Being a nurse is unlike any other profession in the world. You will develop and hold traits that only other nurses will understand.
We though we should lighten the mood a little. So we put our heads together and created this fantastic list - purely for entertainment value. Don't forget to share your favourite “you know you’re a nurse when…” on the comment section below.
You know you're a Nurse when...
- You are never quite sure what day or date it is. The night shift started on Sunday the 21st but it's now Monday the 22nd or is it Tuesday?
- You clean your house with Chlor-clean. Oh, the deliciously clean smell of a hospital.
- Either LOVE or HATE television programs about hospitals and nursing. Why isn't nursing anything like Holby City or Scrubs?
- You can talk about bodily fluids and still eat. It might gross other people out but nurses have an iron gut.
- You can drink a litre of coffee and still sleep. It doesn't matter what time of day it is, coffee is always a good idea.
- You sometimes forget some of your friends are not healthcare professionals. You talk about the norovirus outbreak, diabetics leg ulcer or infected wound like its normal.
- You hear familiar sounds in your sleep. Wait. Why can I hear the IV pump or patient call buzzer at home?!
- You judge people by their veins. I could EASILY get an orange cannula in there.
- You have the Bristol Stool Chart on the bathroom wall. Good gastrointestinal health is the key to a healthy life.
- Everyone tells you about their ailments. Your family, friends and even the people on the bus come to you for advise.
- You know what a 'Code Brown' is. It's a healthcare secret.
- You have shoes you won't wear at home. You know exactly where they have been.
- You've seen people at their worst. It doesn't change your opinion of them - life has highs and lows.
- You have pockets full off... It could be anything; gloves, enemas.
- You can't remember when you list celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day. You get creative with holidays.
- You love your job but hate the politics. You want to provide the best care for your patients but need to wade through the red tape.