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

by wooh, MSN, RN | 23,738 Views | 70 Comments

You know you've been a nurse too long when you can't enjoy a movie because of the half minute of CPR compressions only being given at about 50 per minute, with bent arms and there's a flat line on the monitor DURING the... Read More


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    When heading to bed at 9am, you say, "Don't wake me up unless...." and one of the kids finishes, "...the house is on fire- visible flames, someone fills the four-cup measuring cup with blood, Dad's stopped talking long enough to turn blue, or Helio Castroneves comes to the door! Good night, Mom."
    Momtomykiddos, alexis_xoxo, RNsRWe, and 10 others like this.
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    You sit straight up and shriek "NOT BOTH SIDES AT THE SAME TIME!" during the scene in Independence Day when they are checking to see if the scientist (Data!) is still alive by feeling his carotids.

    My husband about fell over laughing, fortunately we were at home, not in a theater.
    Momtomykiddos, twinmommy+2, prmenrs, and 8 others like this.
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    When you wake up standing at the side of your bed because you heard a call light bell in your sleep.

    When you cuddle with your husband, you press on the veins in his arms and consider where to put an IV, until he says "Cut that out!"
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    When you tell your Type1 diabetic 20 year old nephew to clean that scrape on his foot and apply polysporin until healed!
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    When I watch a movie or tv show in which birth is given and my immediate statement is "Congratulations on the birth of your squeaky clean 4 month old! By the way, that birth was rather precipitous- perhaps a drug screen for mom is in order and the baby should be bagged?"

    Or just being with friends and family and when someone mentions an ailment, my ears perk up and I go into triage/assessment mode and present them with a care plan they didn't ask for.
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    When you pray the two cars in front of you don't get into an accident because you're too tired to stop and play Good Samaritan.
    LibraSunCNM, chevyv, Savvy20RN, and 6 others like this.
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    This thread is so full of win I can't press "like" enough!
    DeLanaHarvickWannabe and mcmgal like this.
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    Did anyone yell at House about compassion and treating people with respect. My husband would laugh and say "you know you're talking to the TV, right?"
    beckyboo1 likes this.
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    Quote from wooh
    You know you've been a nurse too long when you can't enjoy a movie because of the half minute of CPR compressions only being given at about 50 per minute, with bent arms and there's a flat line on the monitor DURING the compressions. Oh, and it's the obstetrician doing the compressions.

    Or you see the "doctor" do a precordial thump so hard the patient needs to have his sternum repaired.
    twinkletoes53 likes this.
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    You've been a nurse too long when you catch yourself saying to a new grad, " I remember back when we wore all white and ironed our caps."
    prmenrs and twinkletoes53 like this.


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