"I Narcanned Your Honor Student" - page 3

After browsing Reddit today, I came across something that troubled me deeply. This is not the first time I have seen something of this nature displayed. Once I seen an EMT with a VERY similar quote... Read More

  1. by   Flare
    i work a side job that brings me into that world, but requires absolutely none of my nursing muscles. (i know, we never really go off duty, but honestly, that's not what i'm there for). I have seen young people that I can tell have come from an affluent background by the way they talk and dress and carry themselves who have been reduced to the lowest rung due to their addictions. It really makes me sad for them and hopeful that they can get the help they need. (not just them - all the people i come in contact with. Addiction is not just a disease, it's a curse)
    I think the idea of a sticker / meme like that - while i'm not one for bumper stickers, but i am one for dark humor, is maybe just maybe a wake up call that the straight a cheer leader / captain of the team is not immune to being chained to a steel table in the booking room of the local pd unable to string two words together, having narcan squirted up their nose and then wondering who they're going to call because they burned all their bridges last time they got arrested.
  2. by   JKL33
    Quote from hopefulRN'17
    OP - Why are you assuming that someone is taking humor in this situation? You know what they say about assuming, right?

    Did you ever think that maybe the person(s) who created this did so to make the statement that *nobody* is immune from an overdose? It can be anyone from any walk of life including a straight A student.
    Ha, ha...not so much. If that's the message meant to be conveyed, it could've just said something along the lines of "Honor Students Get Narcan, Too", or some such thing that had a more PSA feel to it and didn't involve what "I" did to "your" honor student. No, this is a direct "tit-for-tat", or "Oh yeah? Well ______!" response. Fairly childish...so I guess it's cool if that's how one wants to represent one's profession.
  3. by   NightNerd
    I agree that it's more of a jab at the TMI bumper stickers people use than a judgment on honors students who use drugs. As far as whether this is humor, eh, I've heard better jokes. But, I will say that being able to laugh at some of the things I see doesn't mean I don't have compassion for my patients or want to help them. I can find certain details of a situation to be amusing without forgetting that I'm trying to save a human life and spirit and conducting myself as such.
  4. by   FolksBtrippin
    Quote from JKL33
    Personally I just think it's stupid in that "Everybody look at me, I'm a Rockstar" kind of way. It's actually more about the braggadocio of the person wearing it than the problem of either overdoses or honor students, which I guess I just don't find attractive or impressive. Same reason I wouldn't be caught dead wearing or carrying anything with any "nursing" slogans on it ("Would you rather speak to the doctor or the ***NURSE*** who knows what's going on?"). What is hilarious is the number of times I've seen people wearing these and, well, they haven't quite actually made it to Rockstar status yet.

    ETA: I have a family, and it includes honor students. I don't need any shirts, tote bags or bumper stickers representing those facts either. All stupid.
    This.
  5. by   hopefulRN'17
    Quote from JKL33
    Ha, ha...not so much. If that's the message meant to be conveyed, it could've just said something along the lines of "Honor Students Get Narcan, Too", or some such thing that had a more PSA feel to it and didn't involve what "I" did to "your" honor student. No, this is a direct "tit-for-tat", or "Oh yeah? Well ______!" response. Fairly childish...so I guess it's cool if that's how one wants to represent one's profession.
    I wouldn't wear or tote any kind of bumper sticker, slogan, or anything like that so I guess I didn't look at it that way.
  6. by   OrganizedChaos
    When you become a nurse, you will understand.
  7. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from EAGirl
    After browsing Reddit today, I came across something that troubled me deeply. This is not the first time I have seen something of this nature displayed. Once I seen an EMT with a VERY similar quote on a t-shirt. Being in nursing school has allowed me to open up and become compassionate about many things.
    Why would someone take humour in this situation?

    Why would someone think it's funny? Because sometimes, you either laugh or you cry. Dark humor is a coping mechanism in healthcare. Laughing at the same inappropriate (in the non-healthcare world) things helps to bond you with your colleagues and promotes team building.

    Dark humor, black humor or health care humor doesn't make you less compassionate -- it helps even the most compassionate among us to tolerate situations that would otherwise burn us out. When you're a nurse, hopefully you'll get it.
  8. by   macawake
    Quote from JKL33
    Ha, ha...not so much. If that's the message meant to be conveyed, it could've just said something along the lines of "Honor Students Get Narcan, Too", or some such thing that had a more PSA feel to it and didn't involve what "I" did to "your" honor student. No, this is a direct "tit-for-tat", or "Oh yeah? Well ______!" response. Fairly childish...so I guess it's cool if that's how one wants to represent one's profession.
    I'm inclined to agree. I doubt that " I Narcanned Your Honor Student" is a part of a drug abuse awareness campaign. Do most people who don't work in healthcare even understand what "Narcanned" means?

    It sounds ridiculous by the way. I'm not a native English speaker, but to me "Narcanned" sounds dumb. Is it a verb? I get that "I administered an opioid antagonist to your honor student", doesn't sound as catchy... but I wouldn't be caught dead wearing that T-shirt. It basically screams, look at me I'm such a cool, blasé and jaded, hero EMT/paramedic/nurse/similar.

    I never wear anything that identifies my profession during off-duty hours. I didn't do it when I worked in law enforcement, I don't do it now as a nurse. I get to hear enough about people's problems and constantly get asked for advice when I'm on the clock, why would I want that in my private time?

    OP, I think that getting deeply troubled by a T-shirt is a disproportionate response. It's a stronger reaction than an article of clothing warrants. It's just a T-shirt. It's not worth getting upset about it.



    As far as dark humor goes, yes it can definitely be used as a method to help cope with stress. I guess I'm just not seeing it in the message on this T-shirt.
    Last edit by macawake on Jun 30
  9. by   CKPM2RN
    Quote from Luckyyou
    I think it's funny. But I'm actually a nurse, and you're.... not?
    I think it's funny too. One year a nurse, 20 years a paramedic. I have "narcanned" many an honor student.
  10. by   popopopo
    Quote from blondy2061h
    It's a counterpoint to all those bumper stickers that say, "My son is an honor student at Main Street School."
    OH, I get it - antagonize makes sense. I was thinking narcan "reviving" some kid's grade.
  11. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from EAGirl
    After browsing Reddit today, I came across something that troubled me deeply. This is not the first time I have seen something of this nature displayed. Once I seen an EMT with a VERY similar quote on a t-shirt. Being in nursing school has allowed me to open up and become compassionate about many things.
    Why would someone take humour in this situation?
    Working in psych for several years, I've developed a warped and occasionally dark sense of humor. OK, correction: my sense of humor was rather warped to begin with...so it's become even more so.

    OP: You are certainly allowed to have the feelings about it that you do. It could be construed as gallows humor, and that isn't necessarily everyone's cup of tea. Though personally, I see this as more of a statement against all those annoying decals/stickers/signs that a lot of cars have (don't even get me started on channeling George Carlin's "Baby on Board" bit!).

    If/when you become a nurse and work a few years in the trenches, you may understand a. why some of us find such humor funny, and b. in the tough, high stress, and often thankless work of nursing, developing both a tough skin and a slightly warped/dark sense of humor is necessary to survive, let alone thrive. It's either that, or get emotionally burned out by year 2.
  12. by   JKL33
    I noticed that in the OP screenshot too, the Caduceus instead of the Staff of Asclepius, LOL. Fits with my "rockstar" theory.
  13. by   Mandychelle79
    Coming from someone who addiction has been forefront the majority of my adult life (friends, family) I find this shirt to be the kick in the gut some parents need. One of my uncles would make comments basically saying how his kids would never get into that. Two of my cousins had known addictions. One of them is clean, raising a family, and is doing well. The other one died from sepsis while starting her recovery journey, leaving behind a daughter. She was the child of my uncle who swore up and down his kids would never.

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