Depending on the patient and their behavior determines how I respond. Moving to the south and not being a religious person gave me a lot of issues. Especially because it wasn't that I didn't believe in a God, I just thought he was a jerk and wanted nothing to do with him. It's different now, but I had a lot of patients wanting to save me and give me their opinions on it.
Then I also get a lot of comments about being part Mexican. I don't feel I look Mexican at all. I am not fluent in Spanish, however, I know enough and the basics and because I was raised around Spanish as a child I can enunciate it well, which makes people assume I am fluent. Although I don't look Mexican IMO I apparently look "something". So I get asked a lot and I will respond that I am Half Mexican and Half Norwegian. I had a very offensive patient once in one of my curtains. Everyone in that zone could hear her and she said many things like this man in the article. Conversation went as followed:
Her "Are you mixed with something? You look like you might be"
Me "Yes I am half Mexican and half Norwegian"
Her "Oh wow, I bet that was rough"
Me "How so?"
Her "Crossing that border, was it hard??"
*audible gasp from the curtain room next to her*
Me (without missing a beat and with a completely straight face) "Nah with El Nino it wasn't so bad. The water was barely deep. Now the boat ride from Norway was far worse and took 8 months"
I walked out and the people in the surrounding curtain rooms bellowed out laughing along with the people at the nurses station.
The patient, didn't have a clue and believed that. She later said she has people like me that work on her yard and she always felt bad, but that maybe their journey wasn't as bad either like mine. :| :|
Last edit by ~Mi Vida Loca~RN on Apr 17