Confess! Whats the craziest force of habit you've done in the "Real World" - page 11

I have heard some of the craziest things nurses have done out of force of habit in the "Real World". Aka out of the hospital. I've heard that some sign their checks with first initial, last name RN. Someone ran to aisle... Read More

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    Quote from aeonflux40
    I admire veins in public

    I have signed RN after my name many times [possibly bc of the fact that I am so proud of my job]

    I critique CPR I see on TV/in movies [has anyone seen "Misery"?]

    While watching an old South Park episode recently, the doctor said he needed sodium pentathol and potassium chloride-2 ingredients used during lethal injection. I'm sure they meant to be silly, but I still pointed this out to my friends.

    When asking my friends for something urgent, I say "STAT" instead of ASAP

    Also, while watching TV/movies, when they mention a particular drug, I say out loud, "Oh, that's used for blah blah blah." which can really annoy some ppl.

    I always critique medical shows and it drives my husband crazy! I also "diagnose" people in the store! (although not to them!)
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    Knocking on doors at home (I live alone)

    I totally do the RN thing at the end of my name...I hate that 'cause it makes me look like a rookie.

    Putting my car keys in my invisible scrub pockets and having them crash to the floor.

    When they stopped having regular mint syrup at Starbucks, I thought, "Oh man, they DC'd the mint." Just barely kept myself from saying it out loud.

    Playing "Guess The Dx" in the line at Wal-Mart

    Using my pen light to find stuff under the couch

    Veins...I love veins.

    Playing "Dodge The Families" in the grocery store.
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    i use a penlight to check under the fridge, bed, couches, etc.
    pick up hairballs with a hemastat.
    knock on doors before entering.
    find myself explaining procedures before i begin with the cats and the dog.
    i'm my cousin who has rapidly advancing ms's main support network (her husband is in denial) and i talk to her sometimes, as though she has a nursing degree too. i try hard not to do it, but sometimes
    it just slipsout when we talk about her meds or neuro appt.
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    Quote from tvccrn
    I inspect veins

    I holler at medical shows on TV

    I have answered my phone, "ICU, this is tvccrn, how may I help you?"

    I hear beeps in the night and wake up looking for the IV pump
    Yup, Yup, Yup. (Except I work Med Tele!)

    My Dad told me to not talk during HOUSE today b/c I was trying to diagnose the prob with House & team. So I stopped verbalizing it & just had the conversation with them in my head.

    I'm sure House & Co could have benefited from my input!
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    I am a constant sticky-note user at work (helps me to keep organized) & find (even when away from work) myself reaching for an imaginary sticky note from the EMT Tool Holster I carry all my pens & random needs in all shift.

    I've been thinking of carrying sticky notes in my purse b/c of this.

    Have also totally reached for my pager or work phone even after I've left work.
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    Quote from preemielove80
    I am not being cynical.
    I always ask the nurses to warm my right arm before they stick me or draw lab., because my veins collapse easily. Many of them refuse to do this simple thing. I wonder why? Warming vasodilates veins. I always warm the extremity I'm going to stick prior to starting a difficult IV.
    Thanks for the tip! I'm still a fairly new nurse -- RN 1 year in Oct! -- and I never thought of this! I'll have to put this in my grab-bag of knowledge!
    twinkletoes53 likes this.
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    Alcohol prep pads are always handy.. While cleaning my cell phone, I will usually encourage my kids, my boyfriend, my mom... anyone, that they should do the same. Same goes for the remote, my laptop, etc., etc..

    The pen light in my purse is handy for finding loose change.

    I don't see what's wrong with talking about BM's over dinner..

    I, too, am notorious for yelling out "he/she is coughing.. that's a good thing," at a gathering when someone starts "choking".
    twinkletoes53, Sherriblu, pca_85, and 5 others like this.
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    Quote from mamabear71
    I don't see what's wrong with talking about BM's over dinner..

    I, too, am notorious for yelling out "he/she is coughing.. that's a good thing," at a gathering when someone starts "choking".
    The "choking" thing drives me nuts. Everyone stands there looking at me like I'm evil because I don't rush over and fuss and punch the "choker" in the stomach.
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    I had a blood drawn from my hand today, and found myself discussing the situation with the phlebotomist, as if I was a nurse discussing a patient's lack of available large veins in my arm.....

    The phlebotomist was so involved in that scenario, that she hesitated, as if to get my approval, before doing the stick!
    Zookeeper3 and x4livin like this.
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    I notice everyone's veins too. After driving an ambulance or medic truck for almost 10 years I find myself reaching for the gear shift that does not exist on my steering wheel and getting ready to use the siren when I get to intersections and stop signs so I can easily flip it on when I get a call
    lamazeteacher likes this.


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