“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 And be sure to tell us your words of wisdom from your own career in the comments below!

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