I’ve done a similar post before, but I think this theme deserves to be revisited.
You might be a nurse (or other healthcare member) if . . .
- You’re watching Sunday night football & every time you see the SNF logo, you think skilled nursing facility.
- Being sick SUCKS because you always think of every worst case scenario known to mankind . . . because that’s how you have to think when you take care of other people for a living.
- You have absolutely no conception of what constitutes normal meal-time conversation . . . You mean sex & gross stories about all manner of bodily fluids & pooping aren’t normal dinner table topics? Oops.
- You read a friend’s post that starts off or ends with PTL & you wonder why they’re talking about pre-term labor.
- Or you read PSA somewhere & your first thought is prostate specific antigen.
- You casually refer to medications by their classifications (such as NSAIDs, SSRIs, or PPIs) without realizing that the average person has no idea what you’re talking about. Sorry, guys.
- You want to roll your eyes every time someone asks you what you’re doing for the holidays because the answer is almost always “working.”
- You swear you can hear IV pumps beeping or telemetry alarms sounding in your sleep.
- You’ve walked in on someone masturbating & that person wasn’t a relative or roommate . . . Yep, this happens way more often than you might think.
- You’ve discovered that seemingly frail elderly men (& women) can actually be very strong . . . & many of them really enjoy being nude . . .
- Random people whom you haven’t really talked to in years message you to ask for health advice, sometimes about really private matters . . . But you don’t mind because in some strange way you feel honored that these folks trust you so much.
- You want to (or actually do) scream at the TV every time you see people on medical shows shocking patients in asystole! No!!
- You’ve bought “old lady” compression hose at the pharmacy because you’re trying to prevent those unsightly varicose veins you have the pleasure of seeing all the time.
- You’ve come back to work only to find that a patient you cared for a few days ago is now on isolation . . . Ughhhh.
- You’ve ever had to remind yourself that you don’t have to measure your OWN (or your pet’s) I&O (that’s intake & output).
- Every time you hear 9-5’ers complaining about traffic, you can’t help but smile to yourself & think “you poor miserable chumps.”
- On the other hand whenever someone says to you “Oh, it must be so easy to only work 3 days a week,” you kind of want to strangle them because they clearly have no idea how difficult those 3 days are. (That being said, I do love working only 3 days a week, & you definitely won’t see me looking for a 9-5 job any time soon, if ever.)
- You have a list of doctors & nurses you never want to take care of you if/when you’re ever hospitalized . . . & another list of those you absolutely DO want to take care of you.
- You’ve ever felt like a juggler, a waitress (or waiter), a baby-sitter, & a scribe . . . all within the first hour of your shift.