I know what some of you are thinking…farm blog and nurses week how does that go together? Well this is a farm & family blog and I consider the people I work with to be part of the family. Considering that John and I are both nurses along with many of my very best friends I thought what the heck I’ll torture some of my co-workers today and bring my camera in to work and write a quick blip tonight. They look quite distraught don’t they? I announced a photo shot at 2pm. A couple of my co-workers were whining, yes I am talking about you Elaine, but before you know it we had at least half the ER crew posing and having a good ole’ time! I work in 3 different ER’s and oh yeah 1 college health center, all per diem working 20-36 hours per week depending on what I might be scheming to buy next. Some think I’m nuts but I think I am just ADD, self diagnosed, actually it just fits my personality. I love to float around and have great fun with my co-workers. I have tried working in other areas in nursing such as critical care and college health but I have always returned to the ED, I guess it is my passion… adrenaline junkie some might say. The people I work with are an amazing bunch! Working in the ED can be very stress full and we take things seriously but on our down times we love to have a little fun…how else could we survive? Here’s a couple funnies for all you nurses, cheers to us! 🙂
“You Might Be a Nurse If…”
*You can drink a pot of coffee and still go to sleep in the morning.
*You believe every patient needs TLC: Thorazine, Lorazapam, and Compazine.
*Your sense of humor seems to get more warped each year.
*You think it is acceptable to use “penis” and “vagina” in a normal conversation.
*You believe the definition of stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you haven´t fallen asleep yet.
*You believe that if warm wine enemas were routinely ordered, patient complaints would greatly decrease.
*You hope there´s a special place in Hell for the inventor of the call light.
*You see stress as a normal way of life.
*You have a tendency to laugh at your patient´s “big” problems.
*You believe the problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
*Everything only happens all at once.
*You´ve ever been telling work stories in a restaurant and had someone at another table throw-up.
*You notice that you use more four-letter words now than before you became a nurse.
*You believe all bleeding stops…eventually.
*You don´t get excited about blood loss unless it´s your own.
*You don´t hit patients or doctors….unless absolutely necessary.
*You refer to motorcyclists as organ donors.
*You believe Tylenol, Advil, or Excedrin provides a large part of your daily calorie intake requirements.
*You´ve ever held a 14-gauge needle over someone´s vein and said, “Now your going to feel a little stick.”
*You can identify the “PID Shuffle” and the “Kidney Stone Squirm” at 15 feet.
*You´ve ever had a patient with a nose ring, a brow ring and twelve earrings say, “I´m afraid of shots.”
*You think the ultimate cruel joke is get someone drunk, take them to the ER and tell them he OD´d on “some kind of pills.”
*You automatically multiply by three the number of drinks a patient claims to have daily.
*You can keep a straight face when a patient responds, “Just two beers.”
*You stare at someone in utter disbelief when they actually cover their mouth to cough.
*You have encouraged obnoxious patients to sign out AMA.
*You believe the government should require a permit to reproduce.
*Your most common assessment question at 2 a.m. is “Why is this an emergency now?”
*You don´t believe 90% of what you´re told, and 75% of what you see.
*You´ve ever had a patient look you dead in the eye and say, “I don´t know how that got stuck in there.”