Why nurses don't want to be identified in public? - page 3

by Mully | 26,901 Views | 86 Comments

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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    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!
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    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.
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    Bring back Waffles and Lung Cancer!! Wah!
    Aurora77, Mully, and ~*Stargazer*~ like this.
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    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".
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    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.
    Mully likes this.
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    The old title is what hooked me in. The new title is far less interesting. JMO.
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    Great story!
    For those who won't eat at a diner in scrubs, do you not eat lunch at work?
    What the original title?
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    Realy GREAT writing!!! I enjoyed reading your story very much. Keep up the good work.
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    What was the original title?

    I always treat myself to breakfast or go grocery shopping after work. My name tag comes off but I figure my scrubs are fine. After all visitors leave the hospital and aren't hosed down or anything!!

    The worst is when my mother tells people I'm a nurse. I've learned to use the phrase "you should ask your PCP."
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    Whenever I see someone in scrubs out and about my thought is never to ask them medical questions, it is to THANK them. I’ll wheel by them and say “don’t know if you are nurse or not but if you are thanks for what you do”, that way it leaves it up to them if they want to answer or not. I have got some big hugs from that. One nurse told me “I just got off a rough shift and you made my day” Which made me happy. I like to make people around me happy and sending out good vibes.


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