"My Mom's a Nurse...... - page 3

And thinks she knows everything." Little Darling came in complaining of a sore throat and bilateral ear pain. States pain is worse than yesterday's visit. Student crying. When asked why she was at... Read More

  1. by   ctate
    Quote from AdobeRN
    I find it weird that people tend to throw this at us....I am so the opposite - I never tell people "I'm a nurse" because then they start asking things of you and feel the need to tell you about all their personal medical history. Once I had a neighbor (she knew I was a nurse because she had elementary kids on my campus) come knocking on my door to ask me about my thoughts on her "raging yeast infection" GAH....
    OH, my yes!!!!!! You should see the reaction when I tell them, "I don't know what the 3 month old rash could be. I recommend you have that looked at by a physician."
  2. by   kidzcare
    Quote from AdobeRN
    I find it weird that people tend to throw this at us....I am so the opposite - I never tell people "I'm a nurse" because then they start asking things of you and feel the need to tell you about all their personal medical history.
    I am always torn on when to throw this out when I am at the dr office or otherwise talking to someone medical.

    For example, when my daughter broke her arm, I arrived to the ER after the ambulance and when I got to her room, the ER nurse started describing what they were doing and I didn't hesitate- I just blurted out "I'm a nurse" and he immediately changed his language to technical terms and more specifics, which was exactly what I wanted.

    When she was in the hospital for a night after the ORIF, I was more hesitant. When the nurses and doc came in to see her I didn't want them thinking I was saying it to look for special treatment or to have them think I was watching them extra closely, looking for mistakes. Same thing when I accompanied my mom to her ortho appt after she had should surgery (she is a nurse too).
  3. by   chasinRT
    Quote from OyWithThePoodles
    (I love that she is being treated with abx at home, likely a leftover stash )
    Oh, c'mon! Like you don't do that!! (Just kidding!) (But wait, don't you??)
  4. by   OhioBPH
    Quote from AdobeRN
    I find it weird that people tend to throw this at us....I am so the opposite - I never tell people "I'm a nurse"
    I never tell people that I work in healthcare, ESPECIALLY not pediatrics/school health unless I have to or they also work in health care. It never fails that I get asked advice about their kids. I don't know if LD has mumps, see a doctor.
  5. by   WineRN
    Quote from AdobeRN
    I find it weird that people tend to throw this at us....I am so the opposite - I never tell people "I'm a nurse"
    Same. I had a few scares when I was pregnant and I never told the nurses caring for me what I did. I'm not an OB nurse and I enjoyed things being over explained to me because OB is something I never took an interest in.
  6. by   NurseBeans
    I never ever EVER tell people what I do. They have to ask me specifically. I don't know why I do this except that I am a private person anyway. My husband, on the other hand...

    The first thing out of his mouth in any situation is "MY WIFE IS A NURSE!" I do not know why he does this.
  7. by   ctate
    Quote from NurseBeans

    The first thing out of his mouth in any situation is "MY WIFE IS A NURSE!" I do not know why he does this.
    Yep. My kids do this all the time.
  8. by   NanaPoo
    Funny...when my daughter is sick I say I'm a nurse. I want her docs to be straight with me and tell me like it is. But when other family members are in the hospital the first thing is say is, "don't you dare tell them I'm a nurse!!" followed by, "oh, how are you doing? It's good to see you!"
  9. by   MHDNURSE
    Ha, back when I worked at an outpatient pediatric clinic, we had this one family that we always cringed when they showed up. Mom was always in a rush, hostile, never nice to anyone. Anyway, one day her kid was sick and they ended up doing a CBC, Chem and a few other labs to rule out the bad stuff. Mom calls later to get the results and is very nasty about it, wants them faxed over a non-secure fax line, etc. This was pre-HIPAA. Anyway, we finally get them over to her and she calls back hysterical, asking why no one has addressed the "abnormal" lab results, says I am a doctor and someone needs to address these labs. I have our Attending and medical director call her. Turns out, not only is she NOT a doctor, she is a "tech" at a VETERINARY OFFICE We were laughing for DAYS. The attending explaining to her that her child was not, in fact a dog and this is why the labs were in fact within normal limits was hysterical. Mom was finally put in her place and never tried to play the "medical card" again.

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