14 pieces of advice for a new nurse

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1. Always have an extra pair of scrubs in your locker.

2. Rubbing alcohol will get almost any odor out of fabric. Shaving cream will get almost any odor off of skin.

3. There is no getting tincture of Benzoin off of anything.

4. If the post-op nurse turns a patient over to you with the assurance that he will be “easy-peasey,” disaster lurks around the corner.

5. The proper response to your digital thermometer reading “HI” is not “Heeeeeyyyy!”

6. Blood is not the worst thing that can get on your scrubs.

7. The amount of poop a patient produces is inversely proportional to her level of consciousness.

8. Fire, code or disaster drills will never happen in the middle of a calm day.

9. The number of obscure drug allergies a patient has is inversely proportional to his grasp on reality.

10. Little old ladies in no acute distress are much stronger than you imagine. Be careful.

11. If it can be torn off, braided into knots, knocked over, pulled out, wrapped around something vital or otherwise jacked up, a sedated patient with a severe head injury will do it.

12. If your lunch is particularly delicious, you will have no chance to eat it.

13. Caffeine is a food group of its own.

14. And finally, the number one rule of nursing that I want to share with every new nurse:

If you have to jack with it, it’s wrong. Anything that requires immense amounts of skull sweat to figure out is wrong somewhere. Back off, get a second opinion and for God’s sake stop messing with it. The longer you fool with it, whatever it is (drug calculation, foot pump or IV bolus), the more messed up it’ll get. Stop immediately and figure out where it’s wrong, then proceed.

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14 Responses to 14 pieces of advice for a new nurse

  1. Sandy Grambow

    Crisco shortening will remove Betadine. Take a glob of Crisco and put onto stain. Wash as usual and the stain is gone!

  2. jas

    As a former dry cleaning worker, I know hair spray will wash out any stain with a protein base. (blood, ink, etc.) place the garment on a fluffy towel like surface, rub it in loosely, then washing

  3. RuralRN

    What exactly does “Jack with it” mean?

    • Granny RN RN

      Mess with it, Screw around with it, get out the PLIERS, etc.

  4. always expect the worse when a day starts very slow. It never fails.

    • Granny RN RN

      The Art of Charge Nursing: Preparing yourself and your unit for everything to suddenly go to hell and being pleasantly surprised when it doesn’t.

  5. Granny RN RN

    AMEN to # 11…

  6. jburdine1956

    I’ve been nursing(LPN and RN) over 30 years and there are so many more I can add, but most would not be appropriate for publication.

  7. msparky

    Preventing stains from setting is simple: never use hot or warm water, always cold or better yet, club soda. Salt water will help dilute blood and more importantly, PEN INK.

  8. sandrawallin

    I love this website!!! So excited to have joined 😀

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  10. NCNurse09 Student

    You can get blood out of your scrubs with peroxide. Just squirt it directly on the stain and rub it. It will disappear like magic! Also, the one day you say to yourself “I’m getting out on time today” will be the day you have 4 admissions, 2 incident reports, and a partridge in a pear tree.

  11. renee0270

    Betadine washes out (usually). Benzoin is another creature entirely. I’ve never gotten it on my scrubs, but someone once dropped a glass bottle of the stuff in the med room, and it took a week (and heavy duty solvent) to get it off the floor.

  12. There is an answer to the tincture of benzoin problem ………………..oil of eucalyptus – works every time!!!!!