Tell us about your best practical joke (I need some new ideas!)

  1. OK, I admit it, I live for practical jokes!!!! It seems to provide just the right amount of humor. I want to hear about your best practical jokes. Some of my best include-switched the family pictues in 2 of our doc's offices (doc A had doc B's family pics in his office, and doc B had doc A's pics in his office!). Planted a SI swimsuit issue in one of our doc's gym bags (very goody 2 shoes doc that would never be caught dead with si swimsuit issue).
    So, lets hear it!!!
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    I hate practical jokes. I don't appreciate being laughed at for your enjoyment. I have no sense of humor.

    Just my 2 cents. Make sure you choose your victums carefully. What you think is funny, might not be.

    (Like the time I had a "kick me hard" sticker on my back and got kicked by a coworker, to the enjoyment of all.)

    Yes, I'm a sourpuss today.
  4. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    I hate practical jokes. I don't appreciate being laughed at for your enjoyment. I have no sense of humor.

    Just my 2 cents. Make sure you choose your victums carefully. What you think is funny, might not be. Did you think someone who doesn't approve of swimmsuit issues thought it was funny? Laughing at his morales? Maybe he/she didn't.

    (Like the time I had a "kick me hard" sticker on my back and got kicked by a coworker, to the enjoyment of all.)

    Yes, I'm a sourpuss today.
    Yet again, I meant to edit myself, not quote myself.

    I'm leaving now. I'm sure you're a joy to work with and everyone enjoys your sense of humor. Have fun!!!! Life's too short to be a sourpuss.
  5. by   researchrabbit
    Practical jokes don't have to be awful for anyone, just have to have a bit of a surprise factor and should elicit a laugh from both people involved. What happened to you, 3rdShiftGuy, was bullying and meanness, plain and simple.

    I guess my perception of practical joking is more like April Fools Day...

    My son loves to put his thumb through the side of a foam cup with a drink in it and then says "LOOK WHAT'S IN MY DRINK!" I have believed this twice now (and then laughed so hard I cried, especially the second time).
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    On Hospital letterhead type a memo announcing the new pay scales based on title, experience and years with the hospital (or NH). Post it where they post all the memos. oh, and make the raises nice.
    -Russell
  7. by   Sable's mom
    We worked very hard one night - putting fake labels on all the charts in the rack, having all hall lights on bright, etc. Just when day shift girls were due in, one of us sat in the first labor room and yelled while another was in the next room faking a FHR of about 50, and calling the nurses station phone from the labor rooms, also call lights on in several rooms - of course neither of us were to be seen - the day shift girls almost had kittens when they finally found us
  8. by   at your cervix
    I have done that too. Filled the board with names. We actually created the pt from hell one day. 37 week pt, car accident, broken bones galore, in traction, mega meds, special bed, etc-on the post partum floor. Then, left a sign haning above the bed that she was suppose to be in that said "APRIL FOOLS!!!"
    The nurse that was assigned to her was relieved to say the least!!!
  9. by   dspring
    we made a fake patient and gave report to a good friend of mine, patient was an unstable MI with lots of ectopy. When report was over, I was laying in bed with the ACLS mock code simulator attached. When I heard her voice, I hit the v fib button. Everyone comes running in, and is acting like it is no big deal, and my friend is freaking out. I start to laugh, and she yells he's having a seizure. Just as she pulls down my sheet, I sit up and say hi. I literally watched the color drain from herface. This has been over 10 years ago, and we still laugh about it. If you are going to try something like this make sure the whole floor, or unit is involved, which I did, actually it was a group effort.
  10. by   KRVRN
    This was before my time on my unit, but heard about it...

    They got this one charge nurse (the type that doesn't do well in intense situations) good by telling her that a lady was delivering 23 week quads in the ER as we spoke. Got several staff members too and the instigators had to block the door to keep people from running to the ER.
  11. by   shoelace
    In our hospital, we have a "flex" nurse. It's an actual position with a regular staff; one RN per shift wears a beeper and the floors beep them when they need help with IV's, transporting monitored patients, helping an especially busy floor admit their zillionth patient, etc. When the regular flex nurse gets called off or calls in sick, someone from the CCU "floats" to that position.
    One night "Tom" floated to the position. Although an all-around great guy and excellent nurse, he is quite a stickler for details and is a card-carrying perfectionist. If there's a policy written about something, Tom knows it and can practically recite it verbatim.
    So Tom's the flex, and we are just dying to play a joke on him. We sat there all evening racking our brains to come up with something, until someone finally did...
    We waited until visiting hours were over, then called the shift supervisor with our idea who fortunately thought it was delightful. We had another floor page him to help with an admit or something, and when we were alerted that he was at that floor's nurse's station, we called the operator and had her announce this:
    "Flex nurse stat to CCU for Code Brown. Flex nurse stat to CCU for Code Brown!"
    He had the biggest grin on his face when he got back to CCU. We were rolling.

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