Have you ever found yourself trapped in a service elevator with the living dead?
Or opened the fridge at work to find your lunch sitting next to a cold lump of human exrcement?
Or been hit in the head with a flaming mouth swab?
Well you might just be having a really really bad day…..but more than likely you have been pranked.
As a student nurse I was sent to theatre to urgently fetch a ‘vaginal rake’. I sat there for 10 minutes until someone gave me this small garden rake. What the hell do they do with this?
And a while ago we went though a phase of making up triage sheets for imaginary patients so the Triage nurse would go out into the waiting room to call them out: Dixie Normous?…. Is there a Dixie Normous here?
Or Maya Buttreeks, Anita Bath, Angie O’Plasty, Pat McGroin….. all pretty lame, but when you stride out to the waiting room on a busy Friday evening and call out in a loud clear, gullible voice for Emma Roids, you feel about this big.
Tricks, pranks and practical jokes have been an integral part of our profession ever since someone snuck an owl into Florence Nightingales top pocket.
Some are simple and spontaneous, whilst others require meticulous planning and multiple partners in crime.
So, with the aim of compiling a comprehensive database of best practice medical pranks, I would like to capture your own experiences. Then we can spread the love.
KY-jelly on the earpiece of the phone, a syringe of ice-cold water down the back of your scrubs or something a little more advanced. What is the best trick in your repertoire?
Prankee or pranker ….. what sort of mischief you have been getting up to?