All You Lefty's Out there.... - page 4

:coollook: Just out of curiosity, how many of you nurses out there are left handed?... Read More

  1. by   BeachNurse
    Quote from TNnurse05
    I have to put the phone to my left ear, too!! It seems like I can't hear as good with the phone on the right!
    Same with me! Have to carry my purse on the left too or else it slides down my shoulder...
  2. by   dphrn
    Me too! If I put the phone to my right ear, I feel like I can't hear as well either. I am glad I am not the only one!!
  3. by   rach_nc_03
    I'm highly left-dominant...write, cut, eat, etc., with my left hand. if someone drops something and I reach out to grab it, it's always my left hand. I start out walking on my left foot. When my fiancee and I cook in my tiny apartment kitchen (he's a lefty, too), we love how we can work side-by-side and not get in one another's way.

    In school (which I finished today!! YAY!!!), I had a horrible time learning to tie restraints- the instructor is right-handed. I ended up learning at work from a left-handed nurse, and had it down after watching him once!

    Setting up to do foleys (once I figured out how- also after watching a lefty nurse) actually works well, if someone else is doing something else (I'm thinking a new admit in the ICU) like inserting an IV or an NG...one person's on the right, one's on the left, so you stay out of each other's space.

    My guess is that IV insertion (didn't get a lot of practice in school) would be easier as a lefty, if you go for the non-dominant hand of the patient...which, for most of them, will be the left. What do you think?

    Also, a pet peeve of mine in school was the text description of procedures in some books that *always* described things from the right-hander's point of view. A few used the terms "dominant" and "non-dominant", which is better, but a bit wordy.

    Oh, another one- computer mice!! There are computers at the bedside where I work, and the mice are always positioned for right-handers....usually, I pull the mouse over to the other side if I'll be using it for any extended period of time. But lately, I've run across setups where the mouse cord is extremely short- I suppose it's to keep them from being dropped or damaged. but I HATE having it there...I end up doing the left-hand crossover!
  4. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from LowPaidNurse0000
    Lefty here too, but I golf right handed, play soft-ball right handed oh! and I kick a ball with my left foot! I am so messed up! LMAO!!
    I am like you...except righthanded when righting. When i play baseball i hit lefty, i kick a ball with my left leg, when i swim my left side is stronger then my right, and i catch balls lefty. wierd.
  5. by   Luv2BAnurse
    I open the refrigerator with my left hand, so I can pull out the coke fastest with my right :chuckle
  6. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from rach_nc_03
    Oh, another one- computer mice!! There are computers at the bedside where I work, and the mice are always positioned for right-handers....usually, I pull the mouse over to the other side if I'll be using it for any extended period of time. But lately, I've run across setups where the mouse cord is extremely short- I suppose it's to keep them from being dropped or damaged. but I HATE having it there...I end up doing the left-hand crossover!
    That's actually one thing I've acclamated to, I'm a right-handed clicker!! And it feels quite natural.
  7. by   MsLpn02
    I am a lefty also. I recall a time in LPN school when we were practicing putting on gloves using sterile technique and one of the snooty girls in my class tried to point out to me that i was putting the gloves on wrong because i was starting with my left hand. She looked stupid when i told her that i was left handed and the nursing instructor told her to mind her own business. That was so funny.
  8. by   diannep
    Quote from hcrn2005
    I know that feeling....I have the awfulest time finding landmarks I hate to give IM injections.
    Don't give up- yoiu can learn to do it left handed. While I have learned to do a lot of things with the right-I still give injections left-handed and teach that way too! I even learned to knit left-handed.
    Lefty's unite! After all we are the one's who are right brained.
  9. by   sweetielin
    ambidextrous. write with right hand though. i consider myself lucky to be able to be able to switch hands easily. it makes it much easier to cath someone or give an injection without worrying about what side of the bed i am on.
  10. by   EmilyCCRN
    I'm left-handed, as well, and I do most things with my dominant hand. I struggle with tying tourniquets and restraints because I've only observed right-handed nurses performing these tasks, but I'll get it down before I graduate in June.

    I prefer to mouse with my right hand because I can write with my left as I navigate the computer, but it certainly doesn't feel "weird" if I use my mouse left-handed.

    Writing backwards and/or upside-down is very easy for me. I wonder if it's a lefty-thing or am I just strange?
  11. by   beginagain
    hi - great to hear from other lefties? spelling. As far as nursing goes after 15 years never really had a problem until i became an IV Therapy nurse. It was so funny during the training process - frustrating for those trying to teach me. Had to eventually work only with the one left handed IV nurse who understood me perfectly. Actually was at one point told maybe IV nursing was not for me because of my "left" handed problem. That really made me determined and I became very good at being an IV nurse. The patients really got a kick out of my tactics for starting IVs ie arm positioning but appreciated that even though left handed I was good at my job. Great experience - everyone else saw I had a problem but not me. I just rearranged my environment to my left handed comfort zone. Glad to know there are many others out there. My response to negativism has been that we are considered to be creative people.
  12. by   bellanoo
    I'm a lefty and a nursing student
  13. by   moonchild20002000
    I am a lefty!

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