Introduced as "The Nurse" - page 2

Do you ever go places with your family, and they introduce you as "the nurse" or "the RN"? I have just graduated last week and my husbands family took me several places (restaurants, church, family... Read More

  1. by   crackerjack
    I have a different take on 'the nurse' situation. My 14yo who is going through that obnoxious stage where he can't 'confess' to likeing anything I do or say or anything else remotely associated with me...God forbid...made the mistake of confessing "my mom, the nurse...I never get tired of saying that." With him being the baby, mildly autistic and trying so hard to 'look/act like one of the regular kids' and doing it to an extreme overkill, the other son being 16next week it's really an ego boost to hear something like that accidentally slip out.
  2. by   cheshirecat
    OK, this is a funny one. When I got engaged to my husband, my mother in law put an annoucement in her local paper. It read

    The engagement is annouced between Flt. Lt. ****and Sister ****.
    In the UK then, charge nurses where called Sister. Boy, was I embarrassed, and it also looked as if my boyfriend was marrying a nun!!!
  3. by   nursesaideBen
    Lordy, I graduate this thurs. from LPN school and whenever I go ANYWHERE with my grandparents they make sure that everyone knows that I'm a nursing student lol I just hate it when I go with them to the Dr. the nurse walks in and that's the first thing out of their mouths lol lordy I hate that.
  4. by   ShayRN
    Quote from cheshirecat
    The engagement is annouced between Flt. Lt. ****and Sister ****.
    In the UK then, charge nurses where called Sister. Boy, was I embarrassed, and it also looked as if my boyfriend was marrying a nun!!!




  5. by   jelorde37
    yeah, happens to me all the time. all my family and friends know me as "the nurse". it feels weird at first, but you get used to it. im sure that your loved ones are just really proud of you.

    jon lvn
  6. by   chuchie
    I get introduced all the time by my parents as "The Nursing Student" and it doesn't bother me that bad since I have gotten used to it. The only thing that bothers me is when there is a nasty mess (like my brother's drunk friends puking in our bathroom) and they want me to clean it up "Since I'm going to be a nurse anyways!"
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    My family did this when I first graduated . . . it was just that they were proud of me. I didn't really mind.

    No one does it now. It has been nine years. I kinda miss it.

    I'm grateful I'm loved.

    steph
  8. by   tryin4newlife
    so funny - I am just finishing school, and I have the same situations. In addition I get calls from family members all the time giving me a bunch of symptoms and trying to get a diagnosis. I always tell them that "medical diagnosis" is not (or rather will not) be within my scope of practice.
  9. by   TazziRN
    My brother was in ICU after being ejected in an accident. After a couple of days I went back to work and took all my breaks in the unit. I was taking a monitored pt to his room and my parents were in the alcove that was the ICU waiting room between visits. My mom (tiny little Korean woman, speaks broken English) saw me coming and got all excited, started flapping her hand at the other people sitting there and said rather loudly, "That nurse....she my daughter! My daughter!"
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from TazziRN
    My brother was in ICU after being ejected in an accident. After a couple of days I went back to work and took all my breaks in the unit. I was taking a monitored pt to his room and my parents were in the alcove that was the ICU waiting room between visits. My mom (tiny little Korean woman, speaks broken English) saw me coming and got all excited, started flapping her hand at the other people sitting there and said rather loudly, "That nurse....she my daughter! My daughter!"
    And that is love . . . . and love can be messy. I can just see your mom . . .

    I'll take that over (well, your thread about abandonment).

    steph
  11. by   txspadequeenRN
    for the 32 years i have been on this earth ;i have never been called by my name when it comes to family and friends ..they have always called me "ben's daughter".. my dad is one of those people that knows everyone every where...he is very respected and very well liked...when i graduated nursing school in 1999 , i thought for sure i would get at least some respect or maybe people could start calling me by my name...but now i'm known as "ben's daughter , the nurse"
  12. by   wonderbee
    It is very flattering... at first. Just wait till your family calls you for every little thing and expects you to know EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING medical. Last week my BIL had my sister call me after midnight for a problem he was having. He told her "I want service" when she told him I was probably asleep. You may be a cardiac nurse but they'll assume you are well versed on the fine points of cosmetic surgery. They just don't get it. At least my family doesn't, God love'em. It gets exhausting.

    A large part of our job is education and directing people to the right resources. Be prepared to direct family members to websites like Web MD. Believe me, it gets out of hand. Sorry if I got a little off topic. Sometimes I wish I was just plain old me without the trailer RN.
    Last edit by wonderbee on May 14, '07
  13. by   RNMom2010
    That is funny! I am still pre-nursing and the DON has addressed me as "Nurse Erika" at work (too bad she was trying to get me to assist with an impaction!!) If someone around me has a health question they say "You're the nurse, what is..blah blah blah". I just laugh and say not yet! But I do take it as a compliment!

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