There are certain professions that just seem to fly under the radar but the people that are involved in them are nothing less than superheroes. It includes some very high-stress careers, such as nursing. Many of the people who are in the nursing profession are worked too hard, paid too little and they don’t often get the credit that they deserve for what they do. They are physically and verbally abused by the same people that they try to help on a day by day basis.
In addition, nursing is a job that calls for a lot of confidentiality on the part of those who take part in it. At times, things may happen behind the scenes that nobody should ever know about. We sometimes get to hear about them, but for the most part, they are best left unsaid.
Thanks to a website called Whisper, however, we now get to take a look behind the scenes of people around the world who can contribute secrets anonymously. It seems as if a lot of nurses go to that website to unload some of the experiences they have on the job. Some of those experiences are funny but they are all unique and worth reading:
1. “I’m a nurse. One of my critical patients was worried about his dog and the fact that he didn’t have any family. I promised to go get his dog. He passed away. I still have his dog.”
This nurse did more than just take care of the patient, they also looked after his beloved animal and continue to do so down to this day. That is service above and beyond.
2. I got ‘Nurse of the Month’… None of my co-workers know I rush home to smoke pot after work.
Some people will be upset over this but let’s face it, she may have needed to relax a little bit and she just did earn the title of ‘Nurse of the Month’. That being said, the job does call for a little discrimination.
3. I’m a labor and delivery nurse, and while I may seem strong when I’m with you, I will always sob hysterically in my car after my shift when I have a patient that loses a baby.
This is something that many of us don’t really consider, the fact that doctors and nurses are also humans with feelings and emotions. They may seem as if they are rock-solid but they get upset just like the rest of us.
4. My first night as an Emergency Room nurse involved fighting to save my best friend’s life. When I said best friends forever, I meant it.
We sometimes forget that nurses are there when their friends and family members come into the hospital. That would be a lot of responsibility to carry on your shoulders.
5. So I got “married” today. To an 8-year-old leukemia patient that died 3 hours later. She died happy, at least. Sometimes that’s the best a nurse can hope for.
Sometimes, the last person a patient will see is the nurse and that interaction is very important to them, up till the very end.
6. I once pretended to miss a patient’s vein so I could stick them 3 times due to their bad attitude.
I guess I’ll be nice to all of the nurses from now on. I’ll also be nice to my waiter and waitress for similar reasons.
7. Being a nurse has made me hate people. I just saved my other patient’s life during a code but sure, keep yelling at me for forgetting your ice cream. That’s obviously more important.
It’s not difficult to see the frustration that these people have to go through on a daily basis.
8. Yes, we gossip about your private parts.
I always knew this was the case but at least we have confirmation now.
9. I have never believed in God. But when a patient loses all hope, I don’t hesitate to hold their hand and pray with them.
Sometimes you need to look beyond the differences.
10. I’m a nurse. Last night I hooked up with a random guy at a bar. The condom broke, and I didn’t think much of it. Today, I checked him in as a patient for having an STD. Great.
Maybe you would have wanted to think that one through a little more.
11. Now that I’m a nurse I look at men and think, “Wow. He has beautiful veins.”
I guess we all have our quirks.
12. Nothing upsets me more than the term “murse.” Yes, I’m a man. Yes, I’m a nurse. Get over it, because I’m going to be your nurse. We’re all equal.
Perhaps it’s time that we put this one to bed for good.
13. I hate how people always say my tattoos and gauges are unprofessional. It’s not like they make me work less hard to save your life.
Like it’s any of your business anyhow.
14. I’m a surgeon, and after a good save, the nurses and I have dance parties in the OR for our 3 minutes of celebration.
I’m in love with this idea.
15. My bosses say we nurses shouldn’t get emotionally attached to the kids we work with, but I think that’s a pile of horse sh*t. I love every single one of them.
It’s like asking you not to be human.