The front of your scrubs
read: 'Nurses...here to save your ass, not kiss it!'
You occasionally park in the space with the 'Physicians Only' sign, and knock it over
You've ever told a patient to 'move toward the light.'
You believe that all the patient needs is some vitamin A (Ativan)
You've ever run out of linens, syringes, IV fluid, meds, and patience, all at the same time
You believe some patients are alive only because it's illegal to kill them
You do the "only-27-more-minutes-of-the-shift-from-hell happy dance"
You always follow the rules, but are wise enough to forget them sometimes
You believe any family member who is more drunk (or more stupid) than the patient, is the real problem
You can't cure stupid
You believe, if it's wet and sticky and not yours, leave it alone!
You believe, just because someone's license date is before yours does not mean they know what they are doing.
You have seen more moons than the Hubble telescope
To you the phrase, "divide and conquer" means getting two coworkers to help you change the bedsore dressing in the crack of a 400-pound patient.
You ever, secretly, wanted to mix crazy glue into the lube while inserting a foley on a patient that has pulled out three catheters on your shift while restrained.
You own at least three pens with the names of prescription medications on them
You never get into an argument with an idiot, because they only bring you down to their level and then beat you with experience
You ever had a patient die shortly after saying, 'Hey, watch this'
You ever wished that they would make corrugated catheters to use on really annoying patients
You no longer have a gag reflex
You hope there's a special place in Hell for the inventor of the call light (& the cell phones we use on shift)
You believe not all patients are annoying; some are dead
You believe the definition of stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you haven't fallen asleep yet
You think pizza, cookies, and coke make a balanced meal
You tell cops where to go without fear!
You can only tell time with a 24-hour clock
You've ever thought, 'Patients, God love 'em, because today, I sure don't!'
You believe that saying, 'It can't get any worse' causes it to get worse just to show you it can
You wash your hands before you go to the bathroom
You call some of your coworkers 'Flowers in the Field of Medicine' because they're bloomin' idiots
You've ever used the acronym F.T.D. (Fixin' to Die) or L.T.B.B (Lucky To Be Breathing)
You've ever thought a blood pressure cuff as an excellent Christmas gift
You've ever spent more money on a stethoscope than on a car payment
You notice that you use more four-letter words now than before you became a nurse
You think it is acceptable to use "penis" and "vagina" in a normal conversation
You look in your closet and can't find anything non-medical to wear
You believe any job where you can drive to work in pajamas is a cool job
Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong and if nothing has gone wrong, you've obviously don't understand the situation
Everyone gets treated exactly the same---until they PISS YOU OFF!
The ER is a mixture of can do, can't do, and why the hell not!
You can identify the following Syndromes:
F.O.L. (Full Of Liquor)
A.D.A.S.T.W. (Arrived Dead And Stayed That Way)
W.O.T.A.M. (Waste of Time & Money)
You consider tongue depressors and emesis basins as eating utensils
You have placed your irritating patients/family members on P.I.T.A.
(Pain In The ASS) precautions!
Ever referred to KY jelly as "Goober Grease".
You know it's a full moon without having to look at the sky
You have ever referred to a patient as "genetically challenged"
You've developed a crease between your brows from trying NOT to inhale the various human secretions you've encountered over the years
Eating microwave popcorn out of a clean bedpan is perfectly natural
You've been exposed to so many x-rays that you consider it a form of birth control
Your bladder can expand to the same size as a Winnebago's water tank
You've ever held a 14-gauge needle over someone's vein and said, "Now your going to feel a little stick"
You refer to motorcyclists as organ donors
You've ever had a patient with a nose ring, a brow ring and twelve earrings say, "I'm afraid of shots"
You stare at someone in utter disbelief when they actually cover their mouth to cough
You automatically multiply by three the number of drinks a patient claims to have daily
You can keep a straight face when a patient responds, "Just two beers"
You develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from constantly locking and unlocking the Narcotic Cabinet
Your idea of a meal break is finishing your coffee before it gets cold (I'm trying to remember the last time...)
You think "awake and stupid" is an appropriate choice for mental status
You've ever bet on someone's blood alcohol level
Discussing dismemberment over a meal seems perfectly normal
You believe in the aerial spraying of Prozac
You believe the government should require a permit to reproduce
You believe the 'On-call Nurse' program is a satanic plot
You believe unspeakable evils will befall you if the word 'quiet' is uttered
You believe every waiting room should have a Valium salt lick
You believe you have patients who are demonically possessed
You believe waiting room time should be in proportion to the length of time from symptom onset (You've had pain for 3 weeks...have a seat, we'll get to you in 3 days)
You refer to vegetable and you don't mean the food group
You know the local detox center number by heart
You believe the lab should have a 'dumb ****' profile on the lab requisition slip
You firmly believe that 'too stupid to live' should be a diagnosis
You have to leave the patient before you begin to laugh uncontrollably
You believe a book entitled 'Suicide: Getting it Right the First Time' will be your next project
You find humor in other people's stupidity
Your idea of fine dining is sitting down to eat
You believe a good tape job will fix anything
You get an almost irresistible urge to stand and wolf down your food, even in the nicest restaurants
Your idea of a good time is a Code Blue at shift change
You don't believe 90% of what you're told, and 75% of what you see.
You have your weekends off planned a year in advance
You feel that most suicide attempts should be given a free subscription to "Guns and Ammo" magazine
You've ever had a patient look you dead in the eye and say, "I don't know how that got stuck in there"
You have ever restrained someone...and it wasn't a sexual experience
Your feet are slightly fatter and tougher than Fred Flintstone's
Your immune system is well developed that it has been known to attack and kill squirrels in the backyard
You have recurrent nightmares of being hit and run over by the portable x-ray machine
Received this morning in email...not sure if posted here before but I've said/thought many of these before.