You know you've been a nurse for too long when.......... - page 4

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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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    Quote from adaptChristine
    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.
    I once had a coworker pull me into the med room. She lifted her shirt up, grabbed my hand, and put it on her boob! She had found a lump and thought she had breast cancer. She was too freaked out to ask me before kinda forcing me to feel it lol. There was a lump, but thankfully it wasn't cancer.

    Maybe that kind of stuff is where all the sexy nurse stuff comes from lol.
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    When I take my children to the doctor and I start off with SBAR and the doctor tells me "so you want this for this patient? Ok, do you have that writen for me to sign?"
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    My mom died in 0ctober 2011, i loved her very much , she was my #1 fan. Of all the women I have known in my life (I am male), she was the sweetest, kindest and most caring and not just to me but to everyone. She did not have a mean bone in her body, anyone who met her loved her. People often thought she was too good to be true. She suffered pancreatic cancer and luckily for her it did not torture her for very long. I still have'nt cried one tear for her. I attribute this to being a nurse and knowing that death is a part of life. I miss her very much and often wish I could cry for her, I guess I just feel I was lucky enough to have for 53 years. I have been an RN for two years with pediatric ICU, Hospice, Psychiatric hospital care and nursing home care experience. I guess it only took two years to make me emotionally as tough as nails. I don't think I have been a nurse to long because I care very much for my patients but I wonder if I would have cried for my mom had I not been a nurse, hows that for a story.
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    you might seek counselling. I have never had any problem keeping my job separte from my personal life
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    My kids: Mom, my stomach hurts" "Really? Have you gone to the bathroom? Because if you have not gone to the bathroom, that is why your stomach probably hurts".....

    "Mom, I have a headache (sore throat, stuffy nose, etc) "Really? Take a shower, you will be FINE."
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    @rtg502, "gang green", you can't be a nurse, really , you have given yourself away. Nice try though , thanks for playing.


    Gangrene is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that arises when a considerable mass of body tissue dies (necrosis
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    @billyboblewis well aren't you the judgemental one, i see you have no problem because your very cold hearted. first of all the question was have you been a nurse to long, not do you mix your personal life with your professional life. obviously i don't if you read my post correctly, i simply stated that i don't let my emotions out as easily as i use to. people handle their grief differently, not crying is not a reason to seek counseling, i grieved for my mom i just thought it was unusual to not cry for her.
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    Quote from brick195969
    well aren't you the judgemental one, I see you have no problem because your very cold hearted. People handle their grief differently, not crying is not a reason to seek counseling, I grieved for my mom I just thought it was unusual to not cry for her.
    I am sure that you spent time with your Mom as she was going through her sickness, and I am sure that being your biggest fan, you were able to spend a lot of quality time with her. Sometimes, that puts people at some point of peace when the end comes (and the cancer your Mom had is such a nasty disease).
    You still think of her fondly, and that is lovely, and keeps her memory alive inside of you. And you continue to do work that she was so proud of, and is in itself, so very difficult. You have been through one of the most heartwrenching things, losing a parent, so you certainly are in such an amazing postion to help the loved ones. And somehow, I think that she is still watching over you, proud of the nurse you have become!! So yes, everyone does grieve differently, but I think our personal lives help us to be able to cope with how we provide care to patients. It may be unusual not to cry tears, however, it makes you no less of a son.
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    Excuse me for not being clear but I was referring to the letter which was at the beginning of this thread.. I have concern for all people but do not see the need to discuss my opinion of their health with them as soon as I see them. People I know dont strip in gas stations and ask for my opinion. I really didnt see anything in the opening letter referring to grief. I have an excuse though I am recovering from brain surgery so I dont have all the sense I use to or memory.
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    Quote from brick195969
    My mom died in 0ctober 2011, i loved her very much , she was my #1 fan. Of all the women I have known in my life (I am male), she was the sweetest, kindest and most caring and not just to me but to everyone. She did not have a mean bone in her body, anyone who met her loved her. People often thought she was too good to be true. She suffered pancreatic cancer and luckily for her it did not torture her for very long. I still have'nt cried one tear for her. I attribute this to being a nurse and knowing that death is a part of life. I miss her very much and often wish I could cry for her, I guess I just feel I was lucky enough to have for 53 years. I have been an RN for two years with pediatric ICU, Hospice, Psychiatric hospital care and nursing home care experience. I guess it only took two years to make me emotionally as tough as nails. I don't think I have been a nurse to long because I care very much for my patients but I wonder if I would have cried for my mom had I not been a nurse, hows that for a story.
    For my grandparents, I found that when I heard the diagnosis I would cry because I knew what was coming. IDK if I made peace with my sadness that way or what because I usually didn't cry much when they actually passed. It was a bit of a blessing to me because none of them suffered as much as I've seen some people suffer.


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