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101 Funniest Nurse Memes That Are Ridiculously Relatable

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By Matt Vera BSN, R.N.

Feeling stressed and in need of a good laugh? Look no further! Our collection of nurse memes is sure to bring a smile to your face and give you a much-needed break from the daily grind. From the hilarious to the relatable, these memes capture the highs and lows of life as a nurse.

Nurses work in a high-pressure environment that can be stressful. To cope with this, nurses most of the time resort to humor which is a powerful tool to help nurses be happier and avoid burnout. Humor has a lot of benefits, studies have shown that humor can ease the tension in a situation and generates a feeling of well-being. In nursing school, humor used through teaching methods helps increase the student’s attention span and improves retention. The positive effects of humor, if utilized appropriately, extend to patients too, especially during teaching. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some well-deserved giggles. You deserve it, nurse!

Here is our collection of the funniest nurse memes updated for 2023! Nurses and student nurses alike, enjoy our list of these funny memes to help you destress after a hard day’s work!

Table of Contents

  1. Funny Nurse Memes
  2. Nurses Playing Cards Memes
  3. Nursing School and Nursing Student Memes
  4. Nurses Week Memes
  5. Male Nurse Memes
  6. Nurse Ratched Memes
  7. ER Nurse and ICU Nurse Memes
  8. Dating a Nurse Memes
  9. COVID-19 Nurse Memes

Funny Nurse Memes

Unwind, laugh, and enjoy our collection of the funniest nurse memes below. Reader’s discretion is advised as some have crude humor! Remember, don’t take them too seriously! Enjoy and have fun!

Registered Nurse

Being a nurse, according to different people.

Registered Nurse Meme

When showering is not enough

Some days when you feel so dirty that showering won’t be enough.

Funny Nurse Meme: Showering won't enough today, I'll need to be autoclaved!

Intermittent Fasting

Nurses invented it!

Intermittent Fasting Nurse Meme

Things that wake you up at night

When you’re about to sleep and thought of something you forgot to do at work. And it’s a freaking narcotic.

Sleep Brain Narcotic Nurse Meme


What winning the lottery is like in nursing:

Funny Nurse Meme: Winning the lottery by seeing stacks of pillows.

New nurse blues

Make sure this is part of the tour.

New nurse meme: when they asked. "This is where I come to cry." Simpsons

When your life has ended and still no meds

And you end up running down the pharmacy to pick up the meds yourself! Love you pharmacists. ;)

Nurses Waiting on Pharmacy to Send their Meds

Nursing: Where you’ve seen it all!

Nursing is a job where you’ll see it all and sometimes, nothing fazes you anymore!

Nurse Meme: Nurses Have Seen It All

OR nurses can relate

There is always one.

Hospital Gown Nurse Meme

This one’s for the L&D nurses

And it’s a boy!

OB Nurse Meme

Hide yo snacks, hide yo drinks

And they don’t understand that you have less than 10 minutes to take a break.

Joint Commission Nursing Meme: "No Eating at Work Areas"

And comes lunch time

And fear of not being awkward.

Night shift nurses reporting to day shift…

It’s called graveyard shift for a reason.

Night shift nurse meme: reporting to day shift.

Because of the all-night buffet

And the reporting goes like…

Actual photo of a nurse explaining what happened during the night shift.

Nurse meme: Night shift nurses explaining to day shift nurses what happened

And when it took forever to report…

Ahh..charting: 80% of nursing.

Nurse Charting Meme: Incoming Nurse Waiting for Outgoing Nurse to Finish Her Charting.

And you had too much fun charting

When the data refutes the claim.


Maybe she was following this:

Charting it like you mean it.

Documentation Nursing Meme: Chart like it may one day be read aloud in a deposition.

Now that’s continuity of care

Wishing this to all of you!

Nurse Endorsement Meme: Funny Shift Change when reporting to the same nurse.

Therapy animals

Hey it’s cativan!

Cativan Nurse Meme: Visit from the therapy animals, it's cativan!

When mommy’s a nurse…

One of the cons of having parents as nurses! Here are also 18 signs that you’re being raised by a nurse.

Nurse Meme: I'm sorry honey, mommy's a nurse so we only go to the doctor when we're dying.

And you can’t fake sick either!

Mom of the year!

Funny Nursing Meme: You can't fake sick with me, mommy's a nurse.

Sometimes even more!

So, what’s your average “WTF” count per shift?

Nurse Meme: I silently utter "WTF" at least 20 times per shift.

Dealing with rude patients

Yes, dealing with difficult patients every single shift!

Rude Patient Nurse Meme

Ohhhh yeah!

My unexpected allies!

Happy nurse: when family comes in and puts the patient in their place.

And rude interns

Someone’s gonna die today

Charge Nurse VS Karen

Every. Single. Time.

Charge Nurse Meme vs Karen

Found this on our break room

Now they’re just pushing it!

nurse meme: employees must stop crying before returning to work

When admin lures you to take an extra shift

…and you’re not buying the BS!

10/10 Pain

Lost it at “giving birth”. LOL!

Pain nurse meme

Nurse on Break

This is you. This is me. This is us. This nurse meme really captured that moment.

Funny Nurse Meme: Chilling in the Supply Room


This is you. This is me. This is us. But yeah, whiteboards help in communicating care.

Funny Whiteboard Nurse Meme: I suspect the cause of death was, his whiteboard wasn't updated.

Toxic Shift

Don’t you wish you could do this sometimes?

Extremely Toxic Day Nurse Meme: I'd like to sign my AMA papers now, get back to work!

Santa knows

That even Santa Claus can’t help us. :(

Santa Claus Christmas Nurse Meme: "For Christmas I want a Dragon,' ' Be Realistic'.

Nurses Making Gifts

Be it Christmas, a birthday, wedding, or any gift-giving holiday, you know you’re a nurse that you use a micropore tape to wrap your gifts with. Why not step up your game? Here are some gift ideas for nurses.

Nurses wrapping gifts with micropore tape meme.

And when you’re assigned to decorate the unit

Deck the halls, nurse!

Christmas Nurse Meme

Hospital bed table

Hating on this!

Hospital Bed Table Meme in Nursing

Choices, choices

When you’re super exhausted after a shift:

Greys Anatomy Meme: Sleep or Shower and also Starving

And this is how you would look like:

Accurate and actual photo of me after a shift. They really captured my eyes.

Start of Nursing Shift and End of Nursing Shift Meme

Elixir of life

Nursing is the best skin care. 5/5.

Who says nursing is stressful? I'm 39 and I feel great!


Now here’s a goal I could get behind!


Tanks for nurses

Sign the petition!

Tanks for nurses

“A simple no would be fine”


Management Calling You Next Day Meme

But they’re persistent!

Please don’t give them any ideas.

ouija board nurse meme

Nurses Playing Cards Memes

Nurses playing card memes became popular when Sen. Maureen Walsh of Washington state when she said that nurses “probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.”

Go fish!

How a certain senator thinks we assess pain levels.

Nurses Playing Cards Meme: Maureen Walsh

Nurses playing cards

Yeah, that’s what we do! /s

Nurses Playing Card Meme:

Follow the line

And we’re good at it!

Nurses Playing Card Meme: Nurses Follow the Line

Very resourceful!

Will try out these soon!

Nurses Playing Card Meme: Old School Pro Tip

Better things to do

“Sorry, I was winning in poker with my nurse face.”

Nurses Playing Card Meme: Skeleton Patient

Nightingale playing cards

The lady with a lamp and a straight flush.

Nurses Playing Card Meme: Florence Nightingale Edition

When nurses troll you

She did end up with decks of playing cards mailed to her office.

Nurses Playing Card Meme: Maureen Walsh Deck

Nursing School and Nursing Student Memes

When nursing school becomes tough, take a break and unwind with these funny nursing school memes.

When nursing school seemed liked a good idea

Lies! Kidding.Don’t worry, it’s gonna be worth it! Can’t wait to be your colleague!

Nursing school meme: Go to nursing school they said, it won't be that bad they said.

And you can’t quit nursing school because…

When your options are limited

Nurse Meme on Quitting

At the passenger’s seat

This book teaches you two things: medical-surgical nursing and how to lift with your knees.

Nursing School Problem Meme: Passenger Seatbelt Unbuckled Medical Surgical Nursing Text Book

The book that made you cry

Yes, it’s still a better book than Twilight.

Nursing School Memes: Medical Surgical Nursing Book Meme

Pitting edema

How they should have taught this in nursing school. This is easily +4.

Pitting Edema Nurse Meme

Something to inspire you

What inspired you to become a nurse?

Inspiring Nurse

When nursing school beats you hard

When nursing school beats you hard that you won’t need a bae.

Funny nursing school meme for nursing students

Plea of a student nurse

And a plea I can get behind.

Student Nurse Meme to Antivaxxers

Laminate your notes

Not only it prevents tears, it prevent smears too!

Nursing School Tip: Laminate Your Notes So Tears Roll Off - Nursing School Meme.

Trick or treat?!

Trying to scare the whole neighborhood this halloween.

Nursing school meme: Halloween pumpkin. Putting out a really scary pumpkin for halloween.

Ahh! Those dreaded SATA questions

And 50% of your NCLEX questions are select all that apply. F

How I feel when answering Select All That Apply Questions for NCLEX - Nursing School Memes.

Newbie nurses be like…

Get that experience! You’ll make mistakes, learn from them!

Stuff they didn't teach you in nursing school – volume 1 – nursing school meme.

You can overcome this!

Take a life lesson from post-2007-Britney Spears.

Nursing School Meme: Britney Spears in 2007, You can get through nursing school.

Student Nurse Diagnosis

Isolation, lack of sleep, stress and more! Make your time in nursing school worth it! Make everything a learning opportunity!

Student Nurse Diagnosis Meme: Sleep Deprivation, Stress, Imbalanced Nutrition

Nursing shortage

Nursing school makes you figure out a lot of things!

Nursing School Meme: Student nurse figures out why there is a nursing shortage.

Student loans

Oh student loan, thanks for getting me through nursing school but I don’t think I can repay you.

Nursing school loans meme: pennywise.

Nursing pharmacology

Making nursing pharmacology fun.

Harry Potter, Voldemort Nurse Meme: MRSA vs Vancomycin

Follow your dreams!

Work hard and it’ll be worth it!

Follow Your Nursing Dreams!

Nurses Week Memes

Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 to 12 to honor the work and impact of nurses in society. Here are a few funny nurses week memes and nurses week eCards you can share:

Because nurses rock

How low can they go?!

Every time.

It’s payback time.

Nurses Week Meme: Gift Me

When management forces you to celebrate

…with cheap pizza, pens, lanyards and etc.

Nurses Week Meme: Mandatory Enthusiasm

Night shift nurses

You really captured me with those eyes. Zzzz.

Night Shift Nurses: Nurses Week


Management: “We appreciate what you do, thank you! Now get back to work!”

Nurses Week Meme

Nurses Week Poem


Nurses Week Poem

Nurses Week Gift Rehash!

Ohh a pen!

Nurses Week Meme: Re-Hash Gifts

A nurse could wish

What are you wishing for this nurses week?

Nurses Week Florence Nightingale Meme

Honorable impersonation

Because saving lives is sexy!

Celebrating Nurses Week Meme Funny

Grumpy cat wishes you a nurses week!

What’s the best nurses week gift you’ve received?

Grumpy Cat Nurses Week Meme

A day is enough

Free day for nurses!

Happy Nurses Week!


Because nurses are that amazing.

Happy Nurses Week Meme!

Male Nurse Memes

Now here are some memes related to men in nursing!

All-out war declared by male nurses

These nurses at Holston Valley Medical Center shaved their beards to comply with the CDC’s guideline on the use of masks while caring for COVID-19 patients. Kudos!

Nursing Shift Gains!

And it only took him three shifts!

Male Nurse Meme: What's your workout routine like? One where I lift patients all day.

And you get this response:


Lifting Patients Nurse Meme: Heidi and Clara

And you get this response:


Male Nurse Meme: Why did you become a male nurse?

Being the only male in nursing be like…

Aww cute!

Male Nurse Meme: Women to Men Ratio in Nursing School

Male nurse: a definition

What male nurses really do.

Male Nurse: What They Really Do

Nurse Ratched Memes

Nurse Ratched is a popular meme among nursing as she became a stereotype of being a cold,implacable head nurse. Here are some memes related to Nurse Ratched.

Sexy nurse for halloween?

No one says it better than the terrifying Nurse Ratched.

Nurse Ratched Meme: Sexy Halloween Nurse Costume.

Oh Nurse Ratched

Be nice to nurses!

Nurse Ratched Meme: Be nice to me, I may be your nurse one day, needles and cathethers comes in sizes I choose.

Bad Mood

But yeah, don’t forget to leave it all at work.

Nurse Ratched: I wish I could take my family to work so they could see why I'm such a when I get home.

It’s time for your medication

Medication time. Medication time.

Nurse Ratched Meme 3


And the “H” in means hospital, and not Hilton.

Nurse Ratched: Refreshments and Narcotics

Short of breath

Still, 18 respirations.

Nurse Ratched Meme: Shortness of Breath

ER Nurse and ICU Nurse Memes

We know ICU and ER nurses are two different personalities, we make light of their “cold war” with these funny nurse memes:

Making ER nurses happy

And everyone else happy!

ER Nurse Meme: Ativan Salt Lick in the waiting room.

Starting an IV line

Ever had that moment where you thought to yourself: “Dang, I could insert a gauge 14 on that easily.”

Nurse Meme Vein Tourniquet

When the doctor orders a banana bag

Let’s cure that hangover.

ER Nurse Meme: Curing that hangover with a banana bag.

And you’re like

In full panic mode:

ER Nurse Meme: Putting on gloves meme.

You know you’re a nurse when….

You understand this:

Extreme Nurse Charting Meme

Nursing notes

Accurate meaning.

Nurses Chart Meme: What nursing notes really mean.

Send help!

How NOT to deal with a crazy patient.

Cheeto Lock Nurse Ativan Meme

Three simple rules

*slow clap*

Intern Doctors 3 Rules: Listen to Nurses, Follow Nurses, and Respect Nurses

Nurses: protecting you from death

It’s our job! :)

Scrubs Nurse Meme: I thought check with you before I kill a man.

Ahh, a burn book

Because you’ve seen how they’ve worked. ;)

Nurse Doctor Meme: If I collapse at work, here's a list of doctors that I don't want working on me.

Making our patients happy

ICU nurse going beyond to make her patients happy.

Christmas Nurse Meme: ICU Version

6ix9ine snitching on nurses

Respiratory rate: ain’t nobody got time for that?!

Respiratory rate ER nurse meme: "No one is counting respirations they just document 18"

Dating a Nurse Memes

What it’s like to date a nurse? Here are some hilarious reasons on why you should date nurses — meme-style.

Improvising your nurse dating life

If you like your dates intubated and sedated.

Dating a Nurse Meme: Improvising Your Love Life.

Marrying nurses

“Looking for: Nurses”

Dating A Nurse Meme: Marrying a nurse!


Something a nurse would definitely say.

When Nurses Date Meme: No I don't need a transplant.


Thanks, Leo.

Dating a Nurse Meme: Leonardo Dicaprio Raise Your Glass or Raise Your Standards


What men think dating a nurse will be like.

Dating A Nurse Meme: Sexy or Sleeping?

COVID-19 Nurse Memes

Some of the most popular memes about COVID-19.

“Thoughts and prayers”

Those flybys though.

Testing for COVID-19

How it feels like sometimes.


AM Labs

And then it’s hemolyzed.



Where do I sign?

I can’t taste a thing”



Leaving this here. Stay safe and responsible!


Matt Vera, a registered nurse since 2009, leverages his experiences as a former student struggling with complex nursing topics to help aspiring nurses as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs, simplifying the learning process, breaking down complicated subjects, and finding innovative ways to assist students in reaching their full potential as future healthcare providers.

4 thoughts on “101 Funniest Nurse Memes That Are Ridiculously Relatable”

  1. Still trying to get to sleep after my 3rd night in a row. Last night my 12 hr night shift turned into 17 hrs…..got home, decontaminated under the hot shower, took 800mg of ibuprofen for my splitting h/a and back pain, laid down and heard in my head 100 call lights going off spontaneously, vents alarming and tele monitors dinging everytime the patient moves or a lead popped off.
    As if that weren’t enough brain overstimulation, my phone dinged…… the hospital’s house supervisor asked me to work tonight because there was a call-in….OMG I wish I would’ve seen the “Negative 4 Degrees” meme before I responded, ‘sorry, I have plans’….. Like eating a proper meal, elevating my swollen feet and getting rid of my N95 masks outline on my face, all the while drinking my wine straight from the bottle.
    The next text I get from the Nsg Sup is gonna get a pic of that meme instead 😉


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