Experienced Nurse vs. Graduate Nurse

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A Graduate Nurse throws up when the patient does....An Experienced nurse calls housekeeping when a pt. throws up

A Graduate Nurse wears so many pins on their name tag you can't read it....An Experienced Nurse doesn't wear one for liability reasons

A Graduate nurse charts too much...An Experienced Nurse doesn't chart enough.

A Graduate Nurse loves to run to 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 detaild notes on a pad...an Experienced Nurse writes on the back of their hand, paper scraps, napkins, ect.

A Graduate Nurse will spend all day trying to orient a patient...An Expereinced 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 want know about them unless the patient is symptomatic.

a Graduate Nurse spends 2 hours giving a patient a bath...an Expereinced Nurse lets the CNA give the pt. 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 Expereinced 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 at all costs.

A Graduate Nurse expects supplies and meds 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 Expereinced Nurse will insert a Foley cath.

A Graduate Nurse alwaays answers their phone...an Expereinced Nurse checks thier 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 thier bag...an Experienced Nurse carries magazines, lunch and some "cough medicine" in thier bag.

A graduate nurse doesn't find this funny...an Experienced Nurse does.:p


6,620 Posts

It's funny, true and sad all at the same time. (I'm not a new grad or a very experienced nurse)


97 Posts

I really enjoyed that... graduated in '97 so I guess I'm in the middle of the road...




You just reminded me of a new grad I worked with that had a dementia patient that literally screamed and yelled all day and night. I checked the pts. med kadex and saw an order for Haldol. I asked her why she wasn't giving it. She repleid she was taught not to chemically restrain a pt. "Restrain him? That poor guy hasn't SLEPT in two days! Help him!" She gave it and everyone enjoyed a good nights rest.


189 Posts

I'm not even done my schooling yet, but I can still laugh at it. But I work as an NA and my sister is a nurse, so I guess I've been exposed to experienced nurses.

I just have 1 question...what is ROFL? I know it stands for something funny....?

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Rolling on floor laughing

prmenrs, RN

4,565 Posts

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control.

ROFLMAO= roll on the floor laughing my a-- off

ROFLPIMP= roll on the floor peeing in my pants

Any one know any more of these??


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I graduated this past May. I would have to disagree with your last comment; I think this was hysterical.

I am learning not to chart too much, but I most definitely love to run to the codes!!!


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I loved this, I'm a first year student so it was timely for me to read this. hehehehehehe!!!




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288 Posts

One other thing to go in this group....

A Graduate Nurse believes the lab when they call and tell you the speciman clotted off....an Experienced nurse knows that the lab either lost the speciman or left it out so long they could not use it.:cool:


99 Posts

Specializes in NICU, Informatics.

AMEN Dplear!!!


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