Nurses make fun of their dying patients. That’s okay.

An opinion piece by Alexandra Robbins

Courtesy of the Washington Post

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Healthcare worker looking through an operating room window. (Gen Nishino/Getty Images/Getty Images)

The laughter of the ER staff echoed down the hall as Lauren, a nurse in Texas, talked about a patient who had ingested “a thousand ears of corn,” requiring her to repeatedly unclog kernels from the oral-suction tubing. The episode had earned Lauren surprise gifts of corn nuggets from a respiratory therapist and a can of corn from an EMS technician. But not everyone found the story so funny. When Lauren entered a patient’s room nearby, the patient said to her: “I hope you’re not that insensitive when you’re telling your friends about me later.” (Continue Reading “Nurses make fun…”)

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