What Was your Biggest Surprise When you Became a Nurse?

  1. I ain't the way the book teaches at all.

    Patients can surprise you, shock you, and make you laugh.

    The awesomeness of viewed surgery.

    How much doctors yell at nurses
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  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    How many times i'd be on my knees, under the doc's gown, feeling around in their pocket for their pager.

    And just knowing that's not what it looks like to the people looking through the door's window, pointing and laughing hystarically.
  4. by   deeDawntee
    What really surprised me and amazes me still, is how little feedback is given from management. As a nurse, you really are responsible for your own practice for the most part and I consider that I answer to myself more than anyone else. From management I have found that "no news is good news". They really don't go out of their way to tell you how great you are doing....you only hear from them when there is an issue.
    Its was a little disconcerting at first, I work the night shift and can easily go months with no interaction with my manager whatsoever. I'm not saying I don't really like not having to deal with the management, because that is certainly one of the best parts about working at nights for me...but it just surprised me.... a lot!!
  5. by   RNSC
    viewing so many as Howard Stern would say private parts.
    I was a CNA at the the age of 17, a student nurse and then a Med-Surg nurse so I'v seen plenty of parts. DH doesn't understand why I don't get a charge out his body. Well parts is parts as they say.
  6. by   Diary/Dairy
    My biggest surprise when I became a nurse was how much of my mom I never knew because I did not have the knowledge that she did. We talk about nursing with each other now, and it's nice to have someone there who understands.

    That and I cannot call her "Mary" at work!!! I feel compelled to still call her "Mom".
  7. by   bakpakr
    I graduate from my CNA program today. My biggest surprise so far is how much I enjoy it. I knew I would like it but the enjoyment has really surprised me. I actually have fun caring and interacting with the residents. I want to get a job at our hospital as a CNA on the med/surg floor. Then return to school to get my RN. I Love what I have seen of nursing so far.

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