Humorous Introspection


Okay, so I've noticed in the past 8 months since starting in the medical field that I swear a lot more than I used to. Er, I should say, it comes OUT a lot more. I'm sure I was swearing before but it just wasn't out loud!

Got me thinking: what quirks have you "inherited" as a direct result of you working in the medical field?

bill4745, RN

874 Posts

Specializes in ICU, ER. Has 15 years experience.

Several months after moving from ICU to ER, my wife says I went from someone who took forever to make a decision, into someone who figured out a solution to a problem (even non-medical) and made almost instant decisions.

Specializes in Tele, ICU, ER. Has 6 years experience.

In the ER I learned that everything is NOT an emergency. I had NO idea how much BS comes through the doors of the average ER. More cynical too, have to curb that.

And yep, cuss more than ever, but I TRY to keep it under my breath.

Can ya tell I just came off a LONG LONG night? One more to go!


70 Posts

I've started cussing like a sailor! It's one of my new year's resolutions to stop, actually.

Unrelated to nursing, but when I waited tables for a year, I had to yell "Corner!" every time I turned the corner between the kitchen and the dining area to warn anyone approaching from the other direction. It got to the point where I would turn a corner in my house and yell "CORNER!" to no one in particular. LOL.

TazziRN, RN

6,487 Posts

Cussin' like a longshoreman and being cynical...."Sympathy? You want sympathy? WHY?!?!?"


105 Posts

Specializes in Nothing but ER.

Yes, swearing! Much to my chagrin I have also joined the sailor club. Nothing takes me by surprise anymore(welll just about).


97 Posts

Specializes in DD, Geriatrics, Neuro.

"What the *&^l do you *&^k@#g mean I'm *%c&%n@ cursing too @u*#i^# much?"

I don't curse infront of the residents unless I've just been clocked upside the head or I'm dealing with a resident who has ripped out his/her foley for the third time in 24hours. Away from the that's a different story.


225 Posts

Haha, these are great! Keep 'em coming!

Specializes in Education, Acute, Med/Surg, Tele, etc. Has 13 years experience.

I worked in a LTC/ALF for 4 years and I have picked up the habit of saying 'hon' or 'sweety' all the time like the other staff and residents. Now that I am working hospital again...oh man that so doesn't fly with staff or most patients. Curbing that one has been hard...can't believe I started that one up and really honestly didn't pay attention to it! (I remember that you really aren't suppose to say it, but after 4 years of everyone saying it...I think it bombarded my brain and stuck! LOL!).

As far as cussing...oh I had that tallent in high school and college! LOL! I just learned to say it with my eyes or in my I hear others doing it that I am shocked would even say 'darn it' too loud (LOL!), and I giggle. The other day I had nurses laughing at the front desk because something ticked me off and I said "oh nuts and berries"...everyone just paused, saw the cussive expression on my face...and busted up! Now our new phrase is "oh nuts and berries!"...LOL!!!!!!!

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

17 Articles; 5,259 Posts

Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery.

Talking about disgusting things at the table or to people who might not be as appreciative of the subject matter as my fellow nurses.


107 Posts

Specializes in ortho/neuro.

Thank heavens!! I thought it was just me w/ the swearing thing. I have everyone beat DH and I were at the pastors house visiting with him and his wife. I thought things were going normally, me being articulate and polite :saint: and of course christianly.

We leave and get into the car and my DH gives me a look and says "I can't believe you swore in front of them" :doh: and I was like "what are you talking about.. there is no way I swore in front of the pastor!" and DH goes "oh yea, you said the S-word a couple of times" Oh man, I wanted to crawl in a hole and honestly, I still don't remember saying it. Guess I have sailor syndrome really, really bad!


3,778 Posts

Specializes in Trauma,ER,CCU/OHU/Nsg Ed/Nsg Research. Has 15 years experience.

I also swear more, have no patience anymore for drama, and my handwriting has totally declined to the point of being illegible even to me.

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