What’s your nurse curse?
Medical knowledge can give you the edge when it comes to your family’s health. It can also be a curse—in more ways than one. Relatives call for a second opinion after seeing their doctors. Friends want free medical advice. Strangers, upon learning your profession, give TMI.
Sometimes the curse is your own knowledge. Of course, having too little knowledge is dangerous…consider the patients who Google their disease and come up with crazy diagnoses. But having too much knowledge can be just as scary.
Seasoned Nurse Rebekah Child blogs:
“I remember one of our truly seasoned nurses (20 plus years!) was taking care of a child who had fallen off the swing set. Mom brought the child in and they CT’d the kid and it turned out he had a head bleed.
“This RN was standing at the nurse’s station with a look of horror. I asked her what was wrong, surely, surely, this wasn’t her first child with a head bleed?
‘No’ she said ‘The same exact thing happened to my daughter two days ago and I didn’t bring her to the hospital.'”
Student Nurse Megan Gilbert sometimes wishes that she didn’t know all that can go wrong in the hospital, anesthesia, and surgery, especially when it’s her own special needs son who is undergoing treatment:
“I constantly am watching our doctors and nurses like a hawk…..are they washing their hands? I can’t help but putting everyone under a microscope. I have to say, I keep quiet about it…I am not rude and always let the staff do their jobs and constantly thank them for their care. I just am fearful of someone neglecting or cutting corners…after all, we all know hospitals are the best places to acquire infections!!”
Registered Nurse Sean Dent, on the other hand, gets frustrated by the medical queries from his ‘non-medical’ friends and family:
“Fraught with good intentions and a need-to-know mentality, I somehow get ‘consulted’ to answer the ‘why’ questions for the medically and physically unexplainable signs and symptoms that family or friends experience. I don’t know if I should feel blessed or cursed sometimes. I am of course not a doctor, nor do I play one on television. I cannot offer medical advice. It’s not only dangerous but extremely illegal.”
So, what’s your nurse curse story?