You know you've been a nurse too long when... - page 2

You know you've been a nurse too long when you can't enjoy a movie because of the half minute of CPR compressions only being given at about 50 per minute, with bent arms and there's a flat line on... Read More

  1. by   Mandychelle79
    When my dd loses control of her ADHD and says I know I know Im perseverating again.

    Or my son knows that my response to injury is any blood, any bones, no go back and play

    Or when husband complains about job and I reply- bad day for me means a death, an aggressive pt fighting with us, or the new one having to go nose to crotch with someone I dont want to hear about it
  2. by   S.G.
    I became a nurse after watching my mother as a nurse. I decided she'd been a nurse too long when I was writing a paper for school. I asked her another word for "rash". She replied with "dermatitis?" I was looking for the word "impulsive". I still tease her about it!
  3. by   anothergrumpyoldRN
    ...when you pass the time in airports assessing ankle edema on passersby.

    ...when you can drink 4 quarts of water and hold your urine for 12 hours.
  4. by   sapphire18
    When you LOVE Greys Anatomy, but hate it at the same time bc watching the DOCTORS do all the nursing tasks- and social work, and secretarial, and PT/OT, etc...gets old fast.
  5. by   HouTx
    When you don't realize what actually happened until the cop (investigating report of neighborhood flasher) asks you "so, did you see Mr. standing in front of his window naked or not?" - and it dawns on you that you are just so accustomed to seeing naked people that it didn't even seem out of the ordinary.
  6. by   mymisseemoo
    I know I have been a nurse too long... when working out at the gym this morning, I noticed an older gentleman doing straight legged situps. After completing about 5 he laid down and didn't move. I paused my workout and looked for chest rise and fall. I though t I was going to have to start CPR on him and was wondering where the AED was located.
  7. by   Kencanwin
    Quote from MessyMomma
    But I know that I've been a nurse too long and it's rubbed off on my son---at a recent family gathering the kids were playong outside. Soon I hear dramatic sobbing from the backyard with calls of "Mom! Mom!" I race to the scene and see my son standing near his cousin, the victim. As I assess the situation I see a scraped shin, oozing a bit. I calm the "victim" and start to tell him that I'll take him inside and clean it up. My son pipes up and says, "Look, Cousin, it's just an abrasion. We'll wash it and apply some triple antibiotic cream and put a gauze pad on it. You'll be fine. But make sure you watch it to make sure it doesn't get infected."

    Cousin gets fixed up and the play resumes. I later hear Cousin say something about "going to the doctor" to get his "leg checked out". Boy then says very matter-of-factly, "You don't need a doctor. My mom checked you and nurses know more than doctors". ****Crap, I gotta stop talking about work in front of him!

    Guess my boy's been paying attention all this time!
    LMAO that was a good one.
  8. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from Blondenurse83
    When I noticed the veins popping out of the arm of the statute of David in Italy and I was thinking, I could get an IV in him, no problem!
    I noticed those wonderful veins too! It didn't occur to me then (I was in my late 20's) that I had noticed his veins before I had noticed his great arse! Yep! Must be getting old!
  9. by   s2r19o88
    You go to change your nieces diaper for the first time, and you wonder where the gloves are...
  10. by   Woodenpug
    You know that your bladder can hold at least 2 liters of concentrated urine.
  11. by   Morainey
    When you note the location of the AED in public places...

    When the people around town all start to look familiar...

    When you give your family Scary Nurse Lectures about not drinking enough fluids (mom) or taking blood pressure pills (dad)...

    When you see a little old lady at the grocery store on a windy day and think to yourself, "hip fracture just waiting to happen"...
  12. by   DoeRN
    When you have to use the bathroom but ignore it because you have a gazillion things to do then you realize you are off. Or you automatically hand someone a tissue and sanitizer when they start coughing. And why in the heck do I carry this stuff in my purse in the first place lol.

    But now when I have to go I go. Unless it's an emergency the patients and tasks can wait.

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  13. by   amoLucia
    ... when you're at a restaurant, mall food court, family gathering, wedding reception, etc and you hear someone vigorously coughing. You stop chewing or talking, turn head & locate cougher. You wait for the next couple deep inhalations before you move into next phase of Heimlich Maneuver.

    ... when you see WeepingAngel's little old lady on icy slippery sidewalk or her husband with snow shovel during a blizzard and think --- here it comes!!!