Hmmmm... I've never liked this statement, only because of the emphasis on the word ONLY
You ARE a nurse, not just only....you do so much more than nursing.
Plumber- yeah you are...different drains. lol
Housekeeper- if a patient pukes on the floor, are you going to stand there and let it sit while you wait for the housekeeper to come back to the floor, or would you spend the two minutes it take and wipe it up?
Lab Tech- You draw labs? You know what they mean? Yeah, you are....
Cardio/pulmonary person- You might not know what every button on a vent means, but you know how to get air in a person if they are unable to do so for themselves, and you're able to pound their chest until their heart is able to do that job them selves too
Dietician- Yeah. No concentrated sweets? Low sodium to the ESRD patient? Yeah, you are...
Cook/waitress- you got me there. No comeback. lol If so, I want tips and coffee breaks.
Electrician- Why does this heart lead go here?
Psychiatrist- Didn't we all take psych as part of our nursing courses? Think about it next time you're giving haldol...
Computer tech- we chart on computers. If it screws up, we have to know how to work around it.
Doctor- No, you don't have MD behind your name... You have RN. You're the one telling the doctor what's going on with the patient. You're the one hopefully catching the MD's errors. You're the one explaining things to the confused patient.
Please don't ever consider yourself ONLY a nurse. Think of everything you can do!
-Andrea (ONLY a nursing student)