Why nurses don't want to be identified in public? - page 2

by Mully

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It's funny. I remember hearing nurses tell stories about being in the public and not wanting anyone to know that they are a nurse. I always thought that was strange, because I've always been so proud of being an RN. Throughout... Read More


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    I started working at a hospital earlier this year as a phlebotomist and my husband LOVVVEEES when I wear scrubs (I don't understand why "sexy" nurses wear little-to-nothing outfits when my scrubs make my husband drool ). Whenever we go out to eat before/after my shift, he wants me to wear scrubs in public so he can show off that his wife works at a hospital. I do not like wearing my scrubs or badge in public because I'm not a nurse (yet) and I do not want to portray that I am. God forbid there be a medical emergency in a restaurant and someone points out that I'm a "nurse" because I'm wearing scrubs and demand I help in the situation. Also, I don't want to spill anything on my scrubs before I head into work. Just my two cents!
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    So true! You learn there is a time and a place. Perspective and perception changes with experience.
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    I wear my scrubs to the supermarket all the time. Best time to do the grocery shopping, on my way home from work. Some people are a little neurotic about the germ thing. If my scrubs are too dirty to wear to Meijer, then they're certainly too dirty to wear while providing direct care to elderly people. I'm not touching people and wiping their intimate areas at the supermarket. I doubt I'm gonna infect anybody.

    I wash my hands a bazillion times a shift. I'm pretty sure my hands are cleaner than the majority of people squeezing the fruit. My scrubs are washed between every shift. Unless my scrubs are soiled, I think I can briefly enter the general public after a shift without contaminating the town.

    As for being identified in public, well, I can't say I particularly care one way or the other. I've never had someone run up to me in my scrubs and start asking medical questions. Maybe people are just more reserved where I'm from, but that's just not something one does around here.

    Besides, with all the techs and MAs and secretaries wearing scrubs to work, I never really assume someone's a nurse just 'cause I see them in scrubs.
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    Great story. I enjoyed your writing even more so. Very descriptive and eloquently written. Forces me to ponder over where you were before nursing...
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    I liked the original title better.
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    Maybe it's the ER Nurse, or maybe the Peds Nurse in me, as soon as I get off work I must shower. I don't want cooties on my food or anything else. I really am not super neurotic about germs, but when you have RSV coughed on you, or rota spewed at you for 12 hours, it does give an ick factor. It definitely isn't cool by any means.

    BTW super cool story. I do hate perfect strangers coming to me to discuss all the ailments.
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    I used to worry about the germ factor of wearing my scrubs in public after a shift. Then I started working nocs.
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    Quote from AngelRN27
    Great story. I enjoyed your writing even more so. Very descriptive and eloquently written. Forces me to ponder over where you were before nursing...

    Before nursing... a rock and roll band. Before that, high school . I do like using my words though! Thanks for noticing.
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    Quote from ~*Stargazer*~
    I liked the original title better.
    The moderators just change things! Like... all the time. I can't remember the last article I wrote that stayed published as written. You'd think since I usually generate about 5,000-10,000 views with them, that they'd leave them alone.

    Then again, I think this one has gotten more hits with the newer, more boring title. Sometimes, boring gets clicked. Oh well.
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    However if they're going to change it, they should change it to something proper. "Why nurses don't want to be identified in public?" is not a question, it's a statement. It should end with a period. "Why do nurses not want to be identified in public?" would also be correct.

    But what do I know? I'm just the OP.

    Okay! Snarkiness over! Back to chipper .
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