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Top 10 phrases that nurses say most


5. “Ring that call bell one more time and just see what happens.” (Generally not said very loudly.)

4. “No, I will not give you a sponge bath.”

3. “And how do you wipe your butt at home?”

2. “You’re going to feel a little prick…unless you don’t settle down, in which case it’s square needle time…those suckers hurt!”

And number one, always said with a big smile:

1. “I’m sorry to wake you, Doctor…”

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