You know you've been a nurse for too long when.......... - page 3

My first thought last night when I got my patient's blood all over my scrubs was, bugger, I am going to have to do my laundry tonight now, instead of tomorrow. No consideration of how awful it looked, or that I should really... Read More

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    *I was in long term care for over eight years as a staff nurse. The worst thing I have ever had to do, bar none was help with the amputation of a former co worker who had had a stroke and was now a vent dependent resident in our nursing home. She wound up with Both heals with pressure sores and no matter what we did to stop them getting worse she got gang green of the toes and it went all the way up to the ankles. I knew she was suffering and my only thought was that if I didn't help she wouldn't get the care she really deserved as a human being and former co-worker. As the surgeon came on the unit, the only people who volunteered to help were Myself and another LPN. He and I Both assisted as the surgeon disconnected the last piece of tissue the was holding her foot to her leg.. that was, by far the worst thing I have ever experienced as a nurse, and yet it didn't bother me because i was trying to maintain the dignity of someone I knew during better times...
    GrnTea, Fiona59, PrayeRNurse, and 1 other like this.

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    i haven't been a nurse in a long time but my first job in the Philippines as an OR nurse we would have a c section with all the blood and i would be circulating, during breaks we would run to the breakroom to eat spaghetti, didn't bother me... i would be in the OR sometimes worrying if there were any spaghetti left for me!
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    When I was still a CNA I was cleaning up BM and talking about my PB sandwich.

    And because I'm a spelling nerd I can't not mention this:

    Quote from rtg502
    gang green
    It's gangrene.
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    "gang green" - how cute!

    Ever since nursing school, I cannot write/type the word "bowl" for the life of me - I always type "bowel" and have to delete
    annlewis, anotherone, Fiona59, and 5 others like this.
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    When your kids know more medical terms then the average person and they are under the age of 5

    My daughter told her kindergarten teacher that she was having a baby brother soon, and she said " They can tell its a boy because it doesnt have a uterus"
    rita359, Zookeeper3, GrnTea, and 7 others like this.
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    Your 7 year old matter of factly tells people, "if its bleeding put pressure on it, otherwise get an ice pack"
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    When I remember the days when standard bedtime care in LTC meant restraining 75% of the residents. Those that had "bedsores" had heatlamp treatments. Anyone else remember putting someone on their side and running 2 ft of tape from a butt cheek to a siderails to keep the bottom spread open to allow the heat to actually get to the area. It all sounds so brutal now but it was perfectly normal back then.

    My 2 teenagers always tell their friends that they had to be 1/2 dead before they ever went to the Dr. "No matter how sick we got it never seemed to impress Mom". (PS: At least they grew up to be tough kids and not ninnies over every little thing )
    rita359, GrnTea, LibraSunCNM, and 6 others like this.
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    i've been a nurse for 30 OR nurse for 24....'one of the girls' for 30 years....nothing phases us much, unless it's one of your own...about 5 years ago, a bunch of us were eating lunch in the cafeteria (it was a slow day, otherwise no cafeteria..not lol), having our usual 'conversation', when we noticed ALL the patrons at the tables around us had moved to other tables...didn't realize that we 'grossed out' everyone around us, talking shop....oh well
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    Quote from Young Citizen

    Well, I cannot say that I am a nurse, just yet.. In fact, I am still a high school student, fresh out of Health Sciences class.

    I hoped to share a moment of spending a week with two nurses. (I am a HOSA member who had made her way to the National Competition which was held in Orlando.) I was with my very encouraging and excellent Health Sciences teacher (RN-BSN) and the mother of a fellow student (LPN). With it being Orlando, we were on the bus heading to the convention center (front seats). I looked over to the two nurses and said:

    -"I like how nurses get to see all the blood-and everything." (at the spur of the moment, it wasn't very well said, haha.)
    -The LPN held up her fist, and turned it in a swivel motion: "Well, wait until you get a patient with a decubitus ulcer that you can fit your fist into."
    -With furrowed eyebrows, the bus driver looked at us through the rear-view mirror: "Um-I'm going to change the subject now."

    And here is a section that could maybe become- You know you're a nurse candidate when...

    -When I watch 'Monsters Inside Me' I crave spaghetti.

    -One time, on my laptop, I came upon a video of a surgical procedure where a cyst was being removed from around a woman's uterus.. My cousin sits down next to me, just happens to glance over, and then says: " that?" ... "The bursting and removal of an inflated cyst." .. "How are you watching that while eating...?.. I can't even look."

    -I was showing my friends my Health Sciences book.. We came across a chemical burn that had left the man's leg almost unreognizable: skin nonexistant; fat, muscle, and bone in a almost liquid mingle.

    "Oh my god." .. "What happened?"
    Me: "Chemical burn.. It's kind of pretty.. like art."

    Hope you enjoyed. ^w^

    You should consider going in to wound care!
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    I had just finished pumping gas and saw a CNA I had worked with a week ago, on the next pump. She said, "oh, I gotta show you something!" She flipped up her t shirt in front of God and every body and asked, "is that a heat rash? How do I treat it?". I proceeded to explain tx to her for a heat rash. Later I considered the exam room choice.

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