10 things only a nurse would say


6. Hunting through the junk drawer in the kitchen: “Honey, have you seen my needle drivers?”

7. Before leaving for a destination 10 minutes away: “We only have an hour and 45 minutes to get there! Don’t want to be late!”

8. As an explanation for the look on his or her face: “Isolation. Eight hundred pounds. C-diff.”

9. Surveying the leftovers on the break room table: “It’s only 16 hours old. I’m sure it’s fine.”

10. And finally, to any medical student, nursing student, or new resident: “Watch, my child, and learn.”

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

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