“The specialty where nurses laugh the most is…”

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Nursing is an undeniably tough job, but it sure has its moments of humor, too. After all, if you’re not laughing, you’re crying! We wanted to know in which specialty nurses have the most laughs, so we turned to our Facebook fans for their responses! Which specialty is a laugh a minute? Read on to find out and cast your own vote!


“The specialty where nurses laugh the most is…”

ED, hands down. Where else can you play a round of “What’s in That Rectum?”
—J.R. McLain

ER—sometimes it’s so hard not to burst out laughing in front of your patients. Like this one time, I had a macho-looking patient who was wearing a red-and-white polka-dot G-string….
—Diana Naj

Psych nursing, hands down! Where else do your patients believe they are Jesus or President Obama? Pure entertainment at all times!
—Rashanda Banks

ICU! You’ll never find another unit where bed 1 is in awe over the psychedelic lights she sees due to her Digoxin overdose, bed 3 is perfecting restraint gymnastics and bed 6 has little worms peeking out from a place that little worms should never be…all to the lovely chiming of cardiac monitors.
—Katy Wentworth

Pediatric Emergency! You never know what’s going to come walking (or rolling) through those doors AND kids are so flipping hilarious!
—Erin Bass

L&D! Oh, the funny things that are said during a delivery…from docs and nurses to patients and family! One doctor always asked the FOB if he brought his buck knife to cut the umbilical cord! Nothing is sacred in L&D!!! When it’s good, it’s great! But when it’s bad, it’s awfully bad.
—Jill Harris Townley

IV Therapy…the big tattooed guys always cry….
—Jenna Blue Robbins

Scopes! Gastro/colonoscopy patients say funny stuff when sedated, and passing gas is still very funny to me.
—Erin Spencer

Geriatrics! They are so funny and don’t have many inhibitions left and just say anything.
—Georgina Valdez

Any area where there are patients!
—Lisa M. Moore

Tell us: What do you think is the specialty where you have the most laughs?

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8 Responses to “The specialty where nurses laugh the most is…”

  1. NurseElektra

    I second the ICU motion…
    We all seem to find humor in even the grimmest of places, and it keeps us from developing PTSD from all the sad and alarming things we see on a daily basis

  2. valh RN

    Neuro! Altered mental status leads to some truly bizarre conversations…

  3. CGedatus RN

    Pediatrics – kids do say some funny things!

  4. BreannandVinnie Ferloin

    Geriatrics…I agree, there are very few inhibitions left and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hear something new and amusing. The best is when they urinate on a Christmas tree in the lobby in front of people and when you try to redirect them they say “please just let me finish” as horrified visitors look on in pure terror.


    Public health sees & hears everything! If you have never talked to your local public health nurse – you should – education beyond anything taught in a classroom, or in a hospital room!

  6. cadawasp

    I know you will think I am nuts but home hospice is a trip. I have laughed with patients, families and colleagues more in hospice then any other place I have worked. Sometimes because of dementia, age or confusion and sometimes from the stories they tell. Among the staff it is a way to cope as well as being sure the team knows the paatients and families.

  7. bzwx

    Thank you for showing people how “thoughtful,” “caring” and “respectful” nurses are by laughing behind their patients’ backs.
    some nurses are in this to really help people, not just gather funny data/stories to tell during their next social event.
    mental illness is not to be made fun of, nor is a man who cries. These comments do not reflect the best of you.

    • Craftsman

      I agree, bzwx, that nursing is a serious business. I’ve worked in ICU, ER, Urgent Care, Hospice, and a few other places, and it is a very intense work we do. As such, there are stresses. For us men, stress causes a release of destructive hormones, among them testosterone and adrenaline. These can wreak havoc with us physically. Stress is what has driven many of the nurses, male and female, but too often male, out of the field. There is ‘gallows humor’ in all professions, nursing included. It serves to relieve the stress and to free the mind to continue doing a job that often involves life-saving decisions. Without stress release we might self-destruct. It’s not only nurses. I volunteer with fire and law enforcement civilian programs, and see similar stress relieving humor in those professions at times too. Those that take themselves too seriously often burn out, leave the field, and often become liabilities to the health and safety system rather than assets due to stress-related complications.
      The flip side, for me, is that I prefer to laugh with my clients/patients/residents, and not at them or behind their back. Bringing a situation into focus for all of us, nurse and patient, with a careful bit of humor,often allows resolution of problems and situations more rapidly than can be accomplished with funereal seriousness.