10 more of your best practical jokes

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We’re always on the lookout for good, friendly practical jokes for nurses, and not too long ago we published some of your favorites. But you weren’t done yet!

So we’re back for another round of the best practical jokes you’ve pulled during your shift. Got even more? Leave them in the comments below!

“As a welcome to nursing students, they are sent to the pharmacy to fetch some glycerine eye drops and a fallopian tube.” —Nikki F.

“Got a colleague to bring me an incontinence pad smeared with dark chocolate mousse. ‘The patient in bay 3 just passed this.’ (Smelled it. Stuck finger in and tasted it.) ‘No… seems okay.’ Cue horrified looks and retching noises from two junior doctors.” Sue M.

“Working in theatres on night shift, convinced the orderly to lie on the theatre bed before the morning staff arrived and covered him with a sheet. When the morning staff went into the theatre to check the room, he started moaning and sat bolt upright. The staff ran out of the theatre screaming. So funny.” —Flee

“I used to answer the phone ‘You trach ’em, we take ’em.'” Anonymous

“One of my coworkers crawled under a resident’s bed, and when two of us came in to turn the lady, the one under bed grabbed my coworker’s leg and it scared the heck out of them, lol.” Eva K.

And finally, reader David H. appears to be doing all the pranking he can. Here are a few of his best jokes:

“Several years ago, I discovered that Windows computers had a keyboard option to rotate the screen, which is used in conference/meeting rooms, etc., that have upside-down- or sideways-mounting ceiling or wall projectors. This lets the presenter’s laptop correctly display their PowerPoint or whatever in the appropriate orientation. FYI, that keyboard combo is Ctrl-Alt plus any arrow key to rotate the display. It’s an absolute riot to watch someone return back to their computer in utter befuddlement as to why their mouse moves the opposite direction and why their display is suddenly upside down. Someone I once did this to literally was trying to turn the entire monitor upside down to fix it. Since many facilities use computers for charting, this fun trick comes in handy for pranks all over the place. Sadly, though, in certain installations of Windows or under certain circumstances, that functionality is disabled.

“We’d recently moved into the new part of our facility. There were only five floors in the hospital. Oddly, when you called someone in-house from the new fourth-floor waiting room phone, it showed up as ‘sixth-floor waiting room’ on the caller ID. Why/how the telecom people did this is beyond me, because as I said, there were only five floors. Nonetheless, it was all kinds of fun, calling various random units pretending to be a lost, confused patient looking for the bathroom, looking for ‘my socks,’ saying Tell Margaret to bring me my shotgun,’ etc… They wouldn’t have a clue where you were calling from, and pretending to be confused allowed me to tell them I didn’t know where I was, either.

“I once was discharging a male patient and he asked if he could get a clean urinal to take home. His dx and condition hadn’t and with him being d/c’d certainly didn’t warrant him needing to use a urinal, so I politely asked him what he was needing it for. He said he wanted to serve iced tea to his buddies after he got home. I told him I thought that sounded like a splendid idea and procured for him his new ‘iced-tea pitcher.’

“I’ve also done the urine specimen cup trick, but my liquid of choice was lemonade. Since lemonade is cloudy and pale yellow, the ‘urine’ appeared super nasty. I lightly placed the lid on the cup and walked up to my coworkers exclaiming how ‘gross this urine looked.’ As I was doing so, I removed the lid and chugged the lemonade. I still get a huge kick out of remembering all their faces, body language, and what they said to me during and after this little performance.

“I can discreetly make a cat meowing sound with my mouth. In a hospital in the middle of the night you wouldn’t expect to hear such a thing. It’s highly entertaining making that sound around new people and watching the quizzical and ‘what-the-heck’ looks on their faces as if they’re hearing things.”


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3 Responses to 10 more of your best practical jokes

  1. Sunshine58

    A patient had passed away on another floor and the CNAs had cleaned him up and had him halfway sitting up waiting for the family to come and see him. A coworker and I put the call bell in his hand and pushed it. The nurse and the 2 CNAs on that floor went in cautiously and said, “Can we help you?” We died laughing. Kind of a sick joke that only nurses and CNAs will understand.

  2. Sophia99

    Once we had a patient that had medical leeches applied to her massive abdominal wound. Most of us were grossed out by them. Nothing grosses me out but these things did. A a couple of truly brave nurses volunteered to that care of the patient thank God. Radiology came up to do a portable chest x-ray ( in the ICU) and I told them to be careful as there were the leeches on the patient. They thought I was kidding, when I walked away I hear screaming down the other end of the hall. A couple of them fell off. Then another time, I took a black magic marker and colored some paper black and cut out forms that looked like engorged leeches. When they get engorged they fall off. I placed them on the floor outside of the patient’s rooms ( patient was sedated on ventilator). I then went to the nurses station and said I think some of those leeches must have fallen off and were coming out of the room. The nurse taking care of the patient look off down the hall to “get”them only to find they were paper. Yup I was bad!

  3. Nurse420

    We had to have two nurses take a body to the morgue on night shift. One went to get the morgue key the other stayed with the body. P&P. One night a nurse took a body down and ran to the ER for the key leaving the body unattended. I walked down the hall as the pharmacist was hiding the body in the alcove of the hall. Nurse returned to no body she started yelling did you see a body I shook my head. She was pacing and looking for it until I said to the pharmacist you need to go help her. He said you lose something? With a smile she was mad and laughing at the same time. It had been in the opening next to her tjlin the hallway all along. I didn’t leave it unattended.