Things I have learned by being a nurse

  1. 20 THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM NURSING by Sally P. Karioth, RN, Ph. D, Associate Professor of Nursing, Florida State University School of Nursing




    When you're 92, you shouldn't have to beg for the salt shaker even if you have congestive heart failure.

    Our profession has no room for bullies or whiners.

    Every day I've held a hand but forgotten to chart vital signs I still may have come out ahead.

    A good doctor is one who'll say, "I have no idea what's going on with this patient. Come help me figure it out."

    Nursing is the hardest and easiest thing I've ever done.

    Whatever I need in a hurry will be in someone else's room.

    Healing the spirit is as important as healing the body.

    If I don't take care of myself, I can't take care of anyone else.

    A body believes every word you tell it.

    Time flies whether or not I'm having fun.

    A lot of patients get well in spite of us, but even more get well because of us.

    If I don't get emotionally involved with my patients, it's time for me to change professions.

    It's usually better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission, especially if I'm taking a Saint Bernard to see a child in the ICU.

    Professionals give advice but healers share wisdom.

    If I don't celebrate the exquisiteness of each day, I've lost something I'll never get back.

    Grief knows no rules.

    The more unloving a patient acts, the more he needs to be loved.

    Some things have to be believed to be seen.

    No one promises us tomorrow.

    If I can't cure, I can still care
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Robinette
    I love this. Thanks!
  4. by   Havin' A Party!
    Nice post.

    Thanks!
  5. by   MikeLPN
    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   emmy
    That was great, made me feel all warm and fuzzy.
  7. by   TennNurse
    The more unloving a patient acts, the more he needs to be loved.


    This so reminds me of a pt I had today in the ER. Kinda makes me wish I'd read this before work. :uhoh21:
  8. by   Blackcat99
    When I was a young CNA many many years ago at a nursing home I use to argue with this old woman who was always trying to get salt. I kept explaining to her how important it was to stick to her low salt diet etc. etc. etc. One day she got very angry and looked me in the eye and said. "I am 72 years old and the only pleasure I get in life is having a little salt for this tasteless food How can you deny me? I don't give a damn what the doctor wants." I gave her the salt and never denied her salt again. :chuckle
  9. by   steel magnolia
    Thank you for posting this. I am rpinting it and putting it up at work.
  10. by   nekhismom
    yep, I got the warm and fuzzy feeling, too. Thanks!
  11. by   Tweety
    So very true. Thanks.
  12. by   wenron
    I do appreciate doctors that don't know it all, but we have some that don't know much at all..and then with an attitude say "what do you want me to do about it" and I've said "I don't know Doctor, what would you like to do about it.

    Thanks...great post.
  13. by   unknown99
    Quote from steel magnolia
    Thank you for posting this. I am rpinting it and putting it up at work.


    That is exactly what I did too!!!!

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