Frightful tantrums frequently exploded from a middle aged male patient when I was a student nurse on psychiatric rotation. With little or no provocation, the man’s ruddy complexion turned purple, his eyes shot fire, he’d shout obscenities, and then, finally stomp off. After one such incident, another patient asked, “What’s the matter with that guy, anyway?”
Fumbling for words, I responded, “Well, after all, that’s why he’s here.”
“Yeah,” he responded, “But even though a guy’s crazy, he can still be pleasant.”
Classic JNJ Humor from Arlene Evans, RN
The nurse who can smile when things are going wrong is going off duty!
We’d just gotten a new resident on the skilled nursing floor where I work, and I was taking his history. Mr. J was a really nice guy, very friendly and amiable. He shared that he’d been retired for a while now.
“What type of work did you do?” I asked him.
“I used to be a building contractor, but now I’m a secret agent.”
I thought I didn’t hear him right. “What did you say?”
“I’m a secret agent,” Mr. J laughed. He lifted his hand, and I could see he had Parkinson’s. “I’m shaking, not stirred!”
Contributed by Rita R, Illinois