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You know you’re a Nurse when…

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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 should also take a look at; 9 Ways Nursing is NOTHING like on TV and 10 Facts about being a Student Nurse.

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.
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Adam Kay’s Letter to the Secretary of State for Health

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Adam Kay, a former Doctor, publishes an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health calling for him to walk a mile in the shoes of a junior doctor.

In his new book, ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor,’ the former obstetrics and gynaecology doctor writes candidly about his experiences as a junior doctor and the effect working in medicine has on both his personal and professional life.

In the open letter to The Secretary of State for Health, he said;

“Roger Fisher was a professor of law at Harvard University, who suggested back in 1981 that they should implant the American nuclear codes in the heart of a volunteer. If the President wanted to press the big red button and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people, then first he’d have to take a butcher’s knife and dig it out of the volunteer’s chest himself; so that he realizes what death actually means first-hand, and understands the implications of his actions. Because the President would never press the button if he had to do that.

“Similarly, you and your successor and their successors for ever more should have to work some shifts alongside junior doctors. Not the thing you already do, where a chief executive shows you round a brand-new ward that’s gleaming like a space station. No: palliate a cancer patient; watch a trauma victim have their leg amputated; deliver a dead baby. Because I defy any human being, even you, to know what the job really entails and question a single doctor’s motivation. If you knew, you would be applauding them, you’d be proud of them, you’d be humbled by them, and you’d be eternally grateful for everything they do.

“The way you treat junior doctors demonstrably doesn’t work. I strongly suggest you seek a second opinion.

If you’re interested in reading more, you can buy a copy of his book on Amazon or book tickets for his ongoing tour.

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The Junior Doctors Survival Guide written by Nurses

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Well done. Congratulations. You’ve survived medical school and made it ‘on to the shop floor’, this is where the real test begins.

Your first few weeks as a Junior Doctor are going to be difficult and jam-packed; a new hospital, new colleagues, new patients, and a new hospital system to figure out.

Here are ten tips that will stand you in good stead for your first day, week, month, year and beyond. This is your Junior Doctors Survival Guide as written by Nurses;

  • Respect the nurses. You can come to us for advice and guidance – we will have you back – but please don’t take us for granted. We have an abundance of knowledge about our patients, the hospital and how to make stuff happen.
  • Each member of the team is important. Doctors, nurses, porters, physiotherapists, domestics, estates, plumbers – the hospital simply couldn’t function without them.
  • Don’t be a smart arse. We know and understand you have worked hard through medical school and congratulations on becoming a Doctor, but now it’s time to get to work.
  • Have a sense of humor. Make sure your able to have a laugh and a joke but be careful not to cross the line.
  • Master cannulation. I don’t just mean know how to put a cannula in – develop the skill and master it – it will stand you in good stead for the future.
  • Eat and drink. The list of jobs is, and always will be, almost endless. Make sure you take your breaks; eat, drink and chat to your fellow colleagues.
  • Show emotion. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s going to be hard – medical school hasn’t prepared you for the first few months of life as a Doctor. If you’re having an especially tough day talk to someone about it. Don’t beat yourself up for having a little cry – it happens to the best of us.
  • Don’t just look at the numbers. We spend 12 hours a day with our patient, we will come to you when “something just isn’t right”, we don’t know what, we can’t put our finger on it. But, we know our patients.
  • Your first death is hard. Expected or not, nothing can prepare you for the death of your first patient. We have all been through this. See- show emotion and How to Deal with the Death of a patient
  • Tidy up after yourself. Nothing and I mean nothing, annoys the ward staff more than a Doctor who thinks the staff are there to clean up after them. Tidy away your sharps, notes and coffee cup.
  • Ask for help. Your seniors are there to support you – it’s literally their job. Don’t be afraid to escalate patients or situations to them and never put yourself in a situation where you have no backup.
  • Admit when you simply don’t know. Making up an answer to a question can have serious consequences. If you don’t know. Say, but find out.
  • Try to go home on time. Look through your list – find out what can wait until tomorrow. Your downtime and social life are important too (check out our list of NHS Discounts for downtime ideas). You work to live not live to work.
  • The hospital at night is scary. There are fewer doctors, nurses and seniors around to support you. Call for help early and escalate appropriately.

Remember, you are part of our team. Our job is to work together in the interests of patient care. We will try to look after you, make you tea when you’re sad and, rest assured, we will tell you when you’re being an idiot.

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