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

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... Read More

  1. by   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...
  2. by   Anna Flaxis
    I liked the original title better.
  3. by   Kidrn911
    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.
  4. by   weirdscience
    I used to worry about the germ factor of wearing my scrubs in public after a shift. Then I started working nocs.
  5. by   Mully
    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.
  6. by   Mully
    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.
  7. by   Mully
    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 .
  8. by   Nursingluv101
    ER nurse...and I don't want to be identified because sometimes, your just tired and drained don't want to deal. I do run in places in my scrubs to get quick stuff but never to stay to long!
  9. by   WoundedBird
    I can remember a professor during my undergrad athletic training education warning us about telling people what we do because inevitably we would be bombarded with questions like, "it hurts when I swing a tennis racquet. Do you think you can take a look at my elbow?" on our rare days off. And it happened more than I thought to the point when someone asked me what I did I responded with a vague, "I work in athletics." That seemed to do the job...too bad there isn't an appropriate vague term for nursing that can help us dodge questions from people.
  10. by   Glycerine82
    Bring back Waffles and Lung Cancer!! Wah!
  11. by   MotherRN
    I don't mean to be a kill-joy here, but, I feel for that guy! As someone who moved often over the years, I know what it feels like to be lonely. Sometimes I would strike up conversation with strangers in line or where-ever. It was like throwing out a life line for human contact. That is probably what this man was doing. Just looking for a kind word, needed someone to acknowledge he wasn't invisible in his pain over his mother's cancer.

    Whether or not we are nurses, we are human beings first. Having a job in the medical field doesn't excuse us from reaching out in kindness to someone in need.

    Matthew 25: 31-46 "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me' 41".
  12. by   proud nurse
    I thought with the old title, there was some link between the two before I read it.

    I really like your style of writing. Truthful, sensitive, descriptive, yet a little sarcastic. Your article was spot on.
  13. by   Anna Flaxis
    The old title is what hooked me in. The new title is far less interesting. JMO.