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When the thought of going home for the holidays exhausts you due to the fact that everyone in the family will be asking you about their vague possible illnesses, their chronic illnesses, or their medications. That your large semi-hickified family cannot comprehend an answer to their questions that includes "I don't know", "I don't have enough information about this issue to give you a complete answer", or "You should see a doctor about that" and will continue to repeat their multitude of questions until you are ready to beat yourself unconcious. But just like your patients, you love them to much to quit trying. So you sigh, prepare for the week long inquisition, and fondly remember the days your family use to tell you about themselves and not just what their poop looked like after dinner.

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You believe there is a special place in Hell for the inventor of the call light.

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You beleive there is a special place in hell for the inventors of the press gainey survey and all er/ed nurses know what I am talking about.

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When you ask your significant other if he gave cold medicine to your son and he replies "It wasn't on the MAR" -- and he's not a nurse lol! True story, happened tonight when I got home from work :)

I often get my nursing terminology and my foster parent terminology mixed up. My social worker used to give me very strange looks when I talked about the MAR and care plan (Med log and Plan of Service in their terms). Now she's just used to me :) I have to be very conscious of not writing my med logs in nursing terms...they have no idea what q or PRN mean!

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when your husband tells you he's supposed to take a current meds list (or fax it) with him to the vascular specialist

he's just been referred to and you not only suggest faxing it but make the list for him. he looks at the list and asks

whether the nurse will know those "weird" words. words like "prn" and "bid" and "tid"... also "qd" "hs" just to name a few.

oh... she knew!

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When you're cleaning up a major code brown and wonder what's for lunch while your stomach's growling

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You're 4 year old knows all the bones in the body (while I was in A & P) and when he started kindergarten he was telling his class about skin assessments and care planning and medication administration, to the point that I got a phone call from his teacher about words she didn't understand

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you're 4 year old knows all the bones in the body (while i was in a & p) and when he started kindergarten he was telling his class about skin assessments and care planning and medication administration, to the point that i got a phone call from his teacher about words she didn't understand

lmao :rotfl:

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you beleive there is a special place in hell for the inventors of the press gainey survey and all er/ed nurses know what i am talking about.

nothing personal but don't get me started with the press ganey survey :argue:

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these were given to me by my several nurses where i work...

on your day off, you made sure that everyone follows the schedule at your household, plus your cell wallpaper has florence nightingale's image.

you don't get excited about blood loss ... unless it's your own.

you live by the motto, to be right is only half the battle, to convince the physician is more difficult.

you've basted your thanksgiving turkey with a toomey syringe.

you believe not all patients are annoying ... some are unconscious.

you believe every patient needs tlc: thorazine, lorazepam and compazine. :thankya:

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You know you are a NICU nurse when the scrawny little preemies,(you know the ones that look like naked baby birds) are cuter to you than the full term chubby cheek "normal" baby

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You know you are a nurse when you answer your own cell phone, "This is the nursery. I'm RNSC. How can I help you today?"

Its happened more times than I can count.:lol2:

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