What really happened?!

Posted on June 28, 2013 by in Cartoons

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81 Responses to “What really happened?!”

  1. Profile photo of Brock-MN
    28 June 2013 at 12:05 PM #

    1. The door to door sprint

    2. Where’s my pain pill?!


    4. Can I get a cup of water… with 5 ice cubes?

    5. Where’s my remote?!?

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    kimecha 28 June 2013 at 12:19 PM #

    1. whack a call light (whack a mole) style
    2. I cant seem to find my remote (its in your hand)
    3. Someone lost their toilet paper next door!
    4.I wanted to see how long it would take you to respond!
    5.What time is it?

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    nightngale5155 28 June 2013 at 12:48 PM #

    Boy,And I was told Nurses do not answer Call bells.

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      AnthonyC RN
      5 July 2013 at 5:03 PM #

      HA! I do answer call bells, albeit not as often as the CNAs, but if I am not incredibly swamped, OR if I know the CNAs I work with are incredibly swamped (even if I am as well) I answer call bells.

      I would rather answer call bells than have someone attempt to ambulate, that should not be ambulating, and then end up on the floor.

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        Heather Shaffer Olinger
        11 August 2013 at 8:26 PM #

        I totally agree with you. If I know they are actually working and not hiding, I will help them out as much as I can. If I know they are hiding, I will page them over the intercom…lol

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    Robin Darone 28 June 2013 at 3:15 PM #

    1. The call bell olympics
    2. I need to go to the bathroom.
    3. Can I have a straw that bends?
    4. Can you stop this thing from beeping?
    5. I just soiled myself.

  5. Profile photo of debkayc
    28 June 2013 at 4:25 PM #

    1. The nursing “Quadrupethon,” a contest on how fast you can answer 5 call lights ringing at the same time!

    2. I need my pain pill, 2 cokes, and could you find out why dinner is taking sooooo long?

    3. Ummmm…I think someone is toilet papering the hall!

    4. There’s blood coming out of my Dad’s
    big toe. Is that normal?

    5. My daughter is on the phone from Timbucktoo and wants to know what the Dr. told me this morning. Hurry, she’s calling long distance.

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    Jason Hautala RN
    28 June 2013 at 5:52 PM #

    1: Say something your nurse has never heard before.
    2: Thank you for responding so quickly, you are the best.
    3: I want to be a nurse just like you when I grow up.
    4: I pooped the bed, but my family cleaned everything up already.
    5: I’m allergic to narcotics, can I just have a Tylenol instead.

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    Traci Walls
    28 June 2013 at 6:02 PM #

    1.Rapid fire call bell answering
    2.Get over here! My lasix is working!
    3. Can’t you answer those call bells?!? They’re so annoying!
    4.@#$%&!!! You expect me to $%&* in this?!?
    5.I’ve beeeen waiting for my pain medication. I’ve been ringing for over an hour! What do you nurses REALLY do?

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    nurseC 28 June 2013 at 8:23 PM #

    1. snap, crackle, PLOP!!!!
    2. NURSE I can’t reach it, can you see look whats hanging out?!
    3. This button won’t turn the channel!!!
    4. Can you move my pillow over 2 inches?
    5. oh, ummm I forgot

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    partyingrn 28 June 2013 at 9:26 PM #

    (1) The Call-light Shuffle
    (2) “Ohhhh the pain……the tape is pulling my chest hairs”
    (2) “I need toilet paper!”
    (3) “Oh you’re still here, honey? Oh I don’t want to bother you. I’ll just wait till next shift to put my order in”
    (4) “I was just trying to change the dang
    channel on this here thingy”
    (5) “I don’t care if it’s 3am….call my doctor. I need a laxative NOW!”

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    nurzepat 29 June 2013 at 9:37 AM #

    1. Ready, set, go, Super Nurse for just 12 more hours.
    2. Oops, did I push the button, oh, sorry. While you are here, can you just hand me my bag?
    3. Can I get a cup of coffee and a sleeping pill?
    4. Would you mind shaving my legs?
    5. I can’t breathe.

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    Ms. Jingles 30 June 2013 at 1:08 PM #

    1.Dancing lights relay
    2.Revolving Door Sprint
    3. The “Tissue Paper” Roll
    4. “I’m not going to make it relay”
    5. The Shuffle- help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up

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    30 June 2013 at 3:26 PM #

    1. The Joys of a 12hr Nursing shift.
    2. Oh kwap! Dang CPR is in rm 5.. whoops!
    3. It’s only 5am.. i need my Ambien!
    4. Nurse Suzie..WAKE UP! you’re 15 min break has turned into 45 min.. ugh!
    5. oops.. sorry Dr. Ellis, didn’t know you were in there with Nurse Suzie..

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    Melissa Coleman
    1 July 2013 at 7:26 AM #

    1. Midnight Madness
    2. Nurse, my IV came out!
    3. Call the doctor! I’m having stomach pains!
    4. Help! My epidural isn’t working!
    5. Bring me my morphine!

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    Joan 1 July 2013 at 12:24 PM #

    Assess the situations. Room 1 wants to get something to drink – Room 2 wants to have head raised- Room 3 wants to use the bed pan=Room 4’s IV is out Call IV therapy or Start again according to policy. Rm 5 just wants to talk. try to reassure pt to relax them then return to Nurses station

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    Heather Vogel 1 July 2013 at 8:40 PM #

    #1 Short Staff Shuffle
    #2 It hurts so bad, can you please bring me that pain pill…I’ve been waiting for an hour (5min)
    #3 Ummm, hello? I keep seeing this red light, can you please turn it off, I can’t sleep
    #4 I think the patient in the room next door fell…they keep yelling and I just saw their toilet paper roll across the hallway floor.
    #5 Please come quick, I can’t find my glasses…oh never mind their on my head.
    5 min later…Please come quick! Oh, hi dear, did you need something? No, I didn’t call you, are you sure you got the right room?

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      Bree 2 July 2013 at 12:12 AM #

      Haha I like #4…gotta love when patients inform you on the status of your other patients and/or diagnose them for you!

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    Angelica Torres
    2 July 2013 at 2:06 PM #

    1 – ON YOUR MARK, SET GO!!

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    willow712 2 July 2013 at 6:40 PM #

    1. Don’t tell anybody, but I just fell down in the bathroom.
    2. Sorry to bother you but that guy in the other bed isn’t breathing.
    3. Can I borrow your cell phone, for just a minute?
    4. That little old lady across the hall just went out the back door.

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    ninjessica 2 July 2013 at 10:25 PM #

    1. Call Light 5k
    3. NURSE! I have an emergency. [leans in and whispers] I just GOTTA have a cigarette.
    4. I swear I just saw a roll of toilet paper roll out of that room. Can you put it in MY bathroom? I just ran out.

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    thecrazyrn 2 July 2013 at 10:52 PM #

    1. How psych nursing is waaayy different…
    3. I’M A MUMMY!!
    4. MOMMY!!!

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    saraj1969 3 July 2013 at 12:02 PM #

    #1 wants her pain meds, she also requested that we push the IV Dilaudid quickly.
    #2 needs a bed pan, but has a colostomy & foley
    #3 is confused and just called 911. (He thinks his 1:1 observer is the devil)
    #4 is a frequent flyer who wants to talk to the supervisor, regarding the care he received on a previous visit……12 admissions ago.
    #5’s expired waiting for someone to answer her call bell.

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    scrubdoogie 4 July 2013 at 4:50 AM #

    1. Call Light-a-thon
    2. My uncle Frank came to see me.
    3. The lady across the hall, her uncle came to see her.
    4. There is a man at the window, he wants to come see his niece.
    5. Will you let that man in.
    Funny thing is this really happened in our LTC facility!

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    LisaRN 4 July 2013 at 6:58 AM #

    1. The nursing boogie…get your skates
    2.”mumble mumble bleeding NOW!
    3. “You call this #%$ dinner? Nurse!
    4. “Nurse! I heard something fall next door and there’s toilet paper in the hall! Those damn kids are at in in there again! Can’t you do SOMETHING? All five of us are trying to sleep!”
    5. “Hello? Is anyone out there? I know I’ve called 12 times but I really need you to change this channel and clean up my pee off the walls!”

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    Greg Meisinger
    4 July 2013 at 7:58 AM #

    1. The OMG, I have to Pee, Cross-legged Shuffle.
    2. How do I get an outside line on this thing.
    3. I didn’t hit the call light but since your here…..
    4. This tube fell out of my nose.
    5. My penis hurts when I pull this, why is that?

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    Lisa 5 July 2013 at 2:05 AM #

    1. I’m going as fast as I can with a smile. Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! My bladder is so full that I need a foley catheter for myself!
    2. Oh my goodness! Mrs. Smith is crawling over the rails AGAIN trying to get out of bed!!! How I wish she had a sitter or family member so I wasn’t in here every few minutes! Wow! Close call that time!
    3. Whew, another call light on! Does this ever end? And where did this toilet paper come from? Family member: Yes, could you please bring some coffee for my dad and the 15 visitors that he has in here? Me thinking: Seriously? Me replying: How many want black coffee and how many with cream and sugar? Me thinking: I’m a high priced waitress!
    4. I NEED AN ENEMA RIGHT NOW! The MOM that you gave me 5 minutes ago isn’t working.
    5. I’m on my way! Where is my nurse aide anyway? Me: Yes Mr. Jones, how can I help you? Mr Jones: My call light has been on for 5 minutes and 24 seconds. Me: Ok, how can I help you now? Mr. Jones: I forgot what I called for because you took too long!

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    tevette 5 July 2013 at 6:07 PM #

    1. Can you open this please? (Admitted as a ruleout, age 23)
    2. Can you get my boyfriend something to eat ?
    3. Do you have condoms at this hospital? (REALLY)
    4. Do I have to go home? (Admitted for constipation)
    5. Can I please have my pain medicine (with slurred speech, eyes close and finger on the pain pump button!)

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    Kellie Chapman 13 July 2013 at 5:07 PM #

    1.Forget Lunch
    2.I need some of that dil..dila..stuff
    3.I am sick at my stomach!! Can I have a snack?
    4. More charting, more charting!!!
    5. JC is in the house!!

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    michella 30 July 2013 at 4:45 PM #


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    slmicha 31 July 2013 at 4:12 PM #

    1. The body fluid derby
    2. I need an emesis basin
    3. Can you empty my urinal
    4. My IV “fell out”
    5. I soiled my bed

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    Renda Brooks
    31 July 2013 at 5:10 PM #

    1. National Nurse Neuropathy
    2. Where’s my teeth?!?
    3. The crap is out!
    4. I need my pain pill! Hurry before I fall asleep.
    5. No! That was an accident.

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    Beth Jones Landreth
    31 July 2013 at 6:25 PM #

    1) The Ultimate Multi-task-athon
    2) My Bed is full of blood My IV “fell” out
    3) Hey nurse.. I need that toilet paper in the hall
    4) Can I get a packet of salt and a coke?
    5) Will you please turn my pillow?

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    Thomas Evans
    4 August 2013 at 6:36 AM #

    1 The administraton hall of death
    2 We need to review the rounding sheets
    3 Why did you take 2 bedpans from the omnicell
    4 the pixis count is off again
    5 We know you are a adult ICU nurse but can you float to PICU

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    melissalpn 12 August 2013 at 4:47 PM #

    I work in a nursing home…call light goes on and the shouting begins:
    1. I need the bedpan – NOW
    2. Haaayelp meh, Haaaayelp meh
    3. Can you tell me where that light on the ceiling is coming from?
    4. Where am I? Why am I here? How long have I been here? (answers provided) Repeat.
    5. Can you move my pillow (nowhere you put it is where she wants it)

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    ermom70 16 August 2013 at 7:55 PM #

    2. Is my poop suppose to look like this?
    3. It’s time for my da da dilaudid
    4. Can you hand me my water then get me a 7 up and a sandwich
    5. Nurse…I’m wet.

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    tpank 22 August 2013 at 6:56 AM #

    1. Excretathon
    2. I have diarrhea!
    3. I think my husband had a bowel movement – come fast!
    4. I have to poop NOW and I won’t use a bedpan – give me my walker!
    5. You’re not fast enough! I have to poop now *bed alarm*

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    Batya 22 August 2013 at 8:04 AM #

    1. Ten minutes before shift change…
    2. “Can you please close my door?”
    3. “Can you please open my door?”
    4. “My dilaudid is due in 5 minutes, just thought I would give you a heads up.”
    5. Bed alarm going off because pt with dementia decides they want to go get something from their kitchen.

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    Rey Haoson
    23 August 2013 at 8:05 AM #

    1. Psych Ward Dash
    3. *watching WWE, while recking stuff* YEAH BREAK HIS NECK!
    5. FIRE HELP!

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    rose 14 September 2013 at 11:41 PM #

    enjoyed the rooms 1-5 comments.very comical but true….

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    Jen S
    16 September 2013 at 11:20 PM #

    1.) The “Post Partum Panic” Dash
    2.) Dad: The baby just pooped…do we need to change his diaper? Me: Umm, yes you do. Dad: But there are still a few family members who want to hold him. (:face palm:)
    3.) My baby is hungry but my family is coming soon…is it okay if I wait to feed her?
    4.) How do I know if my baby needs to be fed or changed?
    5.) My baby won’t stop crying…is there something wrong?

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    Donna 17 September 2013 at 3:16 AM #

    1. My pain medicine will due in 10 minutes, I thought I would tell you early so I’ll get it on time.

    2. Can I have nausea medicine and something to eat?

    3. (Arriving to room in about a minute after call light is on) It’s about time, I’ve been ringing for over an hour, I need my pillow fluffed

    4. Can I have some more daloopy for pain? (Pt meant dilaudid)

    5. I heard snow was moving in, thought I’d better get in here before I get sick

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    kpigati 29 September 2013 at 7:23 PM #

    1.Ringing bells.. .Something smells.
    2. What time is it? (Sir, there is a clock just above your whiteboard)
    3. My stomach hurts, can I have some pain medicine? Oh, I also ordered a hamburger which hasn’t come yet, can you call the kitchen? (:/)
    4. Time: 1845 Patient request: I accidently pulled my IV out, my arm is bleeding now. (Cool)
    5. Oh, I am sorry, I must have rolled over on the call light to accidently ring it, AGAIN.

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    Llenrn 3 November 2013 at 4:20 PM #

    1. American Heart Association 10,000 steps per day training.
    2. Cough cough…”I just swallowed my teeth Nurse!”
    3. “Nurse, my toilet paper is gone, can I use my sheets?”
    4. Wonder gross sounds (we all know it) “nurse, (blah, gag, plung) nurse!!!! (Blah, gag, plung) it’s happening again”
    5. “I need the bedpan again” even though they just were on it for an hour and didn’t go and has a permanent bed pad ring on their bottom.

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    11 October 2014 at 2:31 AM #

    Im a cna and have herd all of these, made my night. However I used to work ltc and little old ladies screaming get that cat out of my room. That was alwas my personal fav it happened vso often I started to think we may have a cat infestation!!!!

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    Rita Drye Kraus
    11 October 2014 at 9:44 PM #

    1 room 2 pt is in my room showing his but and asking how to get to the ballfield2.r oom 2 bed alarm going off cause he is mia3. Wanting to buy tickets to the ballgame pt 2 is looking for.4. Wanting to know the score of the ballgame everyone is talking about and finally room 5. Wants their pain med and earphones to drown out all the talk of ballgames cause he is in traction after a horrific slide at home base

  44. Profile photo of Rita Drye Kraus
    Rita Drye Kraus
    11 October 2014 at 9:44 PM #

    1 room 2 pt is in my room showing his but and asking how to get to the ballfield2.r oom 2 bed alarm going off cause he is mia3. Wanting to buy tickets to the ballgame pt 2 is looking for.4. Wanting to know the score of the ballgame everyone is talking about and finally room 5. Wants their pain med and earphones to drown out all the talk of ballgames cause he is in traction after a horrific slide at home base

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    Vicky Dunsmore Paschke
    16 October 2014 at 8:18 PM #

    1. The call light Quintepelon.
    2. Oh, sorry…did I push the call light? I thought I was changing the TV channel.
    3. Hello? Is this thing on? The voices are coming back!
    4. Hey, I think my neighbor just threw my roll of toilet paper down the hallway! Can I get a new one?
    5. Heelllp! I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!

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