I got found out!
- 0I'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 were going through the intake H&P and details about how my pregnancy has been going and at one point she looks at me out of the corner of her eye and says "you're a nurse, aren't you?"
We had a good laugh and she says she does the same thing whenever she has to go to the hospital.
- 1Apr 24, '13 by RNsRWeQuote from hiddencatRNLikely. I was with my son at a medical appointment, meeting with a new MD for an allergy situation. At one point the doc said "you're a nurse, yes?" Ummm....yes....."NO ONE gives me that kind of detail and order when I'm doing an H&P!"No idea, I thought I was flying under the radar. Apparently my history was a little to precise and well worded?
- 3Apr 24, '13 by Meriwhen, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorWhen I'm a patient, I try to keep the fact that I'm a nurse on the QT...I'm never good at keeping it under wraps for very long. I understand--and speak--the lingo too well, so they get suspicious
- 1Apr 24, '13 by amoLuciaWas anyone there with you? My DAD would always blurt out that my sister or I were RNs if we were with him for an appt.
I know he was super proud of us but he just didn't get it that we wanted to be 'under the radar' too.
Always busted with him present.
- 1DH was with me but he was chill too- until he tried adjusting the IV drip rate and I had to yell at him because that was HER IV, not his, and we don't get to pick the drip rate.
When my dad had surgery I stayed with him to keep him company in the hospital (and, as I now realize, to get completely in the way and be underfoot rather than helpful lol). He kept announcing that I was in nursing school and I'd quickly point out I was just in prerequisites so knew nothing.
- 1Apr 24, '13 by sharpeimom GuideI don't announce upfront that I'm an RN, but I've been outed. This is a pretty rural area and there really are no secrets.
I was appalled though when I went to a new neurologist and the NP was held up and sent the aide in to take vitals. I had to show her how to use the wall mount cuff before she could take my BP. She asked how I knew. I told the NP later.
- 1Apr 24, '13 by ChristineNNormally I don't say anything. I remember being really sick one time and going to the ER and the ER physician figured out I was an RN because he saw my employer was another area hospital so he told the nurse I was also a nurse.
I also did not initially tell my PCP that I was an RN. However one time she insisted on doing lab work and wanted to have a talk with me about how concerned she was about my sed rate. When my response was just "well that's not that high and a sed rate is only a generic inflammatory marker so that doesn't really prove anything" she knew I was a nurse. lol