People really do ask you for medical advice! Wow...

  1. So, I have been reading a lot of the posts in the Nursing section, and have seen the part about how everyone asks for medical advice once they find out you are a nurse.

    Well, I am a first year nursing STUDENT, and I just had my first experience with it...I just had someone ask me about the burning sensation when they pee. At work. With everyone listening.

    Uh. Maybe go see your doctor? I am certain asking a novice in the midst of a group of cubicles filled with your co-workers is probably not the ideal way to get advice about your UTI/STD.

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  3. by   badwolf
    Haha, I haven't even started nursing school and I get this kind of stuff all the time.

    I was meeting friends to go on a road trip and the first thing my friend said to me, at 7am, was, "I have blood in my stool, should I be worried?" Nice to see you too!

    I even get billing questions and questions about medical mysteries that people see on TV. Then they act like I'm dumb because I don't have an answer. Hello!?!
  4. by   rubato
    Yes, it's true. I'm not even a nursing student yet either (start on the 20th). Haven't had one second of clinicals, not one second of lecture. I have had 3 people come up to me now asking for advice. I also have people all the time tell me their nasty, personal medical histories because "You're a nurse, so you understand." No, I'm not a nurse and even if I was, I don't want to listen to you outside of the work environment, thank you!
  5. by   SC4Nurse2B
    I worked at a veterinary clinic up until May. A farmer that I know came in and when I told him I would be leaving there to go to school full time to be a nurse, I got an earful all about his "prostrate." It was awesome! LOL
  6. by   lovingtheunloved
    My standard answer to any question like that is "Go see your doctor." Because I'm not YOUR nurse. And I don't want to hear about your "prostrate."
  7. by   winterlights08
    I get it too from my family. My husband's skin problems, my friend's gallbladder, and just today I had to assess a tiny scab on my mother in law's leg that she thought was a tick. I just finished my first semester today .
  8. by   SunshineDaisy
    Yeah, I've had my fair share of people asking me as well!
  9. by   LCinTraining
    Yup. I started as a lactation consultant which apparently meant I was a gynecologist as well. LOL
    Then I became an EMT, which meant I was a paramedic.
    Now I work as a nurse's aid. I'm officially the go to for doctor questions now.

    I have given up explaining to people and simply say "Yeah, call your doc!"
  10. by   oztizz184
    haha all during school i said 'go see your doctor' and even the professors tell you to say it too!! nursing STUDENT. haha
  11. by   musicpirate
    I notice that I get it alot when I have my scrubs on too!!!
  12. by   CRNBSN18
    My aunt told me, "you need to tell your pawpaw how to get his blood pressure up! He passed out!" :| ummm, really? Hello!! All I can do is shake my head. There has been many more..

    One good time though, I was finishing up a&p II lab -taught by a RN- and we learned some patho etc. Anyways, we had just learned about appendicitis and she told us all of this stuff to look for. I get a call that my brother is in the ER and Is in bad pain etc. So I ask about it being curious. I asked about the rebound pain & kept telling them I bet it's appendicitis. No one would listen and kept say no way! I get a call back from my dad saying it IS appendicitis and all I could say is "YES!!" I felt like a butt, but I was totally right and proud of that. Lol my instructor had a good laugh about it. will never understand.. Haha! I'm ready to start nursing school next week! It's going to be exciting, fun, and challenging!
  13. by   prmenrs
    When I was a student, I would respond to inquiries w/"We haven't gotten to that part yet". Abt 3 months before graduation, a family member asked me "aren't you graduating any minute now? When will you find out?"

    In the past few years, after being a nurse for a realllly long time, I would say, I only know babies and breastfeeding! Can't help you.

    W/my mother, tho, I got a little better @ discerning her symptoms and would say, "I wonder if you need this test or that one, or more diuretic, or a little more K+, etc. She wouldn't say anything, later I would find out she'd called the doc, and sure enough, I was right. And I bought her a BP cuff; I also bought a little finger sat meter, but she got very unhappy because it was orange.

    Families are sooo much fun!
  14. by   newlvnstudent
    I am currently a LVN student and am a Licensed Phlebotomist. Yes, I do get asked, when in public, first, what do I do, when I say I'm a Licensed Phlebotomist and a LVN student, I get "oh, OK, so I went to my doctor's office today and got labs drawn and almost passed, what does that mean"? in the middle of the produce section at the grocery store!!! I ALWAYS preface, 1, I'm not a doctor, 2, I'm a STUDENT, 3, if it were me, I'd go/call my doctor...what's kind of scary (and funny) is the power of the scrubs!!