Discharge Rules

The nurse entered a patient’s room with a wheel chair. An elderly gentleman already dressed, was sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet. When the nurse asked the man to take a seat in the wheel chair, the old man insisted he didn’t need any help to leave the hospital.

The nurse explained to the man that rules are rules, and that she was required to wheel him out. He reluctantly sat in the chair, and the nurse wheeled him down the hall into the elevator.

On the way down the nurse asked if his wife or other family member was waiting downstairs to meet him.

“I don’t know,” he said. “My wife is still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.”

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