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Overheard from the nurses station IV

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We asked and you responded! The first, second and third versions of these hilarious anecdotes were so funny that we had to publish more of what you happened to hear while on your shift! Here are the best conversations that nurses have overheard recently.

Family member (on cell phone in the ER): Yeah, as soon as they say mom’s okay we’ll meet you back at the bar.
Overheard by Wendy Herman

Doctor: The patient weighed 8 lbs., 16 oz. at birth [also known as 9 lbs.!].
Overheard by Christy Buettner Pacer

Nurse 1: Do you know Megan’s last name?
Nurse 2: Megan who?
Overheard by Jen

Patient (after hopping onto a bed and breaking wind): Oh, I’m sorry.
Nurse: That’s okay, it’s like music to my ears.
Patient: Well, what kind of music are you listening to?
Overheard by Lana Greene

Nurse 1: So he lost his site?
Nurse 2: No, he can still see.
(Nurse 1 was referring to patient’s IV site!)
Overheard by Stephanie Craig

Patient (on sign-in sheet): OMFG, my ankle hurts like WTF.
Seen by ALE

Share your favorite “overheards” with us in the comments below!

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7 Responses to Overheard from the nurses station IV

  1. nurselinda61 RN

    patient: Have you ever smelled moth balls?

    me/nurse: yes….

    patient/elderly gentleman: How’d you ever get close enough to smell them?! (cute, and nice to have a sense of humor even when we’re sick.)

  2. acousins1969 LPN

    Me: Mr. Jones, Do you know where you are?
    Patient: yes? (Like I’m crazy for asking that question)
    Me: Where are you?
    Patient: I’m right here.

  3. carollynnSKJ Caption Contest

    Here are a few managed care reviews from RN’s.:
    1) Pt has menstrual valve prolapse.
    2) Pt has arterial fibrillation
    3) Pt was sent back to the psych unit after he decomposed.

  4. carollynnSKJ Caption Contest

    German LPN was frustrated while he was giving out Meds to a patient who only spoke Spanish. LPN’s face turned read while responding to the Pt and said, in his heavy German accent, “Fermez la boca!”

  5. BlueMoon6

    Elderly patient: Did you bring me my sleeping pill?
    Nurse: I have it right here so now you can rest in peace.
    (loud laughter from the patient in the next bed)
    (I actually did say this to a patient when I was in nursing school and am still mortified to this day)

  6. crazycatlady55

    After the ER doctor went over some after care instructions and X-ray results with the father of 11 y/o pt, I overheard the father tell his son, “Well, I’m glad it’s a fracture and not a break!”

  7. Colleen64

    Nurse (me): Have you ever had heartburn, abdominal pain, or heard the term GERD?
    Patient: Yup, I have a “hyena hernia.”
    Nurse (me, trying NOT to break into hysterical laughter): Do you mean a “Hiatal Hernia?”
    Patient: Nope, pretty sure it’s a hyena hernia, it’s much worse than that Hiatal one.

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