You know you’re a Nurse when…

Being a nurse is unlike any other profession in the world. You will develop and hold traits that only other nurses […]

Clare Bodell
15 February 2017

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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