Top Ten Things You Need To Know To Be A Nurse

  1. 10. If it's wet make it dry.
    9. Document,document,document.
    8. Always ask for on-call pay before agreeing to overtime.
    7. Never tell management what you are really thinking.
    6. Never finish report with, "You have an easy assignment".
    5. Never say. "This looks like a easy assignment".
    4. Don't expect nurses aids to do their job.
    3. Don't expect doctors to believe any thing you tell them.
    2. If you don't have enough time to do everything, take about 30
    minutes to complain about it.
    1. If it moves, rattles, shakes, falls down, or won't stay in place:
    tape it.
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  3. by   live4today
    My favorites from your list:

    Never tell Management what you are REALLY thinking.
    Document, document, document!
    :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle AINT THAT THE TRUTH!
  4. by   AmandaDawn
    Love them and oh so true!

    Here's a few to add

    11. After u give report get out of the building ASAP befor a code is called.

    12. Admissions will always come at the busiest time of the day.

    13. Always expect the pt/family to say/do the unexpected
  5. by   GPatty
    :chuckle :roll :chuckle :roll :chuckle

  6. by   KaraLea
    14. Never say "It sure has been QUIET"...unless you WANT to be pummeled within an inch of your life...
  7. by   Brownms46
    Never trust that the nurse counting narcs with you knows how to count...or read...YOU count and read with her!!!

    If you think something is not probably isn't

    If you see people with worried/harried faces, and normally neat nurses look like they have been thru the wringer.... as you come on the floor...and no one has seen you..there's still time to turn around!
    Last edit by Brownms46 on Jun 13, '02
  8. by   RNforLongTime
    Never ever say the "Q" word!!!! You will jinx yourself and all he!! will break loose! I know from experience, I said it one AM, next thing I know a pt is being coded and sent to ICU from a skilled nursing unit!!!
  9. by   micro
    *******if somebody says seems like you are having a quiet evening.....BE PREPARED!!!!!

    Me.....take care of #1 first
    Well, deep, very deep subject...
    Oh, my.......
    Report off and run

    Betts, as usual you rock....and always lighten the heart 99.9%...

    hope all is going better on that other thread and bad situation......