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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.

When showering is not enough

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

Intermittent Fasting

Nurses invented it!

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.


What winning the lottery is like in nursing:

New nurse blues

Make sure this is part of the tour.

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!

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.

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.

Because of the all-night buffet

And the reporting goes like…

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

And when it took forever to report…

Ahh..charting: 80% of nursing.

And you had too much fun charting

When the data refutes the claim.

Maybe she was following this:

Charting it like you mean it.

Now that’s continuity of care

Wishing this to all of you!

Therapy animals

Hey 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.

And you can’t fake sick either!

Mom of the year!

Sometimes even more!

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

Dealing with rude patients

Yes, dealing with difficult patients every single shift!

Ohhhh yeah!

My unexpected allies!

And rude interns

Someone’s gonna die today

Charge Nurse VS Karen

Every. Single. Time.

Found this on our break room

Now they’re just pushing it!

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!

Nurse on Break

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


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

Toxic Shift

Don’t you wish you could do this sometimes?

Santa knows

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

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.

And when you’re assigned to decorate the unit

Deck the halls, nurse!

Hospital bed table

Hating on this!

Choices, choices

When you’re super exhausted after a shift:

And this is how you would look like:

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

Elixir of life

Nursing is the best skin care. 5/5.


Now here’s a goal I could get behind!


Tanks for nurses

Sign the petition!

“A simple no would be fine”


But they’re persistent!

Please don’t give them any ideas.

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

Yeah, that’s what we do! /s

Follow the line

And we’re good at it!

Very resourceful!

Will try out these soon!

Better things to do

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

Nightingale playing cards

The lady with a lamp and a straight flush.

When nurses troll you

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.

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!

And you can’t quit nursing school because…

When your options are limited

At the passenger’s seat

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

The book that made you cry

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

Pitting edema

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

Something to inspire you

What inspired you to become a nurse?

When nursing school beats you hard

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

Plea of a student nurse

And a plea I can get behind.

Laminate your notes

Not only it prevents tears, it prevent smears too!

Trick or treat?!

Trying to scare the whole neighborhood this halloween.

Ahh! Those dreaded SATA questions

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

Newbie nurses be like…

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

You can overcome this!

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

Student Nurse Diagnosis

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

Nursing shortage

Nursing school makes you figure out a lot of things!

Student loans

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

Nursing pharmacology

Making nursing pharmacology fun.

Follow your dreams!

Work hard and it’ll be worth it!

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.

When management forces you to celebrate

…with cheap pizza, pens, lanyards and etc.

Night shift nurses

You really captured me with those eyes. Zzzz.


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

Nurses Week Poem


Nurses Week Gift Rehash!

Ohh a pen!

A nurse could wish

What are you wishing for this nurses week?

Honorable impersonation

Because saving lives is sexy!

Grumpy cat wishes you a nurses week!

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

A day is enough

Free day for nurses!


Because nurses are that amazing.

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!

And you get this response:


And you get this response:


Being the only male in nursing be like…

Aww cute!

Male nurse: a definition

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.

Sexy nurse for halloween?

No one says it better than the terrifying Nurse Ratched.

Oh Nurse Ratched

Be nice to nurses!

Bad Mood

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

It’s time for your medication

Medication time. Medication time.


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

Short 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:

Making ER nurses happy

And everyone else happy!

Starting an IV line

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

When the doctor orders a banana bag

Let’s cure that hangover.

And you’re like

In full panic mode:

You know you’re a nurse when….

You understand this:

Nursing notes

Accurate meaning.

Send help!

How NOT to deal with a crazy patient.

Three simple rules

*slow clap*

Nurses: protecting you from death

It’s our job! :)

Ahh, a burn book

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

Making our patients happy

ICU nurse going beyond to make her patients happy.

6ix9ine 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.

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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