In the spirit of April Fool’s Week, I wanted to write about the various pranks my coworkers and I have bestowed upon each other!
When I worked in dialysis at another hospital, our “office” had drawers where we could store our personal stuff. My dialysis coworkers were real practical jokers. Maybe it was because I was the new girl, but my day was first :-)
One morning I came walking in to work, opened my drawer to put my stuff away, and found a bedpan full of what at first glance appeared to be the typical ooginess one would find. Upon closer inspection, I realized that it was isolyzer (a grainy substance used to soak up fluid) mixed with various offerings from whatever was in the cafeteria the day before. It was then that I turned around to find my coworkers giggling their little heads off.
In retaliation (we always worked in pairs, and whoever my counterpart was that day was always up for new pranks), D and I stole everything out of C’s drawer and hid it, then left him little clues about where to find the next clue, like a scavenger hunt. Ok, that was lame – I guess you had to be there.
My favorite prank was on D. Every morning that he worked, he would walk in, and whip his drawer open. Yeah, he was a stud. I don’t know how that drawer wasn’t torn from its’ tracks. Anyway, C and I took everything out of D’s drawer and found a plastic tub that actually fit in there pretty snuggly (our sign from the universe that this was going to be the best prank ever) and completely filled it with water. These were deep drawers, and it took a LOT of water to fill it. I went to the gift shop and bought a few bathtub items – rubber duckies, little plastic seahorses and put them in.
Sure enough, I was working with D the next day and made sure to get there a little early (and stand far away) to see the show. D came in and as he always did, whipped that drawer right out. Because it was heavier than he was used to, it didn’t have quite the splash we were hoping for, but it was splash enough! The look on his face was priceless.
The last prank I’ll write about was a real group effort. My hospital has a position called “flex nurse.” It’s a nurse that wears a beeper and anyone in the hospital can page him/her to come help with whatever’s necessary – IV starts, NG insertion, accompanying patients on field trips to MRI, CT, etc. One night, the regular flex RN was sick, so CCU was responsible for floating a nurse to flex. It was “Tom’s” night to float, so off he went.
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.