101 Funniest Nurse Memes That Are Ridiculously Relatable

Overdose yourself with these nurse memes and let out that bellow of laughter

Collection of the funniest nurse memes, nurses week memes, nursing school memes!

Here’s is our collection of the funniest nurse memes of 2020! Nurses and student nurses alike, enjoy our list of these funny memes to help you destress after a hard day’s work!

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 more happy 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 wellbeing. In nursing school, humor used through teaching methods help increase the student’s attention span and improves retention. The positive effects of humor, if utilized appropriately, extend to patients too, especially during teaching.

Funny Nurse Memes

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

1Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse Meme

Being a nurse, according to different people.

2When showering is not enough

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

3Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting Nurse Meme

Nurses invented it!

4Things that wake you up at night

Sleep Brain Narcotic Nurse Meme

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


What winning the lottery is like in nursing:

6New nurse blues

Make sure this is part of the tour.

7When your life has ended and still no meds

Nurses Waiting on Pharmacy to Send their Meds

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

8Nursing: Where you’ve seen it all!

Nurse Meme: Nurses Have Seen It All

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

9OR nurses can relate

Hospital Gown Nurse Meme

There is always one.

10This one’s for the L&D nurses

OB Nurse Meme

And it’s a boy!

11Hide yo snacks, hide yo drinks

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

12Reporting to day shift

It’s called graveyard shift for a reason.

13And the reporting goes like…

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

14And when it took forever to report…

Ahh..charting: 80% of nursing.

15Maybe she was following this:

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

Charting it like you mean it.

16Now that’s continuity of care

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

Wishing this to all of you!

17Therapy animals

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

Hey it’s cativan!

18When 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.

19And you can’t fake sick either!

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

Mom of the year!

20Sometimes even more!

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

21Rude patients

Rude Patient Nurse Meme

Yes, dealing with difficult patients every single shift!

22Rude patients

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

Yes, dealing with difficult patients every single shift!

23Charge Nurse VS Karen

Charge Nurse Meme vs Karen

Every. Single. Time.

2410/10 Pain

Pain nurse meme

Lost it at “giving birth”. LOL!

25Nurse on Break

Funny Nurse Meme: Chilling in the Supply Room

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


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

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

27Toxic Shift

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

Don’t you wish you could do this sometimes?

28Santa knows

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

29Nurses 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.

30And when you’re assigned to decorate the unit

Christmas Nurse Meme

Deck the halls, nurse!

31Hospital bed table

Hospital Bed Table Meme in Nursing

Hating on this!

32Choices, choices

Greys Anatomy Meme: Sleep or Shower and also Starving

When you’re super exhausted after a shift:

33And this is how you would look like:

Start of Nursing Shift and End of Nursing Shift Meme

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

34Elixir of life

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

Nursing is the best skin care. 5/5.

35Tanks for nurses

Tanks for nurses

Sign the petition!

36“A simple no would be fine”

Management Calling You Next Day 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.”

37Go fish!

Nurses Playing Cards Meme: Maureen Walsh

How a certain senator thinks we assess pain levels.

38Nurses playing cards

Nurses Playing Card Meme:

Yeah, that’s what we do! /s

39Follow the line

Nurses Playing Card Meme: Nurses Follow the Line

And we’re good at it!

40Very resourceful!

Nurses Playing Card Meme: Old School Pro Tip

Will try out these soon!

41Better things to do

Nurses Playing Card Meme: Skeleton Patient

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

42Nightingale playing cards

Nurses Playing Card Meme: Florence Nightingale Edition

The lady with a lamp and a straight flush.

43When nurses troll you

Nurses Playing Card Meme: Maureen Walsh Deck

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

Nursing School and Nursing Student Memes

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

44When 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!

45And you can’t quit nursing school because…

Nurse Meme on Quitting

When your options are limited

46At the passenger’s seat

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

47The book that made you cry

Nursing School Memes: Medical Surgical Nursing Book Meme

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

48Pitting edema

Pitting Edema Nurse Meme

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

49Something to inspire you

Inspiring Nurse

What inspired you to become a nurse?

50When nursing school beats you hard

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

51Plea of a student nurse

Student Nurse Meme to Antivaxxers

And a plea I can get behind.

52Laminate your notes

Not only it prevents tears, it prevent smears too!


53Trick or treat?!

Trying to scare the whole neighborhood this halloween.

54Ahh! Those dreaded SATA questions

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

55Newbie nurses be like…

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

56You can overcome this!

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

57Student Nurse Diagnosis

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

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

58Nursing shortage

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

Nursing school makes you figure out a lot of things!

59Student loans

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

60Nursing pharmacology

Harry Potter, Voldemort Nurse Meme: MRSA vs Vancomycin

Making nursing pharmacology fun.

61Follow your dreams!

Follow Your Nursing Dreams!

Work hard and it’ll be worth it!

Nurses Week Memes

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


Nurses Week Meme: Gift Me

It’s payback time.

63When management forces you to celebrate

Nurses Week Meme: Mandatory Enthusiasm

…with cheap pizza, pens, lanyards and etc.

64Night shift nurses

Night Shift Nurses: Nurses Week

You really captured me with those eyes. Zzzz.


Nurses Week Meme

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

66Nurses Week Poem

Nurses Week Poem


67Nurses Week Gift Rehash!

Nurses Week Meme: Re-Hash Gifts

Ohh a pen!

68A nurse could wish

Nurses Week Florence Nightingale Meme

What are you wishing for this nurses week?

69Honorable impersonation

Celebrating Nurses Week Meme Funny

Because saving lives is sexy!

70Grumpy cat wishes you a nurses week!

Grumpy Cat Nurses Week Meme

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

71A day is enough

Happy Nurses Week!

Free day for nurses!


Happy Nurses Week Meme!

Because nurses are that amazing.

Male Nurse Memes

Now here are some memes related to men into nursing!

73All-out war declared by male nurses

Male Nurse Memes: Male Nurses Declaring All Out War on COVID19

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

74Nursing Shift Gains!

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

And it only took him three shifts!

75And you get this response:

Lifting Patients Nurse Meme: Heidi and Clara


76And you get this response:

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


77Being the only male in nursing be like…

Male Nurse Meme: Women to Men Ratio in Nursing School

Aww cute!

78Male nurse: a definition

Male Nurse: What They Really Do

What male nurses 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.

79Sexy nurse for halloween?

No one says it better than the terrifying Nurse Ratched.

80Oh Nurse Ratched

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

Be nice to nurses!

81Bad Mood

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

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

82It’s time for your medication

Nurse Ratched Meme 3

Medication time. Medication time.


Nurse Ratched: Refreshments and Narcotics

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

84Short of breath

Nurse Ratched Meme: Shortness of Breath

Still, 18 respirations.

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:

85Making ER nurses happy

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

And everyone else happy!

86Starting an IV line

Nurse Meme Vein Tourniquet

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

87When the doctor orders a banana bag

Let’s cure that hangover.

88And you’re like

ER Nurse Meme: Putting on gloves meme.

In full panic mode:

89You know you’re a nurse when….

Extreme Nurse Charting Meme

You understand this:

90Nursing notes

Nurses Chart Meme: What nursing notes really mean.

Accurate meaning.

91Send help!

Cheeto Lock Nurse Ativan Meme

How NOT to deal with a crazy patient.

92Three simple rules

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

*slow clap*

93Nurses: protecting you from death

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

It’s our job! :)

94Ahh, a burn book

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

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

95Making our patients happy

Christmas Nurse Meme: ICU Version

ICU nurse going beyond to make her patients happy.

966ix9ine snitching on nurses

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

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.

97Improvising your nurse dating life

Dating a Nurse Meme: Improvising Your Love Life with a Mannequin

If you like your dates intubated and sedated.

98Marrying nurses

Dating A Nurse Meme: Marrying a nurse!

“Looking for: Nurses”


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

Something a nurse would definitely say.


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

Thanks, Leo.


Dating A Nurse Meme: Sexy or Sleeping?

What men think dating a nurse will be like.

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Matt Vera is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing since 2009 and is currently working as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs. During his time as a student, he knows how frustrating it is to cram on difficult nursing topics. Finding help online is nearly impossible. His situation drove his passion for helping student nurses by creating content and lectures that are easy to digest. Knowing how valuable nurses are in delivering quality healthcare but limited in number, he wants to educate and inspire nursing students. As a nurse educator since 2010, his goal in Nurseslabs is to simplify the learning process, break down complicated topics, help motivate learners, and look for unique ways of assisting students in mastering core nursing concepts effectively.

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