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.

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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 askauntieaggie@gmail.com.

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21 Responses to 6-word descriptions of nursing careers

  1. robinfox17

    All’s well, if it ends well.

  2. rnact

    Nurse in real life and reel life!

  3. bunnycat23

    Nursing in the future is me!!!

  4. bunnycat23

    I am all you got today!!!

  5. bunnycat23

    Lets dance and move it around!!!

  6. bunnycat23

    I got the talent of nursing!!!

  7. bunnycat23

    Today is the day of all!!!

  8. bunnycat23

    Should I call the doctor? Maybe?

  9. bunnycat23

    No Code Brown’s today, can’t today!!!

  10. bunnycat23

    Nurse, the meds isn’t working anymore!!!

  11. Smiley Nurse RN

    Trust your instincts, follow your heart

  12. fuzzybare2002

    You couldn’t make this stuff up!!

  13. holliee78

    When inserting enema, turn head away!

  14. bluebirdlx

    Take a leap; find your wings.

  15. rnliz@comcast.net

    Year 20….oops….should have gotten more help lifting and turning patients….

  16. dodgern

    Sedation-because you can’t fix stupid!

  17. dodgern

    Better living through chemicals-use propofol!

  18. dodgern

    Outpatient GI-I’m living the dream!

  19. Momofnick

    Serve the patient, not the bureaucracy.

  20. Chedavis

    No sex right?! Well you’re pregnant!!

    SURRREE.. Toilet seats can give STDs;)

    Mhmm, keep talking during your [psuedo]-siezure

  21. RN4ER

    Stay alive to 735