10 ways to spot a nursing student

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You can spot me from a mile a way. All in white. Standing tall and proud with my stethoscope strategically draped behind my neck.

Oh yeah, I’m a professional…can’t you tell? Just feast your eyes on my fancy clipboard. I know, you wish you had one, too. Nope, gotta be part of my club. Only the very elite get to be part of this club. Watch out, future nurse coming through!

I stop sometimes and think how ridiculous I may look to people. I remember rolling my eyes when my younger sister was in nursing school….I thought she was nuts.

Well, here I am some few years later. I am doing the same exact things that I thought were hilarious back then. Sometimes I feel like I have learned so much, other days I know I haven’t even learned a fraction of what it takes to become a nurse.

Top Ten Reasons Why I Know I Am A Nursing Student:

1) I am constantly diagnosing people.

2) I think I have certain diseases we are learning about in school.

3) I get excited over putting in Foleys!

4) I am constantly using medical jargon whether it is necessary or not.

5) I am using proper aseptic technique just to apply a band-aid to a cut on my finger.

6) I feel the need to whip out my stethoscope when my kids have a cough.

7) I have more books than I do shoes.

8) I think it is so fun to flush a saline lock!!

9) I don’t have a social life anymore.

10) I am guilty of practicing writing my name Megan Gilbert, RN :)

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Megan Gilbert

My name is Megan Gilbert. I am a 29-year-old third year nursing student at Purdue University Calumet. I have been married to my wonderful husband Scott for eight years and we have two beautiful boys; Reece and Mason. We currently reside in Northwest Indiana in the town of Schererville, which is about 40 minutes outside of Chicago. I love spending quality time with my family and l also enjoy singing with my local church. In addition, one of my favorite things to do in my down-time is blog and read blogs.

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14 Responses to 10 ways to spot a nursing student

  1. Oh, woops, you mean this is not normal behavior for someone NOT in nursing school? Damn. I knew something about me was a little off.

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  3. joy

    Becoming obsessive compulsive about washing hands- even carrying antiseptic wipes to swab push -doors at local shopping center…this is going a bit too far!

  4. Victor

    I used to stand in front of my mirror and try to decide which side the diaphragm of my stethoscope should be on. I also used to practice writing my first initial, last name and RN! I also still enjoy a good IV flush.

  5. Jaunine Nelson

    I don’t have a social life anymore, I have lost a lot of friends along the way, I constantly wash my hands, and using hand sanitizer…not to mention I won’t touch doors anymore without a paper towel….hehehe hahahaha!

  6. Abby

    The school I go to is primarily a technology college. It also has a school of professional studies. In the building that my classes are in, there are various health majors. I am of the opinion that there is something (i don’t know if it’s mannerisms, mode of dress, or something else) that allows me to differentiate what a student’s major is. This goes so far, that when I was an unclassified health student, and I was required to attend orientations for all of the health majors in the college, I was already able to tell what a student’s intended career was. The funny thing is that most of the time I’m right. I guess each field is just a breed of it’s own

  7. wcollins0043

    I’ve went to the store and walked past people think I could start an IV on him/her..

  8. Jenny86

    I’m a year out of school and I still look at veins when shaking hands with people, I am constantly pulling out am stethoscope when anyone around me coughs and my favorite is getting calls from family and friends wondering if they should go to the doctor for whatever is wrong with them I get the full Hx including family hx without prompting. I never really wanted to hear about my family’s sequel history but I have lol

  9. billymayhem

    I got to de-access and re-acess a chemo port at the end of this semester and haven’t stopped talking about it since. I love a good saline flush too, but setting up a piggyback is still #1. Stay strong students, the fun never ends!

  10. moughton0917@gmail.com

    Number 11. Deer in the headlight gaze when walking into a unit.

  11. Jenny Shatto

    A nursing student loves to start ivs on anyone and anything. A nursing student wants to watch the md i&d that nasty abscess. The nursing student is all too happy to help with mundane tasks. I love having a nursing student…they are so eager to work!

  12. Machelle Marlatt

    I get excited. Looking for veins in the arm of any passerby at the mall.

  13. Mama Bear

    As my hubby is good looking instead of rich, I am continuing to be actively employed in a field I love. Any time I changed departments, there were a new set of skills to learn, and in that respect, aren’t we all students for our whole careers? If you aren’t still learning, you get stale!

  14. Nurse420

    I was easy to spot, dress, white pantyhose, nursing shoes (all white) and a nursing hat..