Nurses are often seeing patients during their time of greatest need, so it still comes as a surprise every now and then just how lively patients can be.
But seriously—there should be a course in nursing school entirely dedicated to keeping a straight face when confronted with statements from patients that range from “a little bit wacky” to “downright sassy.” Good thing a strong poker face gets to be an on-demand part of the uniform…and sooner rather than later (if you’re lucky).
Curious as always, we asked you to share some of your most outlandish “Did you just hear that?” moments from the hospital on our Facebook page. Here’s the Top 10 list of what your fellow nurses had to say about what their patients had to say:
1. “I was doing pre-op registration on a 60-something male who was having a hernia repair. When I asked if he had any questions, he said, ‘Do I need to shave Big Jim and the twins?’ I managed to tell him ‘no’ with a straight face, but it took all the restraint I had. Once he was out of earshot, I burst out laughing.” —Linda Beach Pearson
2. “Admitting an elderly man for a heart cath. He was wearing O2 and very nervous and alone. To break the ice and lighten the mood while doing his H&P, I asked, ‘Are you pregnant?’ Without missing a beat, he replied, ‘No, but I have been exposed!’ I almost fell off my stool laughing!!!” —Lea Ann Talkington
3. “Had a family of a patient tell me their daughter was conceived at Six Flags. In the women’s bathroom. I laughed until I cried that night, and haven’t looked at the Texas Giant the same [since].” —Stephanie White
4. “Me: Are you having any pain? Patient: Yes, as a matter of fact I am. You’re a pain in my ass.” —Amber Cech
5. “I walked in one morning into pts room to take her blood sugar…she knew. It was routine. ‘I guess you’re here to check my sugar.’ ‘Yes, ma’am.’ ‘Well, then let me give you the finger!'” —Jerry Rodriguez
6. “Gave a suppository, and in response, I got, ‘Whoaaa, shouldn’t we talk first?’ And yes—I had already explained it.” —Amy Roberston
7. “Me singing along with the radio at work, [and] my resident asks, ‘What did you do with that money?’ I asked, ‘What money?’ And my resident says, ‘The money your mother gave you for singing lessons.'” —Katie Lamb
8. “I was giving a resident a whirlpool. After washing her upper part I asked her if she wanted to do her own peri area. She said, ‘Yes, I can wash my own downtown area.’ So, I put a lot of soap on a washcloth and she said, ‘WHOA—downtown ain’t that big!'” —Phyllis Alberts
9. “I once heard an elderly patient say, ‘Go get your father right now’ to her young nurse.” —Karen Cripe
10. “My DON asked a 99-year-old woman what brought her to the nursing home. She piped up! ‘I’m knocked up; they are trying to hide the family secret.'” —Terri Sue Armstrong
Have a patient’s words ever made your cheeks (or ears!) burn? Share your story with us in the comments section below!
This article was republished with permission from SCRUBS Magazine.