Any other new nurses slapping their heads saying DUH!? - page 2

At least 20 times a day, I find myself saying "Dur" to myself. My boss says I'm doing great, but I feel like a big giant idiot. Normal?... Read More

  1. by   mom4josh
    Don't feel so bad... I had a "duh" moment myself tonight. Felt like a total idiot when talking to the doctor. Oh well, live and learn!

    :selfbonk:
  2. by   YellowFinchFan
    Quote from loricatus
    So very true!

    I think that those DUH moments occur with increasing frequency in direct proportion to years of experience, compounded with increasing age
    HOW TRUE!!!!

    Duh Frequency = yrs experience : increasing age

    :spin::spin:
  3. by   nursemary9
    After ALL these years---still say "DUH"!! many times a nite!!!

    That's 40+ yrs. but you know, I never want to get too comfortable with this job---it keeps me on my toes.

    Good Luck!! As the years pass, you'll feel more comfortable.
  4. by   Piki
    Heck yeah! Every single day.
  5. by   all4schwa
    i love it though, it's all a learning experience...mistakes and tough as they are, are learning experiences as well...
    what i really love are the 'light-bulb' moments. the moment when one those that concepts that you've been on the verge of grasping for who knows how long finally >> clicks << Priceless!
  6. by   swlynette
    NURSES,

    you need to be very careful- those of you who are "sensitive" - be aware that there are times when we make mistakes and times when we almost make mistakes,- there are also times we questions ourselves, because we are just stressed out. just so you know there are people out there watching us and waiting to take advantage of us. Possibly imply you did something wrong on purpose, or imply you did something wrong when you really didn't.



    I have experienced this myself.


    there are people out there who can make something out of nothing. You need to be very careful. I would imagine they are paid by lawyers. I can't think of anyone else who would try to do those kind of things.


    IT IS WORSE THAN YOU THINK.



    THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THE PUBLIC HAS TO TRUST US. WE GO THROUGH A LOT OF TRAINING AND HEARTACHE JUST TO GRADUATE.

    OBVIOUSLY, WE GO INTO THIS FIELD TO HELP PEOPLE.

    IF SOMEONE IMPLIED THAT ONE OF MY NURSE FRIENDS DID SOMETHING WRONG "ON PURPOSE" I WOULD STAND UP FOR HER IN A MINUTE--

    WE ALL HAVE GOOD CHARACTER-

    I WILL BE WRITING AGAIN- LETTING YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON-
    I UNDERSTAND SOME STUFF IS CONFUSING-

    JUST BE CAREFUL- OUT THERE--
  7. by   PRESLA
    ] Really in trouble when the DUH's stop or you don't notice them anymore. That is when you become a scary nurse because you think that you know everything. Everyday in nursing I learn something new or how to do something different and better. The nurses that know everything are the ones that are unwilling to grow anymore because they are not wanting to grow its just a job now.

    Lisa
  8. by   fmrnicumom
    Thank you for this thread. I think it's important to know that having these moments is normal. I have to agree that it's more concerning when you *stop* having those moments!

    Tiffany
  9. by   LilDKessler
    I've been out 2 years this week & have "DUH" moments daily. I think NS killed some of my brain cells. LOL
  10. by   ElvishDNP
    We all do it. I can't think of a single nurse out there that doesn't have them regularly, some of whom have been nurses 20, 30, and 40 years. The day you quit learning (or quit realizing that you make mistakes) is the day you really need to hang up your stethoscope & call it quits.
  11. by   Cherybaby
    I went from working dermatalogy for eight years to working long term care. You want to feel like an idiot? Go from working private practice to a skilled nursing facility. You get used to the word, DUH. Matter of fact...I think I may change my name to Nurse Duh.
  12. by   bopps
    yes! graduated in april and am still saying duh!! my coworkers tell me "don't beat yourself up so much!" but i still find myself feeling much like duh new blond nurse!
  13. by   TexasPediRN
    Daily

    I just started a new job (I'm on week 3 of orientation). I'm having tons of "duh" moments now! My preceptor says I'm doing great and I dont need her, yet I miss the littlest things (duh!). I think I want my 8-10 weeks of orientation, and then some!!

    Dont worry about your duh moments - we all have them, whether new nurse, out of school a few years, or been a nurse for 20+ years.

    I'm off to finish week 3 of orientation tomorrow - I'm sure I'll have at least 5-10 "duh" moments!

    -Meghan

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