"You know you are an ER Nurse when..." - page 2

When you can drink water out of a graduated container and not get grossed out:smokin:... Read More

  1. by   Jen2
    You understand that some people may be quite sick according to some standards and may very well be admitted with that pneumonia, but your idea of sick is just after a chest is cracked you get to use the internal paddles. Afterwards you look at the staff and say, "That guy was sick"

    The floor calls down and asks if you can give them another 30 minutes before you send the patient up because he/she has three antibiotics to hang at 10:00 and you then wonder what you are goiing to do with those three helicoptors flying around the roof waiting to land.

    You tell the physician what medication your patient needs, because he couldn't possibly know more than you (ie Toradol or Ativan for that 20 year old chest pain instead of Nitro or Morphine)

    You have lab results, CXR, and EKG already ordered completed and on the chart and the patient chest pain free after the protocal orders before the physician even walks in the room to see the patient.

    You can get a 16 gauge in anything

    You actually get excited over going to work in bad weather because you might get some really interesting cases tonight.

    Thats all I can think of for now.
  2. by   NurseMatt
    I can't wait to get into the ER! These are GREAT!!!
  3. by   ERNurse752
    I was actually happy I got peed on earlier, b/c it meant I could change into some nifty cranberry hospital scrubs.
  4. by   sweetVTnurse
    For any nurse . . .

    You need to rewrite a note you leave for your family because you realize it is full of medical abreviations.:wink2:
  5. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from NewERLPN
    When you have a discussion of a GI bleed, abscess, etc over lunch.
    ... or poop. I actually found myself talking about that last week. Incredible.
    Last edit by chris_at_lucas_RN on Dec 28, '05
  6. by   JBudd
    You know you're an ER nurse when you are in your civvies, in your own van full of kids, and all the EMS crews are waving hello when they go by. Or walking your sister's dogs, and they stop to chat. Or your kitchen is on fire, and you put it out, so when the FD comes along they get out and yell Hey! what's going on? and stop to chat before checking out the smoking hole that was your stove. Or when you are putting in a new mail box and a drunk stops to ask you to call the police and your only answer is "why, do you want a night in protective custody?", and when you're in the house calling he tries to open your door and come in, and the dispatcher is yelling "he's coming in your house? lock the door!", your reply is "aw, he's not belligerent", and you just make him go sit on the porch until the PD arrives.:spin:

    you know? maybe I've been there too long.
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from JBudd
    You know you're an ER nurse when you are in your civvies, in your own van full of kids, and all the EMS crews are waving hello when they go by. Or walking your sister's dogs, and they stop to chat. Or your kitchen is on fire, and you put it out, so when the FD comes along they get out and yell Hey! what's going on? and stop to chat before checking out the smoking hole that was your stove. Or when you are putting in a new mail box and a drunk stops to ask you to call the police and your only answer is "why, do you want a night in protective custody?", and when you're in the house calling he tries to open your door and come in, and the dispatcher is yelling "he's coming in your house? lock the door!", your reply is "aw, he's not belligerent", and you just make him go sit on the porch until the PD arrives.:spin:

    you know? maybe I've been there too long.
    :roll
    :roll :roll
  8. by   TazziRN
    Quote from LeahJet
    When my baby was not even a day old, I was checking her veins out....'hmmm, could probably get a 24g in that"
    NORMAL people count fingers and toes....

    OMG!!!! I did that!!!!!! First thing I looked at were her little hands and I was relieved when I saw veins!
  9. by   Keysnurse2008
    Your favorite "hobby" at work is watching thru the tinted glass to see which patients "can walk and run" to the ER doors fine......but once thru the ER doors....have to "HOLD" to the ED walls as they limp helplessly to the triage nurse.
  10. by   tropicbound
    I'm a nursing student and have just had a ball reading this thread!!! Thanks to all who posted, I'll add my two cents in oh ... two years or so. THANKS.
  11. by   Jen2
    TNNURSE That one was great. You really hit the nail on the head with that one.
  12. by   Sara, RN
    When you go to your place of employment with your dehydrated 2 year old, tell the Doc you've done everything you can at home, you want a fluid bolus & some phenergan...you proceed to put in the line then snuggle up with your son for a much needed snooze by both of you! And after that, all's well.
  13. by   Victoriakem
    Quote from TNNURSE
    Your favorite "hobby" at work is watching thru the tinted glass to see which patients "can walk and run" to the ER doors fine......but once thru the ER doors....have to "HOLD" to the ED walls as they limp helplessly to the triage nurse.
    A coworker who worked Triage & had someone who complained of back pain so terrible, "they couldn't move" would drop her pen on the floor & see the patient would bend over to pick it up. When that patient demonstrated that they could indeed bend over to retrieve the pen for her, she would document that for the Doc to see. Some back pain!

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