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You Know It's Going To Be A Bad Day In The ER When...


  • You show up for work and notice bars have just been installed on all the windows and there is now a metal detector at the hospital entrance.
  • The paramedics in the parking lot are all using mops to clean up their ambulances and the EMTs are using a hose.
  • The off-going shift has a hard time keeping a straight face when giving report, especially about Room 15.
  • Your first patient of the day insists there is no way that she can be pregnant. She's crowning.
  • Your next five patients and their families all scream at you in different languages, none of which you speak.
  • Your next patient screams at you in a language you do understand, but you can't remember hearing that many obscenities strung together at once.
  • The intoxicated 250 Kg. transvestite in Room 15 keeps trying to get your home phone number because you "are just too sweet."
  • Your next patient has maggots but isn't dead.
  • The hospital's attorney wants to talk to you but her secretary won't tell you what it's about.
  • The hospital has a surprise disaster drill. You were the only one who wasn't tipped off.
  • The Department is completely empty and one of the off-going shift says, "It's been that way all night, hope you have a quiet day!"
  • No one remembered to buy coffee.
  • You have writers' cramp and still have 7 hours of the shift left.
  • The psychiatric patient who thinks he is Jesus was placed in the same room as another patient who thinks he is Satan.
  • You get a subpoena for a lawsuit a on a patient that walked out of the department against medical advice two years ago. You can only hope that is what the attorney wants to talk about.
  • The Hospital Administrator left you a cryptic message about a news crew showing up "sometime today to do a little filming, so everyone act natural."
  • In the middle of a disaster drill two real trauma patients present themselves.
  • The paramedics who offered to go out and pick up lunch (and coffee) just advised over the radio they have witnessed a motor vehicle accident involving a transit bus versus a minivan. "Stand by for update."
  • It's the first day for the new medical interns, paramedic and nursing students... all at the same time.



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