Classic songs for a nurse sing-along

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Nurses should have people singing about them! Yet, there aren’t many (or any?) songs written for nurses.

How could this profession be so neglected? Here are five classic songs “reworked” to fit our needs. And who knows—maybe a Grammy nomination for 2011?
1. “Bye Bye (Nurse) Friends”
Our first song comes from the Everly Brothers’ classic “Bye Bye Love.” Use the lyrics below to sing along to the YouTube video!

Bye bye friends
Bye bye overtime, hello retirement
I think I’m-a gonna cry-y
Bye bye love, bye bye loud call bells, and all those yucky smells
I feel like I should cry-y
Bye bye my friends, goodby-eye

There goes his BP, chaos ensues
I’m definitely not happy, he sure looks blue
He was your patient till I stepped in
Goodbye to break time that might have been

I’m-a through with working, I’m a-through with shifts
I’m through with a’countin’ the minutes left
And here’s the reason that I’m so free
I have the winning ticket of the lottery

Bye bye my friends, goodby-eye
Bye bye my friends, goodby-eye

FADE: Bye bye my friends, goodby-eye
Bye bye my friends, goodby-eye

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Marijke Durning

Marijke is a professional writer who began her working career as a registered nurse over 25 years ago. After working in clinical areas ranging from rehab to intensive care, as a floor nurse to a supervisor, she found she could combine her extensive health knowledge with her love of writing. Although she has been published in a wide variety of publications for professionals and the general public, her passion is writing for the every day person to promote health literacy.

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7 Responses to Classic songs for a nurse sing-along

  1. Terry

    We listen to DR. DEMENTO at our house and he plays a wonderful tribute to colo-rectel doctors the really gets to the point. Check it out


  2. Nurses are over rated try being a CNA and being over rated does not happen. I really think CNA’s should receive LPN pay as we do many things “nurses dont have time for” what a shame. I am a proud CNA and love my job it is an adventure everyday, dont misjudge us and give us some credit as well as money cause who gets closer to the people and their families, we do so stop taking us for granted and start understanding were we come from we are not the medical field slaves as most think, very sad situation!!! Joy and Peace to you!!

    • ellen reinhardt

      I am a nurse and would never say a bad thing about CNAs, I work with many fantastic CNAs . I do feel that they are underpaid for the work that they do, but to put down the nurses that you work with is uncalled for, We do many things that you can’t because of education, training and regulations. I am sorry that you feel the way you do towards nurses.

  3. Nicole

    CNA’s are hard working, I was one for many years, now I am in Nursing School,, and love it…I give credit to everyone who makes up the Nursing team…we should not look down on each other., but support one another… CNA’s know a lot about thier patients and are a Nurses friend..

  4. Ann Cardinal RN,CRRN

    I love my hard-working team at Kessler!!! CNA/RA week as well as nurses week is soon in general is SOON!! I Want to do something different and special for my RA’s!! In a rehab hosital we call our CNA’s Rehab assistants!!! They are compassionate, understanding, hard working, insightfull, and underpaid!!! I appreciate them all and want to show them!!! Any suggestions from out there? I am organizing their CNA week dinner, party etc and want to do something different for them!!!

  5. as an RN who worked my way up from CNA, to LVN/LPN to an RN I truly appreciate everyone of the medical team,including unit clerks, and house keeping. We all need each other to get the job done. We can not do it alone. I want to thank everyone for the work that they do.

  6. MGee

    You start your rant with ” nurses are over rated” and then want to complain about not being appreciated? Pot, meet kettle.