You know you’re a student nurse when…

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After seeing our New Nurse blogger’s blog, “You know you’re a pediatric nurse when”, I got to thinking about what makes us student nurses stand out from the crowd.

The good, the bad and everything in between, you know you’re a student nurse when:

  1. You’re walking around looking like a marshmallow in your stiff, unstructured, stark-white scrubs.
  2. You are more excited about drawing blood than all the vampires in Twilight put together.
  3. Prepping an IV piggyback is fun.
  4. You’re more excited about giving shots than you are taking shots, and your non-nursing friends don’t get it…
  5. People look at you weird when you throw medical terms into your daily conversations.
  6. You’re banned from talking about your day at the dinner table because you’re family gets grossed out (see Nursing student table etiquette).
  7. Getting to wear colorful scrubs for the first time is the highlight of your year!
  8. You check on your patient every 20 minutes with “How are you feeling now?” and “Is there anything else I can get you?” until they’re almost sick of you.
  9. You perform physical assessments on your family: listening to lung sounds at every cough, bowel sounds with an upset stomach, and every time someone has an ache you ask them to rate it on a scale from 1-10.
  10. Consequently, you’ve become the “resident nurse” at home and you’re now expected to be able to answer questions about mystery diagnoses and know how to treat every ache and pain.
  11. You volunteer to clean up and bandage your niece/nephew’s boo-boos and owies.
  12. You try to diagnose all kinds of symptomatology based on the chapter you just read – and you think you’re coming down with every disease in the book, including the mental illnesses.
  13. Sadly, every time there’s a code-blue, even though you’re really scared and anxious, there’s still a small part of you that is excited to see what happens.
  14. You try to convince your friends to go into nursing.
  15. The night before clinical you’re so anxious you can’t get a decent night’s sleep, and until you’re 2 hours into your shift your stomach is in knots.
  16. You can take a morning break, but you don’t want to because you might miss out on some big experience.
  17. You’ve become a professional vital-sign-taker (even if you constantly check to make sure their within normal limits!).
  18. And a professional accu-checker.
  19. You watch nurses on TV hospital dramas and comment through every episode about how that would NEVER happen in real life.
  20. You vent to your family about how overwhelmed you feel with all the papers due and tests to study for, but for some reason, you wouldn’t trade it for any other career out there.

And…of course…you know you’re a student nurse when you’re proud to become a part of such an amazing, compassionate, and fulfilling profession.

Can you think of any more? Add your own to the comments section!

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Ani Burr, RN

I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.

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14 Responses to You know you’re a student nurse when…

  1. Lupe Hernandez

    I love all of your posts, but this one put a huge smile on my face. You have made my day, keep it up, and keep them coming. Thank you!

  2. Chani

    You know you’re a nursing student when you read Ani Burr’s “Top 20 Ways to Know You’re A Nursing Student,” and by each one, you say- oh my gosh, it’s true!! (And you’re secretly thinking- gee, I’m glad I’m not the only ‘crazy’ one…)

    Great job putting it together! Thanks for the smiles.

  3. Sarah

    You know you’re a nursing student when the other nurses ask you why you are smiling at 0700, and then ask why you are still smiling at 1930.

    • You can also tell you’re a nurse when you report time in military format and have never BEEN in the military.

  4. Jessica

    You know your a student nurse when it suddenly dawns on you that in 6 months you will be taking your boards and are supposed to know what you want to do when you have grown up.

  5. Dianne

    You know your a student nurse when you’ve devleoped an eating disorder from nerves, questioning your sanity because your professors are nuts, and you develop irrital bowel syndrome and throwing back diarrhea pills everyday.

  6. Bri

    You know you’re a nursing student when you start to believe the major food groups are caffeine, nicotine, and junk.

  7. Amy

    You know you’re a nursing student when you’re chanting NCLEX practice questions in your sleep.

    You know you’re a nursing student when you develop heartburn before you consciously remember that you have a Clinical Performance Exam in a week.

  8. Abby

    You know your a student nurse when your nervous because you don’t get the student nurse hype

  9. maya_rachmah

    Wow..i’m still a nursing student..may be i will have some characters from this above for my first job in the hospital ^^

  10. ccrn122

    You know you are a nursing student when you say “I am hungry, let’s go have lunch!” after you watch a c-section.

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  12. You know you’re a student nurse when you see your chiropractor twice a week for the not-so-mysterious pinched nerve in C6 that mysteriously aligns perfectly with the straps of the 80lb backpack filled with extraneous books like Taber’s and Davis’ that you don’t usually use in class but you might so you better well have it with you along with the fundamentals book that weighs 30lbs all by itself and the assessment’s book that suffers Napoleonic complex because it isn’t quite as heavy. You can tell the difference between fundamentals and assessments because if it seems common-sensical, it’s fundamentals, if it’s certain to screw you up on the NCLEX, it’s assessments. Was that a run-on sentence? Thank God ENG101, 102 and 200 were last year.