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6-word descriptions of nursing careers


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Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. He responded with “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.”

Today, there are six-word stories about love affairs, lifetimes, tragedies: Name it and there’s a short, to-the-point description of it.

The fine folks here at Scrubs challenged me to come up with a title for my nursing memoir. I figured we could all do one better, with six-word descriptions of our nursing careers. I’ll get us started:

  • Never be first to a code.
  • Started out in music; no talent.
  • Year one: proud. Year 10: prouder.
  • Never gets easier to lose one.
  • Computer charting chaps my widening butt.
  • Joint Commission inspections are still scary.
  • Bed’s broken? No problem; I’m MacGyver.
  • Open that drain away from you.
  • Aching feet cured by patient’s compliment.
  • Ten years on, still learning stuff.

What are yours? Please be brief.

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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