I suppose the maturity and professioanlism don't really matter, do they? Generally, all I ever see on here about Basics is how they are only glorified First-Aiders (if that). I think it's a bit hypocritical to beat down the Basic level every day on here and then expect them to adhere to some standard that they are deemed unworthy of.
But, that's just my 2 cents.
BTW, I hope that if my sense of humor ever dies, I won't be far behind it.
I was really enjoying this thread until the Negative Nancys started to post. I agree that some of these pranks can pose a threat to a patient's well being, however this thread is for jokes. This entire forum within the EMTLife forums is for jokes. Either have a sense of humor, or don't post in the humor forum. Its you without a sense of humor that burn out and make the job unpleasant for us who like to have a good time whilst working.
What would have happened if there were a life threatening emergancy and that medic could have been available for it but because they thought their whailer was out.... well you know the rest.
Sense of humor does not require physical contact and patient endangerment.
So I am bringing a patient into the ED one day. The charge nurse (notorious for ripping new medics new ones, being tough as nails AND a practical joker) is sitting at the UC's desk. Now I don't pay any attention as this happens from time to time. I put my clipboard on the desk (so the UC can get patient info from it to enter them into the system) and proceed with my patient to the assigned room and transfer of care.
I go to retrieve my clipboard and get some forms out of it. I open the board and there is the biggest, meanest hissing cockroach waving his huge antennae at me and trying to crawl out of the board. Now I come from up north where insects die every fall and have to start again in the spring. A bug this big up there would be going to college.
I have practiced martial arts for years and I have NEVER jumped as far as fast with such grace. The scream I emitted was pretty impressive too!
The ED is still laughing about it.