I Am a Nurse

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 342 People

    Alright so some nurses don't know how to

    properly assess a patient. After patient in hospital with scabs charted all over body, not one looked into it, the lady has scabies! How dumb/lazy can you be.
    submissivenurse submissivenurse
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Aug 29, 2015

    I'm noticing a trend.

    A lot of people are Bitching and concentrating on the negatives of our chosen career. So how about instead we share why we love what we do instead? I'll go first. I love that wwhen I am at work, and I'm dealing with someone who has dementia. They don't know why they are...
    kbetweens kbetweens
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Dec 17, 2013

    A Nurse's Prayer

    Lord, Help Me, Lord, please help me bring... Comfort, where there is pain, Courage, where there is fear, Hope where there is despair, Acceptance, when the End is near, and a touch that is Gentle with Tenderness, Patience and Love...Amen I have no idea who wrote this. It was...
    JennaR JennaR
    51-55, F
    1 Response Aug 15, 2012

    You Know You Are a Nurse If...

    You believe every patient needs TLC: Thorazine, Lorazapam, and Compazine You've ever thought, 'Patients, God love 'em, because today, I sure don't!' You've ever been telling work stories in a restaurant and had someone at another table throw-up. You believe all bleeding...
    Candita Candita
    22-25, F
    16 Responses Jul 15, 2007

    I feel bad saying this

    but sometimes I just want to smack patients and their relatives who treat us like crap and keep demanding silly things like they're in the presidential suite of a hotel or something. I know, I know, this is part of the job. I just wish they understand how hard nurse try their...
    IAmDaenerysTargaryen IAmDaenerysTargaryen
    26-30, F
    Nov 29, 2015

    This Is Why I Couldn'T Be A Lesbian...

    So I was prepping a lady for gyn surgery and I had to remove the packing that was in her vagina. This required me to stick my fingers in her who-ha. I kind of felt like I was raping her. I don't know how guys do it! Eww...
    Netabell Netabell
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Oct 1, 2013

    I have been a nurse for 7 years.

    I have experience in geriatric and pediatric nursing. I am taking a break from nursing to be a full time stay at home mom to our 2 young children who were both born prematurely, and who are often sick.
    jencrock jencrock
    31-35, F
    Mar 18, 2014

    I am a nurse and not a day goes by

    where I feel like my work day has gone to waste. That's a big deal.
    nurseling nurseling
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Feb 4, 2015

    I am not a nurse, but have

    so much respect for them..I had a strr in 2010 and have metthe most incredible nurses in my trauma. Thank you more than I could ever say.
    mrsrshaw mrsrshaw
    46-50, F
    Jul 21, 2015

    Body Fluid

    I don't get grossed out very easily. I am pretty sure I have had every kind of body fluid that is not mine on my body. Best experience: almost done a 12 hour shift and we are waking the patient up from an I & D of a peri rectal abscess. Putting the patients legs down from the...
    Netabell Netabell
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Aug 28, 2013

    When I was young, I felt

    that my existence was not that important. I was the least favorite among family members, and just a perfect nobody when I was at school. But when I studied nursing, graduated from it and got my license, I finally felt that, at last I have this identity...that I am a Nurse. So I...
    nbsbgal nbsbgal
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 30, 2015

    I have an associates

    and all my co-workers have a BSN. Sometimes it makes me feel as though I'm not good enough. I paid for my degree without a single loan. I made small payments of 20 dollars here and there towards my tuition every time I went to class. Nothing was borrowed and everything was paid...
    girlygirlyNurse girlygirlyNurse
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Dec 13, 2013

    You never know what is going to happen on a

    Friday afternoon. Had two calls at the GI clinic from women with "an emergency situation." I have never had to use 2012 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 937 ever before yet alone twice in one day. Obviously the full moon has something to do with it. Time to go home!
    Marcette88 Marcette88
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Aug 28, 2015

    It's been a really long weekend working at the

    hospital been pulling over time. I'm so tired today and we lost a nurse to back injury so now we're working short. Sometimes being a nurse can take a toll but there are a few patients and staff members who make it tolerable..
    lilnurse lilnurse
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jan 4, 2015

    Nursing Home

    I'll never again work in a nursing home as an LPN. I got along better with my patients than I did with my coworkers. All they did was talk crap about patients, other nurses and nurse aides. Why create so much drama with all the other stuff going on? At the time some of the staff...
    Mrkool Mrkool
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Sep 8, 2008

    They may be Gods in their own minds,

    but some of them cannot be trained. It is bad enough that on the Med-Surg Unit where I work we are often short staffed (seems like that is more the norm today), but why in addition to being a nurse do I have to be Tech Support for MD’s? I swear, I don’t know how some of...
    Marcette88 Marcette88
    31-35, F
    Jan 25, 2015

    Hi fellow helpers! I found another discount code

    for those who need continuing education credits. I know they're usually not cheap! It's for CE4LESS.com. I'm needing to renew my license but I have to catch up on credits too! http://ce4less.com/Discount.aspx?code=AF132936 Keep doing the great work that you all do!
    love2helpu love2helpu
    36-40, M
    Apr 27, 2015

    I have witnessed too many deaths in my entire

    nursing experience and never did I witness a neonatal death because of shoulder dystocia. A soon-to-be mother of two was mounted on the delivery table. She was bearing down for almost an hour and the nurses are encouraging to push more because the baby’s head is already half...
    callmegee callmegee
    26-30, F
    Nov 22, 2014

    I am feeling so great today

    because I received a letter from the chief nursing officer telling me how great a nurse I am and she's glad im on the nursing team makes me feel totally awesome.
    deleted deleted
    May 3, 2015

    Today I had a very sick patient he was

    basically septic with Pneumonia, he asked me if he was going to die and I said no I would do everything I could to make him better, he than said he had no family left, I made him my top priority until I transfer him to the unit.
    submissivenurse submissivenurse
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 20, 2015

    To Truly Love Being A Nurse

    To love what you do and feel that it matters--how could anything be more fun? --Katharine Graham
    ANRN90 ANRN90
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jun 28, 2013

    After graduating from high school,

    at the top of my class, I enrolled in the fall in a local junior college. Within two years, I completed my nursing degree and was a certified licensed practical nurse (LPN) at a local hospital. That fall, I enrolled into the nursing program at a near by university to complete...
    floridamomtobeach floridamomtobeach
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Dec 28, 2013

    I've been a nurse for the past 11 years.

    I work in the emergency room of a large hospital. Long hours, stressful days and nights, but I love it. I work well under pressure, which helps, but still I have my "burn out" days. I'm thinking I may switch departments, or seek out a slower pace such as a physician's office or...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Apr 21, 2014

    Four Proven Cancer Cures!

    I've been a nurse for twenty-two years.  I spent the first year in awe of physicians.  I spent the remainder of my nursing years in awe of the PATIENT.   I've seen many die that were supposed to live and MANY live that were supposed to die.  For years I believed in the GREAT...
    msinglady msinglady
    4 Responses Apr 22, 2012

    Okay so I've been working this floor in the

    hospital ten years and I am a LPN months away from my degree as a RN and I feel like I'm getting targeted for everything at my job, I have no way to defend myself not like they'd listen and I got complained from a family that wasn't there that day, it's a mess I feel like I'm...
    submissivenurse submissivenurse
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Jan 21, 2016

    So the union is having all the RN"s at my job

    strike, there will be a picket monday, patient's care will suffer and the company wont, why??
    submissivenurse submissivenurse
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 22, 2015

    Just another day at the office… First

    patient arrives for colonoscopy and states that he didn’t drink the prep because it gives him diarrhea. Second patient arrives for endoscopy and states that she didn’t eat breakfast, just a bowl of cereal this morning. Third patient didn’t show up because they through...
    Marcette88 Marcette88
    31-35, F
    12 Responses Aug 12, 2015

    I work in outpatient surgery

    and it just blows my mind how many mama's boys there are. Seriously, does your mother really need to hold your hand while you have an IV put in? I have seen mother's fly in from out of state to take care of their "little boy" (based on the chart "little" is about 30-50 something...
    girlygirlyNurse girlygirlyNurse
    31-35, F
    1 Response Dec 13, 2013

    When I tell people I'm a nurse,

    the comments from guys (I.e. "I bet you look sexy in that outfit." or "I can imagine you in that sexy dress and high heels.") gets pretty old. I don't mind compliments. But I take my job seriously. And I've seen death more times than I can count. I think I'd rather much be...
    HeyyMrsCarter HeyyMrsCarter
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Apr 12, 2015

    Wow, I've never been this tired in my entire

    life. Our unit is lacking of man power so basically most of us are mandated to do overtime which is very exhausting. And they don't inform you ahead of time and it usually happens at the end of the shift. You have no choice but to go on overtime because it's a must. Sigh. This...
    sillyliz777 sillyliz777
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 25, 2014

    I found this site because i'm having trouble

    sleeping at night after 4 graveyard shifts. I practically spent my whole day napping, day dreaming, relaxing, and feeling awake at inappropriate times. I've been a nurse for 6 years now and this has been an ongoing problem but i can't help whining about it again and this is the...
    1crowdedhour 1crowdedhour
    31-35, M
    Sep 11, 2014

    I am a Nurse because I want to help those

    who are sick, take care of them and give them the comfort that they need - but the question is still unanswered. Yes, it can be the reason but the answer goes way deeper than that. Why am I a Nurse? I'm scared of hospitals, bloods, and doctors, but how ironic it is that I...
    callmegee callmegee
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 9, 2014

    I became a nurse in 2011

    and it is honestly the best thing that I have ever done. I love having the satisfaction of helping people everyday. Knowing that people look to me to make them feel better and have a better quality of life is such an amazing feeling. I am a nurse & I am proud.
    nursinggirl08 nursinggirl08
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 27, 2013

    Cardiac Nurse

    I began nursing school after a close friend told me I needed to move on. At that time I was working as a CNA in a hospital. I beagn school on Janurary 2004. After I graduated in December of the same year. I started working as a cardiac nurse. I really enjoy taking care of my...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Oct 16, 2013

    I will be a registered nurse in 4 years!

    I am also modified and a teen mom :)
    ModifiedMamaofTwo ModifiedMamaofTwo
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 10, 2015

    I am indeed a nurse and really proud of it

    actually. I am a paediatric nurse and love what that entails. I have worked on a children's ward and found the time there very rewarding. Something about seeing an ill child recover and knowing I have played a part in that recovery fills me with pride. Unfortunately as much as...
    mangomonkey mangomonkey
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Mar 7, 2014

    I use to perform urodynamics testing on females,

    I did it for seven year. I could probably do that test in sleep. Being a urodynamics nurse help me learn to keep a stoic face no matter what body fluid flew at you- but the absolute worse is when a woman has her feet in the stir-ups and she smells! I mean her feet smell and her...
    girlygirlyNurse girlygirlyNurse
    31-35, F
    1 Response Dec 14, 2013

    I want to be a nurse

    but I can't do math in head any ideal what to do or what do you guys do ? I really need advice ??
    kellner27 kellner27
    18-21, F
    Mar 26, 2016

    Time to vent a bit… People,

    if you want to get better or find out what is making you ill it REALLY helps if you follow directions!. I work part time at a gastroenterology practice to help pay off my student loans and there isn’t a week that goes by that someone thinks they know better and does not...
    Marcette88 Marcette88
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Jan 10, 2015

    I PASSED!! No more student status!

    ! I made it!! So happy right now, and not ashamed to say that I'm feeling pretty proud!!
    neveragoodusername neveragoodusername
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Feb 12, 2015

    I had a patient that I took care of

    for awhile, he was end stage copd such a sweet man almost made me cry when he hugged me today when going home with hospice to spend his final days.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Mar 24, 2015

    An Er Nurse's Rant For The Day

    I've been a Registered Nurse for the past 3 years, an ER staff nurse for the past 2. I love my job... on most days. When I was a student, I loved taking care of critical patients in ICU and those in the Palliative Ward: those patients who required long term care. Now 2 years in...
    Magneshium Magneshium
    26-30, F
    1 Response Aug 14, 2012
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