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4 Humorous Accounts Readers may not laugh at all of the stories below, but the nurses recounted them with a great deal of humor. There is virtually nothing to add to that. Some of the stories focus on doctors, sometimes as they wondered what a patient was trying to explain, while others involve nurses’ and patients’ responses to doctor’s pranks. Doctor’s Laughter During a particular day at the Hopkins County Hospital in Madisonville , I was gowned and gloved in my sterile dress and was setting up one of the tables in the delivery suite. We were not to touch the tables, so I was attempting to drop one of the bulb syringes onto the sterile table. As I dropped it, it bounced off the table, and when I got another syringe it did the same thing. One of the doctors was seated out in the hallway and was apparently amazed by the whole scene because he was laughing and shaking his head. Well, I finally was able to get another syringe on the table. Charlene Vaught, Portland, TN, August 2, 2011 Misunderstood Strange things happened when I was working the midnight shift at nursing homes back when I was still a nurse’s aide, and this happened at Gowan Nursing Home in Robinson, Illinois. One night an old man was keeping the whole facility awake by shouting loudly, “I need an enemy. I need an enemy.” I tried several times to calm him down, but to no avail. Frustrated, I told the other nurse’s aide, “If he keeps on yelling like that, he’s going to have a lot of enemies.” We eventually figured out what he wanted was an enema. Charlene Vaught, Portland, TN, August 2, 2011 80 Tales from Kentucky Nurses Pranking Stopped One of our residents had a jolly ol’ time finding the nurse’s aide’s sweaters hanging on the wall railings. He would sneakily tie the sweater sleeves in knots and then wait for the owner’s reaction. One night one of the girls decided to reverse the prank, so she tied his trouser legs in knots. When he tried to put them on he became quite angry. Apparently the joke wasn’t so funny when the tables were turned on him! Charlene Vaught, Portland, TN, August 2, 2011 Surgeon Drove Too Fast This surgeon I worked with in the OR was a character in more than one way. He performed surgical operations in two different hospitals separated about thirty miles apart. One morning, as usual, he was speeding down the highway from one hospital to the other when a policeman pulled him over and gave him a ticket. The doctor paid the officer twice the amount and said, “I’ll be back in about two hours going the same rate of speed.” Boy, that’s quite a story! Ruth A. Buzzard, Dawson Springs, February 23, 2012 Searching for Sitz Powder An experienced nursing student told me to look for the Sitz powder. I was a student nurse in my first clinical rotation. I looked everywhere that I thought it might be and some places where it could not possibly be. When I told her I could not find it she gave me a stern look and walked away. I was sad and embarrassed that I had failed to find the Sitz powder. Later on I was told there was no such thing as Sitz powder! Jo Ann M. Wever, Springfield, March 14, 2012 Identification of a Three-H Enema My first job after graduation was on a medical-surgical floor with patients who had a variety of diagnoses. Many had x-rays that required enemas until clear. The 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shift, fondly called the Humorous Accounts 81 night shift, had the responsibility for this task. I was thankful I did not work the night shift. On occasion the secretary in x-ray would call and say that the patient had not been prepared well and needed a three-H enema. One day when she called, suspecting that she did not know what the threeH enema was and that the radiologist had told her what to say, I asked her. Just as I suspected, she did not know what it was. I proceeded to tell her that a three-H enema was “high,” “hot,” and a “hell” of a lot. I tried not to laugh when there was a long silence on the other end...


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