Valentine candy hearts will be flying off shelves this week as Valentine's Day approaches.
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My Funny Nurse Valentine: Joke cards to send to your co-workers

Roses are red, violets are blue; we love nurses, but we especially like to amuse them with puns and off-color jokes on Valentine's Day. So it doesn't rhyme, but it's still correct! While February 14 can always be a romantic or hearts-and-flowers day, it's also a great chance to gift nurse-workers a smile with a funny Valentine.

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And the meme makers are out in full force, so the biggest struggle is figuring out which one of your nurse friends can hack the most bathroom humor, and which would prefer medical puns.

Before you think, "How fun!" do slow down long enough to examine your motives. No Valentine sent to a coworker at home or at work should reveal romantic or sexual feelings from the sender. Nor should the contents make them uncomfortable or violate any HR guidelines. Once you're in the clear on those restrictions, have fun and share laughs with these ideas:

If you're into hand lettering, perhaps write one of these catchy clips on a lunch bag, sample cup or discarded bandage wrapper. Try "so happy you're enema life" or riff off the word "aorta," as in "I aorta be wishing you a Valentine's Day without any callouts."

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But if you'd like someone else to line up the meme and you just hit "send," start with Nursetopia. The blog offers plenty of fun co-worker Valentines available for free download, many of them "roll your eyes" puns that nurses are so fond of. Just make sure to credit them by downloading the Valentine from their site instead of using their wit to produce your own meme. A sample:

"Is your name Aphasia? Because you leave me speechless."

"We be-lung together. Happy Valentine's Day."

From 2017:

"You cleared the shared work queue? Swoon."

"You had me at 'We're overstaffed and someone needs to go home.' Happy Valentine's Day."

For some pun-ny humor from the Land Down Under, borrow one of these two from Health Care Australia's hilarious VD offerings:

"Urine my thoughts."

"I lobe you." 

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To amp it up with a gift they might still have for next year, consider a t-shirt for your co-worker's Valentine. Teepublic has one that declares "Boo boo crew" with lots of hearts and bandaids, while I Love Apparel offers hoodies that broadcast, "Forget the glass slippers, this princess wears scrubs." And Zazzle brings on a heart day chuckle with its t-shirt slogan, "Feel safe at night. Sleep with a nurse."

And for a nurse co-worker Valentine gift that probably won't make it to the next break, Etsy vendor UniqueAnomaly sells sheets of EKG heart stickers that are the perfect size for affixing to the bottom of Hershey's kisses.

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