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Top 10 Reasons You KNOW You’re a Nurse

Top 10 Reasons You KNOW You’re a Nurse

Sean Dent | Scrubs Magazine

1. You wash your hands before you use the bathroom.

Isn’t microbiology a wonderful thing? My microbiology class scared the be-jeezus outta me. After that class I never looked at another public bathroom, restaurant, or salad bar the same. Things I notice about the ‘cleanliness’ of society leaves me speechless sometimes. If they only knew what they were really touching.

2. You know the smell of different diarrhea to identify it.

Can you say C-diff? And on that note you can also differentiate different disease processes or infections simply by their smell. Ever smelled GI bleed? How about pseudomonas?

3. You check the caller ID on your day off to see if anyone from the hospital is trying to call and ask you to work.

You’re lying if you’ve never done this.

4. Discussing bodily fluids over a gourmet meal seems perfectly normal to you.

I’m married to a nurse, so we speak freely all the time during our conversations. We have to ‘check’ ourselves – or be told to ‘check’ our topic of conversations when we have family gatherings. It’s not pretty.

5. Every time someone asks you for a pen you can find at least 4 of them on you.

Nurses and their pens. You know very well you hoard and protect your ‘good’ pen, or your ‘favorite’ pen like it’s your stethoscope. I know I’ve scolded a few secretaries, doctors and fellow nurses for havin’ some sticky fingers.

6. Your bladder can expand to the size of a Winnebago’s water tank.

Peeing? What’s that? Bathroom break? What’s that?

7. You find yourself checking out other customer’s veins in grocery waiting lines.

This may only apply to those of us in the critical care world – but you know you do it. You see someone with ‘pipe cleaners’ for veins and all you can think is ‘MAN- I could get a 16 in there’. Besides it’s a rare occasion you start an IV on ANYONE who isn’t in their 90’s and dehydrated!

8. Your finger has gone places you never thought possible.

Whether on purpose or accident we sometimes wish we didn’t share this trait.

9. You think caffeine should be available in IV form.

Oh – dare to dream.

10. You’ve used the word ‘rationale’, the phrase ‘as evidenced by’, or quoted a nursing diagnosis in everyday life.

And I thought this would stop or drop off once I was a couple years out of basic nursing school! Nah. I still do it.

What will you find in a Nurse’s pocket? Join the discussion and find out!

More on ScrubsMag.com:

In MD/RN: 10 Questions I’d Love to Ask Some MDs
In Student Nurse: 10 Things I Want After Graduation
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    znov

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Very Nicely said, all ten. :)

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    Double26

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I love this...especially number 10. I'm a new grad RN and I still use nursing diagnoses and jargon in everyday life...still holding out hope that it'll stop some day, but I guess that's not likely! Oh well! Thanks for the amusing read :)

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    Account Removed

    almost 5 years ago

    Oh this is sad yet very funny ... I am not normal!!! I have been a medsurg RN for 6 yrs now

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    brownangel843

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Too funny but so true!

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    Belhie

    almost 5 years ago

    12 comments

    No kidding! My hubby has to remind me about "proper" dinner conversation as I recap my day during dinner.
    He calls me a vampire when I point out at "great veins" while out shopping! This was soooo funny. Thanks for sharing!!

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    urnurse1

    almost 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Oh is this so true...lol!!! Or how bout when you feel that carrying hand sanitizer EVERYWHERE you go becomes a must!!!!! Not even kidding about this one!! Am i wrong?? :)

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    chrys

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    funny how i found myself laughing while reading this article. :) so true!

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    LuciRice

    almost 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Had to really laugh at the bladder one...I'm finishing up my ADN and at school today I heard one of the new LPN students tell her instructor that she had to go to the bathroom before she went back to class...instinctivly I said, "bathroom - real nurses don't go there until the end of their shift!" At least it got a laugh from the instructors.

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    mayra2373

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    A co-worker a I went to change our pay checks at the bank, we were comenting and looking to the tellers hand veins, and when she notice our faces and the conversation we were having, she yield at us laughing, oh my God, you had to be nurses. We work at an emergency room, and we can't help ourselves, we just have to do this, and believe us, we do this all the time.

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    kscowgirl4u

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    After being a nurse for 24 yrs., I was totally laughing here with this , cause they are all sooo true..i'm still laughing and had to share it with fellow co-workers. My husband had to agree with a lot of it also..tooo funny. Thx for the laugh!!

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    tabbigirl87

    almost 5 years ago

    64 comments

    So this is what I get to look forward to once I graduate and start working as a RN?

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    patrickokeefe

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    you know when you're a new grad nurse when you are UNEMPLOYED!

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    mlaude

    almost 5 years ago

    56 comments

    funny but very true!!!

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    bethenextstep

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    Once again.. thanks for the props! Glad you liked it!

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    eisyhot

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    SO funny! SO true!

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