Graduate Nurse vs Experienced Nurse

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    "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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    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.
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    I found it Funny, say no more!
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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    Bravo, Bravo I applaud you. This thread is so true
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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!!!
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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.


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