You know you've been a nurse for too long when.......... - page 5

by NO50FRANNY

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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    When your fourth grade child takes in an Anatomy book because "we're doing the human body in science class". Then you get a call from the teacher thanking you but explaining the cadaver pictures were "a bit much".

    Telling your kids "if it's not bleeding, don't bother me"

    Arguing with the dog's doctor over her condition because you've seen it in your patients and know the outcome isn't good. And unfortunately being proved right six weeks later (happened to a co-worker)
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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.
    I understand what you're getting at and it's part of the reason I started the thread. I too often wonder about my emotional reactions to certain situations. Warm hugs for the loss of your number one fan, I daren't presume to know how awful it is. I am fortunate to still have both my number one fans. My neighbour passed away this past year, he was 93. I couldn't go to his funeral, or go and see him when he was sick, I just didn't want to, so, I shed a tear and said goodbye in my own way. I think that maybe if I wasn't a nurse I might have been able to, I just didn't want to see him dying. One of my best friends died suddenly and I spent years blaming myself before actually grieving for him. I think a lot of our emotional responses have to do with self protection. We share our compassion and love day in, day out and I agree, we get tough but I think that's because we have to
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    Quote from amoLucia
    I did my income tax refund check that way once.
    Signed the closing on our house, "MegEDRN, RN." Dated it, "mm/dd/yy 0930."
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    Quote from brick195969
    @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.
    i don't let my emotions out as easily ( never did it easily) as before either. i talked to some nurses i know about this before and most agreed. is it kind of like being jaded, nothing fades you any more. ?
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    "I was saying to the person sitting next to me, "is that limp bizkit?", the music in the video was familiar."


    You've been a nurse too long (aka Old-er Nurse) when:

    1. This is the first time you've heard of "Limp Bizkit."

    2. You have more aches and pain than your patients.

    3. You are older than the hospital administrator.

    4. Your patient complained of constipation and you tell your patient, "I know how you feel."

    5. During your annual avaluation your nurse manager asked you about your professional plan for the next 5 years and you answered, "What plan?"

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    Quote from PrayeRNurse
    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?"
    I call the vet with SBAR format. They have to appreciate it though, right? I think everyone should use SBAR when they are trying to address a problem...
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    Sent this in the wrong place
    Last edit by Nurse Maru on Jul 13, '12 : Reason: sent in wrong place
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    ~Watch a C-section (live) and talk about having just had tomato soup for lunch, without feeling the least bit queasy.
    ~Strain slimy green stool for gall stones and chew skittles
    ~Ask the Dr. "what do you want me to do with all the maggots?" (referring to a wound care patient whose lower legs are infested).....by the way his response was "leave um in there they might do some good"
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    I understand this also. When my Grandmother died (I wasn't a nurse yet but had worked in hospitals for years) I was relieved. I cried a tear or two but was glad her suffering was over. She had lung CA and had smoked 2 cartons a week forever (yes, cartons, not packs). I figure she is in the Am-Vets in the sky with her family with a Budwiser in one hand and a Doral cig in the other. It wouldn't be heaven for her without her suds and cigs. She died at home in her own bed with my mom and aunt at her side, hooray for hospice. I often wonder, when we keep people alive at all costs, what is wrong with dying with dignity and in comfort. We have lost sight of quality of life vs. quantity of life.

    Coming down off the soapbox, I can clean up anything, insert anything, do anything (including maggots) and still eat my lunch.
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    I understand too. I lost my Mom after a 3 month battle with metastatic liver CA. She went from being an independent 82 year old lady who no one believed was even 80 to a woman who looked every day her stated age and more in a matter of a month. We went through so much in a short couple of months and I didn't cry when it was over either. There are worse things than death and her last couple of months were a perfect example of that. I loved her and miss her terribly and certainly grieved but I did not shed tears.
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