I posted this in 2001....still true
A Graduate Nurse throws up when the patient does....An Experienced nurse calls housekeeping when a pt. throws up
A Graduate Nurse wears so many pins on their name tag you can't read it....An Experienced Nurse doesn't wear one for liability reasons
A Graduate nurse charts too much...An Experienced Nurse doesn't chart enough.
A Graduate Nurse loves to run to codes...An Experienced Nurse makes Graduate Nurses run to codes.
A Graduate Nurse wants everyone to know they are a nurse...An Experienced Nurse doesn't want anyone to know they are a nurse.
A Graduate Nurse keeps detailed notes on a pad...an Experienced Nurse writes on the back of their hand, paper scraps, napkins, ect.
A Graduate Nurse will spend all day trying to orient a patient...An Experienced Nurse will chart the patient is disoriented and restrain them.
A Graduate Nurse can hear a beeping I-med at 50 yards...an Experienced Nurse can't hear any alarms at any distance.
A Graduate Nurse loves to hear abnormal heart and breath sounds...an Experienced Nurse doesn't want know about them unless the patient is symptomatic.
a Graduate Nurse spends 2 hours giving a patient a bath...an Experienced Nurse lets the CNA give the pt. a bath.
A Graduate Nurse thinks people respect nurses...an Experienced Nurse knows everybody blames everything on the nurse.
A Graduate Nurse looks for blood on a bandage hoping they will get to change it...an Experienced Nurse knows a little blood never hurt anybody.
A Graduate Nurse looks for a chance to "work with the family"....an Experienced Nurse avoids the family at all costs.
A Graduate Nurse expects supplies and meds to be delivered on time...an Experienced Nurse expects them to never be delivered at all.
A Graduate Nurse will spend days bladder training an incontinent patient...an Experienced Nurse will insert a Foley cath.
A Graduate Nurse always answers their phone...an Experienced Nurse checks their caller ID before answering the phone.
A Graduate Nurse thinks psych patients are interesting....an Experienced Nurse thinks psych patients are crazy.
a Graduate Nurse carries reference books in their bag...an Experienced Nurse carries magazines, lunch and some "cough medicine" in their bag.
A graduate nurse doesn't find this funny...an Experienced Nurse does.