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Messages for the ER waiting room

Soon we’ll have a huge television in the waiting room, scrolling messages for our patients.  Doubtless, they’ll be public service items, wait times, information on current issues like flue, and all the rest.

But I’d like to add a few others, maybe subliminally.

‘Calling the nurse a b…ch won’t get you back any faster!’

‘Do not buy Lortab from the man next to you.’

‘Disability doesn’t pay enough to support your Percocet habit.’

‘You won’t get an antibiotic for your cold.’

‘Pick your child up…the floor is disgusting.’

‘Do NOT date that girl across the room who is winking at you.’

‘How sick can you be if you’re eating French fries and dipping snuff?’

‘The doctor will not talk to you if you are texting.’

‘Go home and hug your children.’

‘Kick your Meth using room-mate out of the house.’

‘Pregnancy tests are really cheap!’

‘Before you let him impregnate you, ask yourself if you want to spread that DNA around!’

‘You don’t see the wall you punched whining and coming to the ER!’

‘If the doctors and nurses come to your business and ask for free stuff, will they get it?’

‘Sorry about the wait, but after all, your symptoms started 10 years ago, right?’

‘We can access your recent narcotic prescriptions online.  Creepy, isn’t it?’

‘If you can throw a chair, your back pain isn’t that bad.’

‘Be nice to your wife and children.’

‘Assaulting a health-care worker carries a mandatory sentence!’

‘Please don’t eat a cheesburger while you tell us your stomach hurts!’

On the other hand, maybe just playing Ultimate Fighting would be more soothing.


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Liz RN

2010-02-08 18:02:46 Reply

I’d add this one:
“Repeated trips to the window to ask personnel if you’re next will not make your wait shorter.”

and this one (this could get addictive!)
“Just because EMS brought you in an ambulance does not mean you will be seen right away.”

You made my day!

dr nic

2010-02-09 06:28:13 Reply

Did you know that embedded in this post if you look at it in an RSS feed is a series of ads for a drug called “Novodex” They are right before this line “But I’d like to add a few others, maybe subliminally.” Just FYI.


    2010-02-09 09:56:41 Reply

    That is very weird! Thanks for pointing it out. I had no idea.

the Muse, RN

2010-02-10 10:24:46 Reply

LOL! This was inspired. How ’bout,

“Please do not call your histrionic 32-member extended family to wait with you.”

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