Graduate Nurse vs Experienced Nurse

  1. 3 "More Truth Than Humor"

    A graduate nurse throws up when the patient does.
    An experienced nurse calls housekeeping when a patient throws up.

    A graduate nurse wears so many pins on their name
    badge you can't read it.
    An experienced nurse doesn't wear a name badge for liability reasons.

    A graduate nurse charts too much.
    An experienced nurse doesn't chart enough.

    A graduate nurse loves to run codes.
    An experienced nurse makes graduate nurses run to codes.

    A graduate nurse wants everyone to know they are a nurse.
    An experienced nurse doesn't want anyone to know they are a nurse.

    A graduate nurse keeps detailed notes on a pad.
    An experienced nurse writes on the back of their hand, paper scraps,
    napkins, etc.

    A graduate nurse will spend all day trying to reorient a patient.
    An experienced nurse will chart the patient is disoriented and restrain
    them.

    A graduate nurse can hear a beeping I-med at 50 yards.
    An experienced nurse can't hear any alarms at any distance.

    A graduate nurse loves to hear abnormal heart and breath sounds.
    An experienced nurse doesn't even want to hear about them
    unless the patient is symptomatic.

    A graduate nurse spends 2 hours giving a patient a bath.
    An experienced nurse lets the CNA give the patient a bath.

    A graduate nurse thinks people respect nurses.
    An experienced nurse knows everybody blames everything on the nurse.

    A graduate nurse looks for blood on a bandage hoping they will get to
    change it.
    An experienced nurse knows a little blood never hurt anybody.

    A graduate nurse looks for a chance "to work with the family".
    An experienced nurse avoids the family.

    A graduate nurse expects meds and supplies to be delivered on time.
    An experienced nurse expects them to never be delivered at all.

    A graduate nurse will spend days bladder training an incontinent patient.
    An experienced nurse will insert a Foley catheter.

    A graduate nurse always answers their phone.
    An experienced nurse checks their caller ID before answering the phone.

    A graduate nurse thinks psych patients are interesting.
    An experienced nurse thinks psych patients are crazy.

    A graduate nurse carries reference books in their bag.
    An experienced nurse carries magazines, lunch and some "cough syrup"
    in their bag.

    A graduate nurse doesn't find this funny.
    An experienced nurse does.
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  3. Visit  betts profile page

    About betts

    From 'The Sunshine State'; Joined Oct '01; Posts: 1,028; Likes: 19.

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  4. Visit  debbyed profile page
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    I've seen this one before and loved it...........In the same place I saw one that was ER Nurse vrs ICU Nurse but now I can find it.
  5. Visit  KIWIRN profile page
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    I found it Funny, say no more!
  6. Visit  KIWIRN profile page
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    the girls at work came up with a couple more:

    A Graduate nurse measures everything carefully to the millilitre
    An Experienced nurse can tell at one glance of the bedpan

    A Graduate nurse asks the Dr what to do next
    An Experienced nurse tells the Dr what to do next
    Last edit by KIWIRN on Dec 6, '01
  7. Visit  lyndac918 profile page
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    Id love to see that one myself!!!

    Quote from debbyed
    I've seen this one before and loved it...........In the same place I saw one that was ER Nurse vrs ICU Nurse but now I can find it.
  8. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    I tee hee'd over the additional one about the experienced nurse telling the doc what to do.
    sharpeimom likes this.
  9. Visit  Darlene K. profile page
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    That's is very funny (and not far from the truth).
    Last edit by Darlene K. on May 18, '04 : Reason: spelling
  10. Visit  MsLpn02 profile page
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    Bravo, Bravo I applaud you. This thread is so true
  11. Visit  chris_at_lucas_RN profile page
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    For the most part (except for the obvious ones), I hope I remain a graduate nurse in frame of mind for a long, long time.

    Which, I guess, gives some hints about where I am in my career!!!
  12. Visit  Rapheal profile page
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    A graduate nurse goes into great length to explain the test results- an experienced nurse knows too much knowledge is a dangerous thing.

    A graduate nurse will page the doctor on Saturday for the family to speak to him. An experienced nurse will suggest the family call the doctor themselves.

    A graduate nurse will panic when their psych patient develops atypical seizure symptoms- overhead paging the doctor stat! An experienced nurse will tell the patient "Stop that!" and watch the patient pause the seizure long enough to ask "Stop what?"

    Keep adding.
  13. Visit  Token Male profile page
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    You know you're a nurse when
    You avoid unhealthy looking peoples in the mall for fear that they'll
    drop near you and you'll have to do CPR on your day off.

    It doesn't bother you to eat a candy bar with one hand while performing
    digital stimulation on your patient with the other hand.

    You've had a patient with a nose ring, a brow ring and twelve earrings
    say, "I'm afraid of shots."

    You've ever bet on someone's blood alcohol level.

    You plan your next meal while performing gastric lavage.

    You believe every waiting room should have a Valium salt lick.

    You have your weekends off planned a year in advance.

    You have ever had a patient control his seizures when offered food.

    You know it's a full moon without having to look at the sky.
  14. Visit  paris2 profile page
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    A graduate nurse will seek solution to a problem
    An Experienced nurse will creat one
  15. Visit  paris2 profile page
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    A graduate nurse will seek solution to a problem

    An Experienced nurse will creat one


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