I was at the nurses’ station when a patient’s wife passed by, carrying a large, apparently heavy cardboard box. A few minutes later, the patient’s call light went on. I went into the room and the patient asked me if I would give this box to the doctor. I must have looked puzzled.
The patient said, “He told me to have my wife bring in all my old records!”
One of our docs has a reputation for being a world traveler. He’s a big game hunter and whenever he gets some free time flies off on these expeditions. He hunts caribou in the frozen North, wild boar in Texas — he recently got back from a African safari.
Another one of our doctors asked him how the trip went.
“It was terrible,” the doc said. “Very disappointing. I didn’t kill a thing. I might as well stayed here and worked!”
A man was wheeling himself frantically down the hall of the hospital in his wheelchair, just before his operation. A nurse stopped him and asked, “What’s the matter?”
He said, “I heard the nurse say, ‘It’s a very simple operation, don’t worry, I’m sure it will be all right.’”
“She was just trying to comfort you, what’s so frightening about that?”
“She wasn’t talking to me. She was talking to the doctor!”
10. The doctor can see you now. I’ve taken off his blindfold.
9. Is it just me, or does hamstring sound delicious?
8. You know you have a nut allergy — stay off the internet!
7. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate!
6. The greatest thing about Facebook is you can quote anyone and just make up the source — Jean Watson
5. If a smurf has low O2, what color do they turn?
4. Excited about the new KFC Double Down: Sandwich, Fries, and a Defibrilator
3. My patient is so old that when he was born the Dead Sea was only sick!
2. If mono doesn’t get better does it become stereo?
1. I’d tell you, but then HIPPAA says I’d have to kill you.
What’s the most essential resource a nurse has at their disposal?
That’s a hard question to answer. Sure, we’ve got all this training and medical know how. It’s really pretty hard to make it through the work day without either.
But for many nurses, particularly at this time of year, a sense of gratitude is nearly as critical. The nature of what we do, each and every day, gives up plenty of opportunities to say “Thank you!”
Thank you, when the wee baby who’s been gasping for every breath, finds the strength to make it through the night…and the night after that…and the night after that.
Thank you, when the patient who comes in in approximately 235 pieces, leaves the hospital in one (plus a few extra parts, just for good luck!) (more…)