Thursday, December 16, 2004
A Student Nurse throws up when the patient does.
An experienced nurse calls housekeeping when a patient throws up

A Student Nurse wears so many pins on their name badge you can't read it.
An experienced nurse doesn't wear a name badge for liability reasons

A Student Nurse charts too much.
An experienced nurse doesn't chart enough.

A Student Nurse loves to run to codes.
An experienced nurse makes graduate nurses run to codes.

A Student Nurse wants everyone to know they are a nurse.
An experienced nurse doesn't want anyone to know they are a nurse.

A Student Nurse keeps detailed notes on a pad.
An experienced nurse writes on the back of their hand, paper scraps, napkins, etc.

A Student Nurse will spend all day trying to reorient a patient.
An experienced nurse will chart the patient is disoriented and restrain them.

A Student Nurse can hear a beeping I-med at 50 yards.
An experienced nurse can't hear any alarms at any distance.

A Student Nurse loves to hear abnormal heart and breath sounds.
An experienced nurse doesn't want to know about them unless the patient is symptomatic.

A Student Nurse spends 2 hours giving a patient a bath.
An experienced nurse lets the CNA give the patient a bath.

A Student Nurse thinks people respect Nurses.
An experienced nurse knows everybody blames everything on the nurse.

A Student Nurse looks for blood on a bandage hoping they will get to change it.
An experienced nurse knows a little blood never hurt anybody.

A Student Nurse looks for a chance "to work with the family."
An experienced nurse avoids the family.

A Student Nurse expects meds and supplies to be delivered on time.
An experienced nurse expects them to never be delivered at all.

A Student Nurse will spend days bladder training an incontinent patient.
An experienced nurse will insert a Foley catheter.

A Student Nurse always answers their phone.
An experienced nurse checks their caller ID before answering the phone.

A Student Nurse thinks psych patients are interesting.
An experienced nurse thinks psych patients are crazy.

A Student Nurse carries reference books in their bag.
An experienced nurse carries magazines, lunch, and some "cough syrup" in their bag.

A Student Nurse doesn't find this funny.
An experienced nurse does
Posted by HypnoKitten at 6:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:59 PM  

Heh. I've seen this in other places. Still think it's good.

As a tech, I think I'm a combination of both. I love codes(isn't that sick?) but I am all about the foleys...


Anonymous Tatiana, at 12:35 AM  

LOL. I've been out a year. I still love codes (I guess that's why I love ICU). But I'm all about most of the other stuff (including avoiding the family).

Blogger HypnoKitten, at 12:22 AM  

The first step is admitting that you're an adrenaline junkie... ;) lol

Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:20 AM  

I'm a "mature" student nurse, but I didn't know I was thinking like an experienced nurse.

Anonymous Anneliese, at 10:52 PM  

I am a nursing student... and I laughed out loud! Thanks, I needed that!

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