We all know that patients say some crazy things…but what happens when those crazy things are directed at YOU?! Once a nickname takes hold at work, it can be hard to shake off! Check out their hilarious answers (and yes, quite a few nicknames were created by those patients!).
We had a very confused patient and she insisted I stole her cell phone. When we called it, it was in her purse in her closet.
Still don’t understand that one! This patient called me that for over a year!
Working inpatient psych, I had someone who called me “Feets” (because she said I was looking at her “feets”) and then proceeded to chase me at a full-fledged run.
…no idea where he got that, but the nickname stuck and others now call me that!
I was passing meds and told an elderly, confused, hard-of-hearing patient that I was going to bring in her eye drops. She then proceeded to call me “Eye Doctor” all night long; even when she had to be changed or had to pee, she would call out, asking for “Eye Doctor!”
…weird because I’m a brunette. LOL!
A patient with ICU psychosis called me “The Customer Service Rep.”
I had a psych patient call me a camel and then try to throw his water in my face because I needed water.
I work in an ASC and we get our scrubs from a linen service. Lately the press job has been very poor and the scrubs are very wrinkled when we put them on. After getting a dose of Versed, one of my patients told me I looked like a blue scrotum. Oy!
I work in a nursing home and there is one resident who calls me “Vampira” because it seems to her all I do is take blood from her for blood glucose checks!!!
An angry psych patient once called me
I was working the night shift with a newly diagnosed dementia patient who started seeing an elephant in the window. I moved away from the bedside to adjust the blinds on the window and he fussed because the elephant moved. It was then that I realized he had seen the reflection of my backside in the window…from that night on he called me “Elephant!”
A “non-human.” I’m still not sure what that means….
“The commander of evil forces.” Still proud of that one!
What’s the weirdest thing a patient has ever called you? Share in the comments section below.
This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.