“20 things I’ve learned from nursing”

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As a practicing nurse, you’ve likely learned countless lessons you couldn’t have picked up from a textbook or classroom lecture. So we loved reading the list Sally P. Karioth, RN, Ph.D., put together of 20 things she’s learned during her career in nursing. These are definitely the lessons that can’t be taught in nursing school!


Check out 10 of her top picks below:

1. When you’re 92, you shouldn’t have to beg for the salt shaker, even if you do have congestive heart failure.

2. Our profession has no room for bullies or whiners.

3. Every day I’ve held a hand but forgotten to chart vitals, I still may have come out ahead.

4. A good doctor is one who’ll say, “I have no idea what’s going on with this patient. Come help me figure it out.”

5. Nursing in the hardest and easiest thing I’ve ever done.

6. Whatever I need in a hurry will be in someone else’s room.

7. Healing the spirit is as important as healing the mind.

8. If I don’t take care of myself, I can’t take care of anyone else.

9. A body believes every word you tell it.

10. Time flies whether or not I’m having fun.

To see the last 10, head on over to NurseFriendly.com. And be sure to tell us your words of wisdom from your own career in the comments below!

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3 Responses to “20 things I’ve learned from nursing”

  1. #17: So true, especially in the field I work in (Psych).

  2. 1dukers

    Re: #2 I would love to work where this person works because, unfortunately, my workplace is filled with whiners and bullies and management does nothing to stop it!
    I love being an RN and caring for my patients. I focus on that and “work as unto the Lord” to keep my mind focused on what’s important and why I’m there. God bless all RNs! We are HIs hands and feet.

  3. carin4u

    re #1…absolutely. nor for a candy bar, even if i’m diabetic.