I got found out! - page 2

I'm pregnant and was dehydrated with a stomach bug so had to go to L&D yesterday for some fluids. I decided to fly under the radar and not out myself as a nurse and just be a patient. My nurse and I... Read More

  1. Visit  shelbs3 profile page
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    while my grandfather was in the hospital recently he had a doctor come in while myself, my mother (who is not a nurse) and my grandmother (who was a nurse) were there. He was explaining a procedure they would be performing on my grandfather and we were all listening. He stops mid sentence and says " are you two (pointing to me and my grandmother) nurses?" Busted without having even said a word! My mom though this was hilarious. Apparently we were looking like we were following what the doc had to say a little too easily. I was so surprised he picked up on it so easily!
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  2. Visit  ybanurse profile page
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    Quote from klone
    Congrats! How did she know?
    LMAO! Sent my son with Dad to ER with history and they asked him She's a nurse isn't she? LOL
  3. Visit  SaoirseRN profile page
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    Quote from shelbs3
    while my grandfather was in the hospital recently he had a doctor come in while myself, my mother (who is not a nurse) and my grandmother (who was a nurse) were there. He was explaining a procedure they would be performing on my grandfather and we were all listening. He stops mid sentence and says " are you two (pointing to me and my grandmother) nurses?" Busted without having even said a word! My mom though this was hilarious. Apparently we were looking like we were following what the doc had to say a little too easily. I was so surprised he picked up on it so easily!
    That's super observant of him! I would be reassured by that I think!
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  4. Visit  Pangea Reunited profile page
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    The first time I went to see my new dentist, he asked me if I was a nurse. I asked him why he thought that, and he said, "I can just tell." I wasn't acting "smart" about anything...

    A guy at the Walgreen's pharmacy tonight asked me if I was a nurse, too...not the pharmacist, just some guy in the waiting area. He had not heard me speak a single word, but had noticed my Danskos. Maybe that's how the dentist knew, too?
  5. Visit  T-Bird78 profile page
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    I guess I'm backwards then. I'll mention it, especially when they ask for your occupation on the new pt forms. I know when I'm working and my pt is a nurse, I'm more likely to use the lingo and not have to translate medical speak into English and I'm more aware of my technique, so I assume all nurses are like that. If my nurse knows I'm a nurse, they're less likely to skip a step because I know how it's supposed to be done properly.
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  6. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    Quote from T-Bird78
    I guess I'm backwards then. I'll mention it, especially when they ask for your occupation on the new pt forms. I know when I'm working and my pt is a nurse, I'm more likely to use the lingo and not have to translate medical speak into English and I'm more aware of my technique, so I assume all nurses are like that. If my nurse knows I'm a nurse, they're less likely to skip a step because I know how it's supposed to be done properly.
    I'm not a specialist in everything though, so unless I'm going with a child to the ER or a med surg unit, I'd rather have things over-explained as though I know nothing (because when it comes to maternity and L&D, I really know nothing!). I'd also rather not be in their headspace- I feel like being overly focused on dotting the Is and crossing the Ts makes them too focused on tasks and less on my overall as a patient.

    Plus, whenever anyone has announced to me that they're a nurse rather than it slipping out or coming up organically, they've gone on to be a challenging patient.....
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  7. Visit  Tait profile page
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    When I went to high risk perinatal I found nurses a little too open about how their charting system didn't work, the COWs were always offline, and how they often couldn't scan meds. All this while they tried to hang a bag of D10 on me instead of LR. I always felt a little more careful or perhaps just nervous when I took care of a nurse, while this crew seemed to think it was a license to tell me all the scary stories about their practice!

    Oh and BTW congratulations!!
    Last edit by Tait on Apr 25, '13
  8. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    Quote from Tait
    Oh and BTW congratulations!!
    Thanks! Just hit full term and I am ready to go- just need to get the baby on board
  9. Visit  Tait profile page
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    Quote from hiddencatRN
    Thanks! Just hit full term and I am ready to go- just need to get the baby on board
    I am almost 39 weeks myself and pretty much ready to go lol.
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  10. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    Quote from Tait
    I am almost 39 weeks myself and pretty much ready to go lol.
    I was ready to go at 37 weeks myself. At that point, I was over being pregnant and as soon as he could safely come out I wanted him out. He disagreed and took his time
  11. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    Quote from Bubbles
    Do you think your care is better if they know you are a nurse?
    I don't know if I'd say it was better--I'd hope that no matter who or what I was that I'd get the best care they could give me! But I think they definitely communicated with me better and more often--there wasn't a need to "dumb" things down when explaining them to me.

    Plus, I think they appreciated that I understood what they go through re shift changes, breaks, staffing, MDs, etc.
  12. Visit  Tait profile page
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    I was ready to go at 37 weeks myself. At that point, I was over being pregnant and as soon as he could safely come out I wanted him out. He disagreed and took his time
    Not to derail this all over the place, but my first was induced at 41 and 2 so I am not expecting anything different this time!
  13. Visit  SwansonRN profile page
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    I always end up confessing, mostly because I'm young looking I always get asked what high school/college I go to. When I say been there done that, they ask about my major and/or job. It has only negatively impacted me once of the few times it has happened, but that doctor was a jerk! I was getting my pupils dilated and I always have a hard time with eye drops, so I was struggling with opening my eyes and he scolds "listen I know you're a nurse, but I know what I'm doing and you need to let me do my job!" What??? I wasn't even going there, why are you going there!?

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