A word to the new, the inexperienced, the overwhelmed and the mystified - page 2

We all have bad days. I remember when I was new, bright eyed, bushy tailed, rampantly sarcastic (look, some things never change, alright?) and I used to look about and wonder why in the world it... Read More

  1. Visit  hhendu5} profile page
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    Oh my,where to start! Suffice it to say I could not stop laughing. Very vivid descriptions! Had you not seemed like such an amazing nurse, who seem very suited to your role - (your patients must be in stitches everyday, no pun intended. What the heck, yeah pun intended) - I would suggest comedy or some literary career. I would love to read your writings everyday. Now, hopefully your days are not typically like this. Glad you are able to laugh about what seems like a harrowing experience. Much luck and success to you.
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  3. Visit  daverika} profile page
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    Wow, all those things happened to you on the same shift! Amazing! Incredible! And your pants split open on the day you happened to be wearing mesh panties! After you uncharacteristically tripped over the kick basin! After the foley exploded! During an ongoing medical battle between the doctors! How weird is that! And your shears broke! And you lost your pen in a patient's bed! And a kid threw up all over you...not the green stuff, but SPAGHETTIOS! Which he must have eaten for BREAKFAST! And then you went to the break room and calmly ate crackers and ginger ale! With your mask on! And the wide eyed ingenue wants to be just like you!

    I guess truth really can be stranger than fiction! Because NOBODY could make up exaggerations like that! No, really, nobody could!

    Thanks for the comedy break, but I agree with a previous poster. I need pictures! And no photoshopping allowed!

  4. Visit  logank622} profile page
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    Three things:

    1. I literally laughed out loud at several passages. I always look forward to your posts!

    2. The majority of me hopes that you never have another day as bad as that one. I admit there's a very small part of me that hopes for another awful day, because your recaps are so entertaining. I realize that makes me a potentially horrible person, but I'll live with it.

    3. I now realize it may be a good idea to keep an extra pair of scrubs in the car, because (inexplicably) my LTC employer doesn't have an L&D department and therefore no mesh pants. You have imparted an important lesson to a new nurse - your work here is done.
  5. Visit  monkeybug} profile page
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    Quote from logank622
    Three things:

    1. I literally laughed out loud at several passages. I always look forward to your posts!

    2. The majority of me hopes that you never have another day as bad as that one. I admit there's a very small part of me that hopes for another awful day, because your recaps are so entertaining. I realize that makes me a potentially horrible person, but I'll live with it.

    3. I now realize it may be a good idea to keep an extra pair of scrubs in the car, because (inexplicably) my LTC employer doesn't have an L&D department and therefore no mesh pants. You have imparted an important lesson to a new nurse - your work here is done.
    I learned when I was pregnant (and peeing on myself all the time) that a spare pair of undies never hurt anyone and might come in handy!
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  6. Visit  SchoolRNAmy} profile page
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    CheesePotato....
    I absolutely loved reading this. You have such talent... and as I could feel the complete angst of your chaotic day, I had to chuckle at your very descriptive anecdotes and funnies.
    Thank you for making my day!!!
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  7. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥} profile page
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    Loud applause!!

    I'm envisioning the day the spike popped out of the blood bag and sprayed blood everywhere... just as the flight crew was arriving to fetch the patient... "It's clean blood, it's clean" I'm saying.

    Or the day the lab tech was being a dolt, we finally had it out, and I turned right into the Mayo stand and knocked the stand and the whole IV tray (jam-packed, of course) flying across the room...

    Or the day that my normally quiet and unobtrusive flatus was bit... um, wet... and I didn't realize until a colleague pointed out that I had "something on (my) butt."

    Or the day that doc just started staring at me... just glaring... until I finally said, "Look, man, I'm struggling enough with the things I know how to do and reading minds ain't one of 'em... wanna help me out?"

    Or the day the postictal teen peed all over me... "You know, in some cultures that makes us married," I reply.

    Or even the day that I learned that a colleague was spreading vicious lies about me, and somebody was being a complete weeny to me because he believed her despite the fact that her characterization was so not me.

    Seriously, if you can't laugh at this stuff, at least in retrospect, I don't see how one survives this job.
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  8. Visit  Twinmom06} profile page
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    I'm still trying to picture the pre-menopausal yeti with mange!!!

    LOL...that was a good one!
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  9. Visit  CountyRat} profile page
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    Brilliant. Made my day. Thanks! And always remember; we are not laughing with you, we are laughing at you.
  10. Visit  VivaLasViejas} profile page
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    OMG!!! I am laughing hysterically---it's way too easy to imagine said scenarios. Sounds like some of the stuff I've done (and documented herein) but MUCH funnier and way better articulated. This piece is a gem. You've really outdone yourself, CP!!!
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  11. Visit  nrsang97} profile page
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    CP,

    My pants fell down at work one night. Not only was a mortally embarassed, but I had the joy of overhearing 2 male co workers ask another male co worker what kind of underwear I was wearing a few days later. Boy to their surprise I came out of the supply room and answered them and laughing about it. I was pregnant and wearing an abdominal binder and I didn't feel the pants fall until it was too late LOL. I have a good sense of humor and laughed about it.
  12. Visit  procrastinator911} profile page
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    hilarious!!
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  13. Visit  ClearBlueOctoberSky} profile page
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    Cheesepotato,

    All I can say is thank you. Especially after I went to work today thinking it was Thursday, only to have my hopes of the week being almost over dashed.
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  14. Visit  lorirn58} profile page
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    That would be "faze", not phase. lol
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