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11 Quotes from Nurses to Celebrate National Doctors’ Day


It’s time to celebrate the one million doctors and physicians currently working in the U.S. We all know how crucial doctors are to the healthcare industry, but nurses usually spend the most time with patients. To celebrate National Doctors’ Day, we asked millions of nurses how they feel about the doctors they work with by sharing some of their favorite one-liners.

Let’s just say nurses and doctors have a special relationship. Here’s what they said:

  1. “I’ll be there in 15 minutes” Maria C.
  2. “Doctor: GI bleeding patient on the way. Me: ??? Doctor: Sandostatin injection every 1hr Me: ?? Doctor: Duphalac enema every 2hr Me: ☹☹ Doctor: Patient refused admission to ICU Me: ??” – Fariido F.
  3. “How many doctors does it take to change a light bulb? One. He just stands there and waits for the world to revolve around him!” – Annie M.
  4. “Nurse: Doctor, can you order blah blah blah? Doctor: Yes, please.” – Benton G.
  5. “I once worked with a doctor that was so sarcastic. We were running a code on a patient and had the Teladoc on the screen. He kept asking us, ‘Where’s the doctor?’ Doctor comes in wearing his white coat. Tele doc says, ‘Are you the doctor?’ Doctor says ‘No, I’m f***ing housekeeping! What do you think?’ I’m f***ing housekeeping is now one of my favorite one liners.” – Jaclyn C.
  6. “I couldn’t get a heartbeat; I think he’s dead!” – Karen S.
  7. “I’ll see what I can do.” – Dee M.
  8. “If he dies, he dies.” – David M.
  9. “Dr asking patient on ventilator ‘Are you hungry?’” – Glynis B.
  10. “Do you want to speak to the doctor in charge or the nurse who knows what’s going on? ?” – Janelle S.
  11. “Working on ICU as staff nurse, received post op emergency AAA repair, surgeon told family surgery went well, overnight patient deteriorated and was started on inotropes. Following morning, consultant jumping up & down shouting/unhappy we started inotropes. I was asked and gave my answer to which he replied, ‘You can teach a monkey to change ventilator settings!!’ I kindly replied, ‘And it doesn’t take 2 vascular consultants & medical team to realize the patient was septic from necrotic bowel due to length of time of cross clamping.’ ?? Patient ended up in scanner / surgery – and lived. ? He was nice to me after that. ?” – Robbie M.

A big thanks to all the doctors out there and the nurses that help keep things running.


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