No one knows what goes in a hospital more than the nurses. They are the only people that are really clued up on what goes on in the wards, beds, rooms and halls of a hospital. They are the cogs that keep things turning, they eyes that see everything and the ears that hear everything, which is why we went and spoke to a handful of them to get their take on what nurse life is really like and what truths they wish they could share.
- The Second Opinion
When a nurse tells you that you have the right to a second opinion, it does not mean that they think your primary contact is incompetent when it comes to doing their job. However, it can be code for them not having the best working relationship with them or even the best personal relationship.
- Lying About Your Pain
Nurses are not only everywhere, they are also extremely perceptive. It is their job. So, if you are giddily texting that boy you crush on or laughing as you speak to your friends right up to the moment you spot us walking into your room then we are not going to believe your pain is a nine out of ten. No way. Don’t lie, it only works against you.
- Red Tape Is Never-Ending
Every day we are on duty, we are required to spend hours and hours of our time jumping through hoops and navigating the bureaucracy. We have to check box after box and fill in form after form. Why? Because “if it wasn’t chartered then it didn’t happen.”
- We Develop Bonds With Patients
You are not supposed to develop bonds beyond caring for your patients within the walls of the hospital, but we are only human and so when you are caring for a patient and seeing what they and their family are going through you really start to care. Some of us check Afterlife.co regularly to make sure the worst hasn’t happened – offering our deepest sympathies if it has – while other just wonder what has happened.
- Shoes Stay Outside
When we get home from our shift, we take our shoes off before we walk into our homes. This is because, despite our best efforts, not every germ can be eliminated by drugs. We know this, which is why we are extra careful about what we take home with us.
- Please Don’t Insult Us
We choose to go to nursing school because we wanted to be nurses because we wanted to have the most hands-on role in healthcare possible. We’re not nurses because we failed to make it as a doctor, so please don’t insult our intelligence by saying something like, “you’re way too intelligent to be a nurse”.
- Grey’s Anatomy Is Funny
Most of the things doctors do on that show are things that nurses do in real life. About ninety percent. The things that make us laugh most of all, however, is the idea that nurses have time to sit around in patient’s rooms and natter. It is full-on all the time.