The real lessons I've learned in life...

Nurses General Nursing


I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is stalk them and hope they panic and give in.

I've learned that waiting till the last minute to study for finals... really is STUPID

I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people are just real a$$holes.

I've learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only suspicion, not proof, to destroy it.

I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to others - they are more f**ked up than you think.

I've learned that you can keep puking long after you think you're finished.

I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, unless we are celebrities.

I've learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones who do.

I've learned that we don't have to ditch bad friends, because in the long run their dysfunction makes us feel better about ourselves.

I've learned that no matter how parents try to protect their children, they will eventually get arrested and end up in the local paper.

I've learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon and all the less important annoying ones just never go away.

I've learned to say, "F**k'em if they can't take a joke" in 6 languages.

live4today, RN

5,099 Posts

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

I've learned that if you love something, and it wants to be set free, set it free. If it comes back to you it was meant to belong to you. If it doesn't return to you, HUNT IT DOWN AND KILL IT! :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle


47 Posts

I've learnt if you tell a child they CAN'T then they will definately do it or die trying


219 Posts

I learned that no good deed goes unpunished.

I learned that in combat ideaology is less important than fire power. Soldiers might put on the uniform for altruistic reasons, but they fight for survival of themselves and their buddies.

I learned that size really doesn't matter. With sufficient pressure on a bag a unit of blood will run just as fast through a 20 gauge as an 18.

I learned that a large amont of cash, expensive clothes and a flashy car will attract a large number of beautiful women. But not ones I want to talk to.

I learned that a sufficient quantity of ETOH makes me incredibly brilliant and poetic, but the effect wears off and leaves me with memories only of idotic stunts I really can't believe I am guilty of.

I learned that beauty is only skin deep, but I wouled rather look at the surface of an abdomen than the interior.



317 Posts

I've learned patience isn't always a virtue, sometimes it just allows things never to get done.

I've learned that sometimes you can learn more from a child than an adult.

I've learned that some people can't be nice, no matter how hard they try or how much you want them to be nice.

I've learned that my mother is alway right.

I've learned to listen to my instincts.

I've learned that it is OK to agree to disagree.

I have not learned, how to take life, not so seriously and literally.

Specializes in Oncology/Haemetology/HIV.

If you don't like doing a certain thing - Don't do it well.

If you do it well, people will keep making you do it over and over again.


4,516 Posts

Great thread...and the last one by Caroladybelle is probably exactly why nurses are so undervalued....

We do the impossible every day so very well, nobody believes us when we tell them how difficult our conditions are....:(


24 Posts

If you happen to hear a strange buzzer in between all the alarms, lights, beeping, yells of Help! and Nurse! and birds diving against the birdcage - don't ever ignore it - chances are someone has already made it to the next town and they want their money!!!!!

When the night nurse says "It's been really quiet" - Run!!!! It's gonna be a long day.

When a resident says there's a huge mouse in her drawer-DO NOT say "Aw it's just a bad dream " and precede to open the drawer.... SO that's where all those rice crispie bars have gone!

If it looks like a pressure wound and smells like a pressure wound by all means -DON'T CHART IT AS SUCH! We don't need those nasty little things during our state review to pop up. It's called an opening, a sore or just a plain open wound.

When that phone is ringing and ringing and ringing and you are at the opposite end of the hall and you can't stand it anymore because there are 15 others in the facility who won't answer - so you run your butt off- pick it up and BY GOSH - it's your CNA's boyfriend AGAIN!!!! or it's someone calling in sick for the next shift- He who takes the call.....

KaraLea, LVN

225 Posts

It is as bad as you think and they really are out to get you.


235 Posts

Your kids never really leave. They eventually come back and bring more little ones with them.

The sweetest words in the world are "I love you, Grandma."

Cookies and milk can make any day better.

The bigger a patient room is, the more equipment you can put in it.

The more incompetent a doctor, the more he complains about the nursing staff.

Be careful where you stand when you are turning the 300 lb patient with diarrhea onto her side.

And, always check your caller ID before you answer the phone on your day off.

KaraLea, LVN

225 Posts

Originally posted by RNinICU

The bigger a patient room is, the more equipment you can put in it.

The smaller the patient room is, the more equipment you will need to put in it.

:roll :roll :roll :p :p :p

joyflnoyz, LPN

356 Posts

Specializes in home health.

When you take lunch with you there will be no time to eat it. if you don't take lunch with you, there IS time.

Just because you aren't paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.

Dance with your dementia patients whenever possible!

tell those you love that you love them whenever possible.

My 10 year old has had a rule since he was 5 that no one leaves the house without giving him a hug!

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