After seeing our New Nurse blogger’s blog, “You know you’re a pediatric nurse when”, I got to thinking about what makes us student nurses stand out from the crowd.
The good, the bad and everything in between, you know you’re a student nurse when:
- You’re walking around looking like a marshmallow in your stiff, unstructured, stark-white scrubs.
- You are more excited about drawing blood than all the vampires in Twilight put together.
- Prepping an IV piggyback is fun.
- You’re more excited about giving shots than you are taking shots, and your non-nursing friends don’t get it…
- People look at you weird when you throw medical terms into your daily conversations.
- You’re banned from talking about your day at the dinner table because you’re family gets grossed out (see Nursing student table etiquette).
- Getting to wear colorful scrubs for the first time is the highlight of your year!
- You check on your patient every 20 minutes with “How are you feeling now?” and “Is there anything else I can get you?” until they’re almost sick of you.
- You perform physical assessments on your family: listening to lung sounds at every cough, bowel sounds with an upset stomach, and every time someone has an ache you ask them to rate it on a scale from 1-10.
- Consequently, you’ve become the “resident nurse” at home and you’re now expected to be able to answer questions about mystery diagnoses and know how to treat every ache and pain.
- You volunteer to clean up and bandage your niece/nephew’s boo-boos and owies.
- You try to diagnose all kinds of symptomatology based on the chapter you just read – and you think you’re coming down with every disease in the book, including the mental illnesses.
- Sadly, every time there’s a code-blue, even though you’re really scared and anxious, there’s still a small part of you that is excited to see what happens.
- You try to convince your friends to go into nursing.
- The night before clinical you’re so anxious you can’t get a decent night’s sleep, and until you’re 2 hours into your shift your stomach is in knots.
- You can take a morning break, but you don’t want to because you might miss out on some big experience.
- You’ve become a professional vital-sign-taker (even if you constantly check to make sure their within normal limits!).
- And a professional accu-checker.
- You watch Grey’s Anatomy and Nurse Jackie and comment through the whole thing about how that would NEVER happen in real life.
- You vent to your family about how overwhelmed you feel with all the papers due and tests to study for, but for some reason, you wouldn’t trade it for any other career out there.
And…of course…you know you’re a student nurse when you’re proud to become a part of such an amazing, compassionate, and fulfilling profession.
Can you think of any more? Add your own to the comments section!