This is so true! Once people found out I was a nurse, OMG!!! the questions I would get! I always tell people, " Ask your doctor", that (sometimes) stops the medical questions, or, " That will be 45.00 for the consult please"- that comment really is an eye opener. I had one family member even tell me they weren't going to ask their docotr because they were 'testing' my knowledge, or "I'm not gonna ask him, I don't want him to think I'm stupid, or I don't know anything." Whew!!!!!
I was recently hospitalized for surgery. The staff did not know I was a nurse until I was discharged. The nurse said to me, " Wow!!! I didn't know your were a nurse! You didn't say anything"! I told her I normally don't because I don't work in your facility, and I want to be treated like everyone else. Why should you treat me any better because I am a nurse? Whatever special care you give me, you should (be) giving to everyone.