by Jennifer Purdie, staff writer
June 13, 2012 - NurseZone.com held a special promotion during Nurses Week (May 6-12) this year. With the theme “Humor,” nurses were tasked to write about a comedic event that occurred at work. NurseZone.com staffers poured over the entries, had a few giggles and found our winners.
We extend a hearty congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner--Jennifer Thornton of Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. Thornton works in the PACU (recovery room). She won an iPad 2 and an autographed copy of the book “Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul,” by LeAnn Thieman. Four follow-up winners also received an autographed copy of Thieman’s book.
“I am so excited and thrilled about this and so is my unit. I will be able to use the iPad 2 for work as we have surgical patients who can’t hear or speak a language other than English, so I will be able to use it to communicate with. I have tried with my iTouch, but the screen is too small. This will be perfect!” said Thornton.
The winning entries:
Grand prize winner
Working in the surgical recovery room one day, I was preparing to discharge a patient to the outpatient side of our unit which involved moving my patient from a stretcher to a recliner and transporting him over to the opposite side of our unit. I realized that my wording needed changing when I said to him, “You are going to the other side now.” The patient became panicked-stricken and replied, “How bad was it? Am I dying?” I now choose my words more carefully.
On this particular day, I was scrubbing in ortho doing total joints. Our Togas (disposable gowns) have stickers on the inside sleeves: L for left, R for right, Top & Bottom. Those stinking little things stick like crazy to your elbows/arms. I had to stop at Food Lion on the way home. Little did I know, those stickers were on my arms. This little old lady comes up to me and says, “Honey, don't you know your left from your right?” which I replied, “No ma'am not today.”
A patient had called and left a message for me to call him back on his cell phone. I called that number and all I could hear was a background conversation and an echoing of myself calling the patient’s name. Assuming that this was a bad connection, I said into the phone that I was sorry that I could not hear him and would call right back in hopes for a better connection. When I called back, he was laughing. His cell phone was in his back pocket and all he could hear is “someone from somewhere” calling his name. I was talking to his back pocket. I thanked him for the laugh.
We had a patient having cataract surgery, the surgeon told the nurse to “put that bottle down,” referring to the BSS irrigation on the IV pole. The patient replied, “Is she drinking?”
In training a new nurse to pick cases for the OR, the pick-list item was an applicator stick, but the nurse assigned to that case in the OR suite found a rectal swab on the case cart instead. I had to keep a straight face when I explained to the trainee the difference, as I tried to get the rectal swab into my ear. She turned red as a rose realizing the innocent mistake that she made. We had such a good, much-needed laugh.