10 funny signs I was destined to become a nurse

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As a kid, I never thought of being a nurse. It wasn’t until my mid-20s, after a degree in a totally unrelated field, that started thinking I might become a healthcare provider. Here were my clues that I was destined to be a nurse…what were yours?

10 funny signs I was destined to become a nurse

10. I had an obsession with really comfortable, supportive shoes.

9. Given the choice, I’d prefer to wear drawstring pajamas all day.

8. Blood doesn’t bother me. Neither does poop, or vomit, or smelly things. Phlegm does, though, so being a respiratory therapist was right out.

7. I’ve always gotten up before the sun; why not use that to my advantage by getting a job where I had to leave the house at oh-dear-thirty?

6. Germs don’t bother me in the least.

5. I’ve always been really good at translating complex technical terms into English without making the other person feel like an idiot.

4. Drawing blood and starting IVs turned out to be really cool.

3. My parents taught me to be endlessly patient while at the same time teaching me to stand my ground against bullies.

2. I don’t have to pee very often. I’m like a camel, but in a bladder-contents sort of way.

1. I was born with a third arm and eyes in the back of my head. What gets me strange looks when I walk down the street is an asset in the nursing world.

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Agatha Lellis

Agatha Lellis is a nurse whose coffee is brought to her every morning by a chipmunk. Bluebirds help her to dress, and small woodland creatures sing her to sleep each night. She writes a monthly advice column, "Ask Aunt Agatha," here on Scrubs; you can send her questions to be answered at askauntieaggie@gmail.com.

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13 Responses to 10 funny signs I was destined to become a nurse

  1. bunnylady55

    When I was seven, I was hospitalized for an inner ear infection for 28 days.
    Saved up all my gift money and bought a medical kit off the gift cart. I went around giving other patients nursing care and read them my Dick and Jane books.

  2. ddfields

    I always wanted to be a nurse. Even said so at kindergarten graduation. But i think my husband truly found out i was serious when i started following blood flow, pointing out and
    attempting to disect organs of the deer he had just gutted when we went hunting together.

  3. nursekatina

    Number 8 is me all day! And what I like to call “trachsmell” I have gone nuts trying to rid myself and everything I come into contact with of that God awful smell!

  4. Sonia Byars

    When I was 8 years old my dad had a screw that came loose and broke through the skin on his ankle and when we went to the doctor he let me “unscrew” it and I was on cloud nine! I carried that screw around in a jar for years

  5. Granny goose

    Sign I was destined to be a nurse-Delivered my own baby, alone at home, with only my 14 1/2 month old home with me! This was before 911 was available . You had only the “0” for operator. My husband was home in time to deliver the placenta.

  6. runningnurse

    As a young girl, I had an uncle with CF. I remember people with stethoscopes (on the RARE chance that we got to visit him, back in the day, NO kids were allowed to visit!) and a sign that said “AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY!”
    I soooo badly wanted a stethoscope and to be “authorized”.
    Guess, what. I’m authorized AND have a stethoscope. Not quite all it’s cracked up to be. But pretty OK.

  7. newnurse72

    Growing up in a small rural town in the country, my 5 year old self did not realize that women could be anything they wanted, so I once said to my mom, “I can’t grow up to be race car driver, and I don’t want to be a secretary, so I guess I will just have to be nurse.”

    When I was in high school, my horizons were broadened, and I wanted more than anything to be a Physiatrist. Thank God I got pregnant and dropped out of high school !

    But then one day, while talking to that baby, all grown up and trying to decide what she wanted study in college, I realized that I really, really did want to be nurse…. and here I am, loving the privilege of placing 2 little letters that mean so much behind my name… RN.

  8. shellybelly

    A sign that I was destined to be a nurse…..
    I simply like the depth to where it can take me on that human level. Whereas other jobs remain superficial and I’ve tried lots of different positions, I find nursing removes all boundaries between people. The sick are in a very vulnerable place, they are hurting physically and spiritually. I find it a privilege to help them, it makes life more meaninigful. I’m a firm believer that life is all about learning and growing and in nursing, well, we are confronted with deep and serious situations on a daily basis. Patients are tested and most importantly, we are tested to the max. Oh, what was the question? A sign that I was destined to be a nurse…..It moves me at a very personal level, its shown me a lot about the meaning of life and it leaves me feeling good about myself for the most part. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else really. I guess this is the sign showing me that I was destined to be a nurse.

    • ccziv

      I really love your comment. Having the experience of authentic human connection, when all of the baggage of class, race, age, gender, sexual orientation…., when all of that is stripped away and you are interacting on the most fundamentally human level, motivated by love (I think) has taught me more about being a decent human being, more about empathy, more about compassion, more about unconditional love than any other job in the universe possibly could have. And I am a better person for it. All of the exhausting work, the shit, blood, and tears were worth it.

  9. almamildredmandar

    I am destined to become a nurse because I’m an extension of my mother’s dream to become a nurse but destiny happened she marry before she finished her college studies…i vividly remember my childhood days she used to charge as my grandmother’s watcher whenever she was confined to a hospital that was how she trained me to become a nurse!

  10. miss_nurse_09

    I remember my dad coming home from the hospital after he had surgery and recovering from testicular cancer (I didn’t know what it was at the time, I just knew he couldn’t walk well) I helped him walk around, telling him “take it easy, don’t get excited.” I also remember using smarties candies as “pills” in medicine cups to play with my friends… I was afraid I wasn’t smart enough to be a nurse in my teenage years, but I found my boyfriend who is also a nurse, and the son of a nurse, who encouraged me to go to school, and I became an LVN working with pediatrics. Now it’s time to work on my RN.

  11. turtlenurse

    I was delivered by a nurse, I got there before the Dr did!! I was a premie, 3lbs 2 oz, stayed in the hospital so long the nurses named me! Patricia Jean, ( Patty ) and I’ve always wanted to be a nurse, (started as a ” candy Striper ” at 14,) and have been most my life!! Oh, both my kids are nurses!!