Do you ever wish people didn't know you were a nurse? - page 5

I'm just wanting to gripe a bit. I'm a very private person and don't make it a practice to broadcast info. about myself all over the place. I'm speaking specifically right now of going to the... Read More

  1. by   hyattrnbsn
    I'm on both sides of the fence too. Sometimes it's a good thing for them to know - like my dentist and my md are very into trusting or wanting my opinion when I go in for something or if I want a test done, they do it. But everytime I have had to be hospitalized and an IV started - which has been many times by the way - once the nurse knows I'm a nurse, they miss the stick. And I don't care those things HURT!!!!!!! even a 22 hurts!! It happens every time!!!! also I get those family phone calls where I wouldn't mind giving advice but they always ask something I can't answer like "what does it mean that I have 2 little white spots on the end of my tongue" or what the correct dose is of some new med I haven't even heard of yet. It's never something I know and I have nursed in several areas and consider myself a smart person. It's embarassing really.
  2. by   MIA-RN1
    Just tonight my best friend told me that her newborn niece was found to have an irregular heartbeat on her one-month checkup. I said "Wow." And she said "So....what is causing it?" Darned if I know. And I told her that.
  3. by   RNOTODAY
    I dont announce it, because I dont want people to think I am bragging, or trying to get special treatment, or think I am a know it all. I will say I am if asked, though. On occasion, it slips by, and people give me simple instructions, in lay terms, and I politely listen and thank them. My husband asks me..."Why dont you tell them you are a RN, that you know that allready?" I just cant, I feel so silly saying it, like who cares? I dont know...maybe I am the extreme on this one!!!
    My moms oncologist knows, however, because thats too important, and I want to know all, and I wanted him to know I understand everything he will tell me.
  4. by   RNOTODAY
    Quote from motorcycle mama
    I hear this one regularly: I've got four semesters(or a year, or whatever) to my RN.
    And it is the same story years later.

    I heard this one on the subway the other day:
    woman, to a man in scrubs: What do you do for work?
    man in scrubs: I am a nursing assistant.
    woman: Oh, now what kinds of things do you do?
    man: I do everything a nurse does, besides pass out medication
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    Momment I open mouth, kids, DH or especially my PARENTS will inform any doctor/medical staff in 5 foot range that I'm an RN.... learned to use it to MY advantage.
  6. by   periwinkles
    Yes, I dread telling people I am a nurse. So much so that when I had to go to the ER once, I decided not to tell them that. They didn't ask and I didn't tell. Long story short, when physician came in to explain what he thought was going on (it was cardiac related, and I used to be a cardiac nurse) he explained things in nice detail, I loved it. Then a family member spilled the beans on me and the ER doctor got mad at me!! He said he must have sounded foolish to an RN with his simplified explanation. I told him I liked the explanation, cause otherwise I would have gotten nothing from him.

    They always think you know everything and don't bother to tell you.

    Also, people in general think we are paid alot higher than we really are. They think we are rich. ha And our jobs are piece of cake. Yeah, right!
    They also think RN's don't have to do anything "dirty". Not!!

    I don't mind people asking me advice, but there is a limit to what I know.

    Men think we are "good solid paychecks", applies to male nurses the other way around. Targets. Want "nursemaids".

    On a positive side, I do get respect for my profession, especially from older people. Guess all above goes with the territory, but it has made me aware of how society catagorizes people and treats them accordingly.

    I guess we all do that and do not realize it sometimes. I try not to.
  7. by   JBudd
    It can backfire, when my dad had his final heart attack my mom had trouble getting them to listen to her because the hospital docs were freaked out since my sister is a NICU nurse, I was medsurg at the time, my other sister's a lawyer. They insisted on doing everything they thought possible even if it was likely to be futile. Horrible 6 weeks.

    On the other hand, when my dh had CA, and had to go in from home, my docs usually had me write most of the admit orders since I knew all his meds and routines (central line, gastric suction line, J tube, etc.). They just wrote the treatments for what he was getting admitted for

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