN. Has 23 years experience.

I need a laugh and perhaps some ideas. So come on all you pranksters out there - fess up.

I'll start with a couple:

1. Wander alarm - I had a coworker distract my DON while I placed a wander alarm in her pocket. Every time she tried to leave the unit the doors would lock. She called maintenance a couple of times and they assured her everything is in working order. She tried all the doors in the unit (4) and finally called maintenance a third time and after being subjected to several funny remarks by maintenance, they finally figured it out. Later that day, she called me to her office, got the wander alarm out of a drawer and just when I thought it was time to pay the piper, she casually says, "I believe this is from your unit, would you see that it gets back there."

2. Rattlesnake paper clip - I bend a large paper clip into the shape of a bow, attached a rubber band with a smaller paper clip in the middle to it, wound it up and carefully placed it in an envelope with my DON's name on it and placed it on the desk at the nurse's station. When she opened the envelope, the rubber band unwound and the small paper clip rattled the envelope. She shrieked, through the envelope down and stomped off.

To my former DONs and supervisors: Thank you for being such good sports.

BEDPAN76

Specializes in LTC, MDS, Education.

Well. systoly, truthfully, right now I would like to play a prank on my former(as of today) DON that would involve her LOSING HER LICENSE!!!

systoly

Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN. Has 23 years experience.

Sorry to hear that. Sounds like you had a bad experience. My sincere wishes for a better tomorrow.

SolaireSolstice, BSN, RN

Specializes in Adult Oncology.

We once put a bedside commode in our NM's office with a few bite sized unwrapped chocolate bars in it.

Another time we blew up like 20 packages of balloons and put them all in her office. We could barely get the door closed.

She was a good sport, but finally took the weekend charge nurse's key to her (the NM's) office away.

AngelfireRN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in med-surg, psych, ER, school nurse-CRNP. Has 15 years experience.

This one was good, and was not even intentional...

We were having a send-off for a fellow co-worker who loved frogs. My gift to her was this dinner-plate-size resin frog statuette that croaked when you walked by. My boss hid it in her bottom file cabinet drawer for safekeeping.

Can you tell where this is headed?

About 4 hours later, we hear this blood-curdling shriek, followed by some choice words, followed by the slam of a file cabinet drawer.

Boss had forgotten about the frog being in there, opened the drawer, and scared herself silly.

I knew I might get into trouble for it, but I literally got down in the floor over that one. Eventually, she laughed too.

beachmom

Has 6 years experience.

Before I was a nurse I did medical transcription out of my home for a doctor. The doctor would dictate his notes on his patients. I would pick up a tape each day, type it at home, print it and bring it in the next day.

One day I printed a page of transcription with a font that looked like the cursive you see on diplomas. I told the doctor I had computer trouble, and I was sorry but this was the only font that worked. He was really upset until he turned to the next page which said "April fool," and underneath that was the completed transcription in the proper arial font.

suejara

Specializes in pediatrics.

Last year one of the doctors in our office broke her right arm. One of the other doctors has a life sized model of an arm which displays different types of tuberculin skin tests and how to read them. Well for our X-mas secret Santa gift we wrapped up the "PPD" arm and gave it to her. She ended up getting her real secret Santa gift right after but we all had a good laugh when she opened her present.

husker_rn, RN

Specializes in med-surg 5 years geriatrics 12 years.

We got a bedpan and put apple juice and bite sized Baby Ruths in it. Let it sit awhile and put on the boss' desk. Looked like the real thing. Good thing she had a sense of humor.

systoly

Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN. Has 23 years experience.

Here's one that was on me. Worked 7p to 7a in LTC. Sometime around 2 am, while walking back to the desk after rounds, I noticed a dark object on the floor in the hallway. The hallway lights were dim and I couldn't make out what it was, but thought it might be a resident's shoe and went to pick it up. Just as I was getting reday to reach for it, I saw a big, black, ugly rat. I jumped so far I think I could have made the olympics. Of course it was a fake rat, strategically placed by my dear coworkers.

systoly

Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN. Has 23 years experience.

Oh yeah, just thought of another good one, again on me. Same place and shift around 6 am, glad to be caught up and talking to dietary staff while enjoying some fresh java. One of the CNAs comes up to me, casually puts her hand on my shoulder and says, "we had a good night didn't we". Not paying much attention, I just said, " we sure did", and continued talking to dietary. About a minute later, the same CNA, with a terrified look on her face and a shaky voice goes, " systoly, what's that on your shoulder?". As I turn my head and look at my shoulder out of the corner of my eye, I come face to face with a big ugly bug. Another olympic jump and I swear I saw the coffee jump out of my cup and all over my whites in slow motion. Of course the bug was fake, again, strategically placed while I was distracted. I can assure you, trying to play it cool while wearing a half a cup of coffee all over a white shirt just doesn't work. When the DON came in, she immediately offered to inservice me. "We'll start with bringing the cup closer to your mouth", she said. What can I say - owned again.

SaraO'Hara

Specializes in LTC, Subacute Rehab. Has 5 years experience.

I found a small rubber mouse at work last Halloween...

1. Hid it in the narc drawer before counting out with the night shift. Poor night nurse opened the drawer, screeched, jumped five feet straight backward. She hasn't forgiven me yet...

2. Our chart rack is a circular carousel. I set the mouse on top of the protruding end of a chart... DON came along, reached for a chart... shrieked, jumped, threw the chart across the station in the process.

I still have the mouse... :D

I worked in a bank prior to nursing, and our prez went on vacation the week after Christmas. We had those white 3D wooden reindeer outside for decor, brought 4 of them in and placed them in his office in very suggestive positions, two on his desk and two on the floor, awaiting his return.

When he came back from vacation, he entered his office for the first time with a client right on his heels. Client thought it was hilarious, boss not so much...

murphyle, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Critical Care (CEN, CCRN). Has 4 years experience.

Pulled this one on two professors at our nursing education lab. We all decided to go out for lunch together, and one professor is known for being absolutely horrible with directions. Naturally, she's driving. In downtown Detroit, no less. She proceeds to get into an argument with Prof #2 in the passenger seat, who actually does know her way; Prof #1 insists that she knows where she's going (she doesn't).

One of my lesser known talents is an ability to imitate voices. From the back of the minivan, I break out my best navigation system imitation: "In one quarter of a mile, turn left."

Prof #2: "Oh, what are you arguing about? You have OnStar!"

Prof #1: "No I don't!"

Prof #2: "But it just told you to turn left!"

Prof #1: (terribly confused, but turns left)

Me: (OnStar voice) "Proceed about three quarters of a mile."

Prof #1: "(Prof #2), I swear to you I don't have OnStar! I don't know what that is!"

Prof #2: "Well, maybe it's in your phone or something, but I know that's OnStar. I have it in my car, and that's the same voice."

Prof #1: (losing her mind)

Me: (OnStar voice) "Your destination is ahead on the right. This concludes the route guidance."

Prof #2: "See, isn't modern technology great? We're right here at the restaurant."

Me: (in my own voice) "You're welcome."

Prof #2, after realizing they'd both been had, fell out laughing and asked for an encore. Prof #1 threatened to make me walk back until I reminded her that she might need help with directions... ;)

systoly

Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN. Has 23 years experience.

Pulled this one on two professors at our nursing education lab. We all decided to go out for lunch together, and one professor is known for being absolutely horrible with directions. Naturally, she's driving. In downtown Detroit, no less. She proceeds to get into an argument with Prof #2 in the passenger seat, who actually does know her way; Prof #1 insists that she knows where she's going (she doesn't).

One of my lesser known talents is an ability to imitate voices. From the back of the minivan, I break out my best navigation system imitation: "In one quarter of a mile, turn left."

Prof #2: "Oh, what are you arguing about? You have OnStar!"

Prof #1: "No I don't!"

Prof #2: "But it just told you to turn left!"

Prof #1: (terribly confused, but turns left)

Me: (OnStar voice) "Proceed about three quarters of a mile."

Prof #1: "(Prof #2), I swear to you I don't have OnStar! I don't know what that is!"

Prof #2: "Well, maybe it's in your phone or something, but I know that's OnStar. I have it in my car, and that's the same voice."

Prof #1: (losing her mind)

Me: (OnStar voice) "Your destination is ahead on the right. This concludes the route guidance."

Prof #2: "See, isn't modern technology great? We're right here at the restaurant."

Me: (in my own voice) "You're welcome."

Prof #2, after realizing they'd both been had, fell out laughing and asked for an encore. Prof #1 threatened to make me walk back until I reminded her that she might need help with directions... ;)

:yeah::yeah::up::up::up: :D

abbaking

Specializes in Telemetry, Med-Surg, ED, Psych.

a few months ago a coworker of mine had a "box" her daughter made in shop class. It looked like an old fashioned jewelery box - nicely decorated. She told me her daughter had some nice jewelery for her inside it. Of course she insisted that i open it up. As I opened the box, a fake rat witth fake blood jumped out of the box at me....I screamed, ran, and flipped out.....

very very funny

One of my co-workers became the nurse manager of the ICU I worked in. We found that the keys to her office was on the charge nurse key ring. We TPed the WHOLE OFFICE and then some.

Another time we got into her office and rigged a large bat that would drop down to eye level when she opened the door...talk about scream! Then we gave her a hard time because Halloween was her favorite holiday and she screamed over a "little" bat.

Same nurse manager, one time I worked a 3 day 12 hour weekend and we had a little elderly lady that would call out anyone's name that you told her. So....what do we do??

With the cooperation of the night shift, we told her all weekend that if she needed anything to call for "Kathy". Kathy walks in Monday morning to the melodious sounds of Mrs. B calling out "Kathy", Where are you?? I thought Kathy was going to get us!

noreenl

Specializes in school RN, CNA Instructor, M/S.

My husband did something similar do a nurse when he was in the hospital for

I & D of a particularly nasty slicing of an artery in his leg that was not stitched properly. (Surgeon missed a small artery and my husband woke up with an ankle twice its normal size! OOOPS!)

Anyway he hated this one nurse who kept refering to herself as the patient.

"How are WE feeling today?" "Did we eat all our Breakfast? etc ad nauseum Get the picture?

First of all my husband HATES apple juice. Every day he would cross it out on the menu and every morning there it was on his tray!! For some disgustingly odd reason his favorite nurse comes in and places an empty specimen cup on the table with his breakfast tray (Wait for it!!) and asked him for a urine sample. "Can we fill this for me?'' she asked.

Well my husband filled the cup with the hated apple juice and when the nurse came to get the specimen cup she said "My we are a little cloudy today and my crazy lovable husband Said this" WELL, WHY DON'T WE RUN IT THROUGH AGAIN!" and proceeded to drink the "urine". The nurse ran screaming from the room and my husband and I laughed so hard that I had to use my albuterol because I couldn't breathe!!!!

I_LOVE_TRAUMA, RN

Specializes in ED/trauma. Has 13 years experience.

Not that long ago a co-worker & friend of ours became our ANM, & it went straight to her head. She immediately took it too far-started prancing around & checking up on everyone & pointing out little silly things that we missed doing (things that she never used to do) even though we were extremely short staffed & it was peak trauma season. She was extremely moody & grouchy & got REALLY mad when I told her that she was acting like she had permanent PMS. She told us that we were just jealous that she was picked over us for the job-even though she was only picked for the job b/c those of us that were asked to take the position turned it down. Needless to say...we had to turn her down a notch...so when I worked that week, we unlocked her office (I had the key cause I'm charge) & we filled her office (I mean TOTALLY filled her office) with ketchup covered maxi-pads-probably used 50 or so...When we saw her face I laughed so hard I literally dribbled a bit & had to change my scrubsKinda backfired though...she is still so mad, that we have to always CYA, she is constantly looking for some reason to write us up or get us fired.The best part...when our NM found out she thought it was the funniest thing ever...