"I am a nurse!" - page 3

Ever have a patient or family member who, the first thing out of their mouth is "I am a nurse!". Then they proceed to brag about their illustrious career, showing off their knowledge, grandstanding... Read More

  1. by   pixierose
    Quote from ruby_jane
    My mom (to the cancer doc) - "Well, my daughter's a nurse."

    Me: A PEDIATRIC nurse, mom.

    As a similar poster mentioned....most "nurses" here end up not being RNs with a current license to practice. Smile and wave...
    This was my mom when she was fighting cancer. She told everyone from the surgeon to the radiologist to every.single.nurse she encountered how "her daughter was a nurse and worked in this same hospital!"

    ... and I had to correct her at the time: "yeah mom, a psych nurse, not oncology."

    Smile and wave...
  2. by   pixierose
    Quote from Amethya
    I'm not a nurse but my parents like to brag to everyone that I'm a Medical Assistant like I am something important and I'm like, No, I'm not that great. I just work with kids.
    You *are* something important.
  3. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    All the damn time!!! I usually respond with something like "you know how this works then" or "good for you great career choice". I treat them & their loved ones no different than any patient in our ER. Often the "nurse" isn't a nurse at all but a CNA or simply someone who helped care for a loved one. Rarely are nurses too intrusive to the point of delaying patient care but when they are our ER has a stellar waiting room with several TVs and close proximity to the vending machines full of fine nutritious treats.
  4. by   Orca
    Quote from Jedrnurse
    I definitely stay incognito in medical situations. I only share experience if I have to provide help to family members/S.O. at home s/p discharge.
    I don't volunteer that I am an RN in medical situations. There have been times when I have been asked my occupation, IMO because I have been given an explanation using medical jargon and I understand it without explanation.
  5. by   Cat365
    I just went to my provider this morning. I have managed to have a provider without them realizing I'm a nurse. However, I think they are on to me.

    "Have you been exposed to anything recently?"

    "I work in an ER, so probably." Busted

    I remember being asked some questions about childbirth from an acquaintance that figured out I was a nurse. My reply "I'm an ER nurse, not maternity. I don't no nothing about birthin no babies Scarlet. But I can run really fast to birthplace."
    Last edit by Cat365 on Mar 27
  6. by   Rocknurse
    Whenever I go to my primary care doctor she always laughs and tells me "you know too much"
  7. by   CelticGoddess
    Quote from Davey Do
    Sort of like Monty Hall on "Let's Make A Deal"?

    montyhall-doors-jpg
    Which door is most correct?
  8. by   Crush
    Quote from ruby_jane
    most "nurses" here end up not being RNs with a current license to practice. Smile and wave...
    I really am a nurse (RN w/ active license) but when I am with my family, I am family.

    I can't use " I am a _____ nurse" since I work float pool and am cross-trained for a variety of areas.

    My point was when I am not at work and with family, I just want to be a part of the family.
    Last edit by Crush on Mar 27
  9. by   CelticGoddess
    Quote from Orca
    I don't volunteer that I am an RN in medical situations. There have been times when I have been asked my occupation, IMO because I have been given an explanation using medical jargon and I understand it without explanation.
    I don't volunteer either. My husband, however, has a difficult time keeping his mouth shut. He will announce to all and sundry that I am a nurse. It wasn't so bad when I was a patient at the sister facility I used to work for because I already worked with the Docs but now that I go to a different facility, I want him to shut his mouth. Oh well. At least I try to be a nice patient. Except when the put the bed alarm on!
  10. by   OldDude
    OK how about this...I attend a basketball game, or other sporting event, watching one of my kids. A lot of people know me and know I'm a school nurse...some kid takes a tumble and doesn't immediately jump up...I look around and a hundred heads on our side of the bleachers will turn and give me THE LOOK; "well are you going to do something?" Ugh...
  11. by   Crush
    Quote from OldDude
    OK how about this...I attend a basketball game, or other sporting event, watching one of my kids. A lot of people know me and know I'm a school nurse...some kid takes a tumble and doesn't immediately jump up...I look around and a hundred heads on our side of the bleachers will turn and give me THE LOOK; "well are you going to do something?" Ugh...
    I would jump up with no problem and assist. A medical emergency is different than when family bombards you with nursing questions.
    Last edit by Crush on Mar 27
  12. by   sevensonnets
    It's been my experience that visitors who straight off the bat identify themselves as nurses generally aren't. We had one real troublemaker who claimed to be a nurse and interfered with everything we tried to do with her aunt. She plagued us. It came to a head one day over something she thought was a arrhythmia on the monitor. I'm a nurse myself. You need to call the doctor NOW. Asked which ICU she worked in. The patient herself said, "I've had enough of this! My niece is not a nurse. She flunked out of nursing school!" The patient put her out of the room!
  13. by   Kitiger
    [QUOTE=Crush;9780762]I really am a nurse (RN w/ active license) but when I am with my family, I am family.

    I can't use " I am a _____ nurse" since I work float pool and am cross-trained for a variety of areas.

    My point was when I am not at work and with family, I just want to be a part of the family.[/QUOTE]

    Yes. Especially when the patient is someone whom I love deeply (my Mom), don't expect me to think clearly during her crisis. I'm her daughter! Let me be her daughter.

    Wow, tears in my eyes as I write this.

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