Sorry to hear about your troubles.
I think what the problem was--was that your patient is a nurse. And some nurses just love to let other people know that they are nurses.
I would much rather keep quiet when I'm a pt. and not let on that I'm a nurse. That way I can tell if I have a GOOD nurse or a GOOD P.A.C. or A GOOD M.A.
I don't know why it is; I can just assume that it is some self-righteous character twitch--that wants to flaunt their status in front of others.
I once had a pt. who was a retired nurse. When I introduced myself as her nurse she said "so, are you a little vein nurse or a real nurse."
I asked her to clarify what she meant by that: she more or less told my that an lvn is a glorified cna and not a real nurse.
Well, I guess she graduated from "old school" nursing. Where LVNs were limited in the scope of their responsibilities.
I brought her up to speed that just about the only thing that we can't do in our area is hang blood. We can push IV meds; be charge nurses; start IVs; hang tpn; insert ngt-corpaks; draw blood...you name it. Just can't hang blood.
You are always gonna come across these types. The best way to handle it is w/ a grain of salt. There is always someone somwhere who wants you to know that they perceive that they are higher up in the food chain than you are.
Forget about it...