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10 Things to NEVER Say to a Nurse

Georgia Price | AllHealthcare

Nurses hear it all: The good, the bad, and the (very, very!) ugly. From pushy patients to bossy doctors, nurses handle it all with grace. But there are some things that can get under the most tolerant nurse’s skin.

AllHealthcare staff members talked to healthcare professionals, one another and (of course!) nurses to find out what phrases or questions were most irritating. Ever felt like strangling someone with your stethoscope? Then you probably heard one of these 10 things.

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    3 days ago

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    sondra455

    almost 2 years ago

    2 comments

    When someone says to me, "Why didn't you want to be a doctor?" I always say, honestly and whole heartedly, "I should have. It would have been a lot easier."

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    EMTP13593

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    It is true. There is an amazing amount of disrespect going on in the medical industry. If you think it's bad to be "just a nurse". Try being "just a paramedic". That way you could do practically everything a nurse does, in some cases more, and get about half the pay that a nurse receives. And do all these things without a doc standing there "barking orders". And do a lot of that in some extremely harsh environments. Including the environment of the ED room where the 18th Century RN scowls at you as if you've committed a crime. Don't get me wrong, I think about 99% of the nurses I work with are amazing and I wouldn't trade any one of them for 10 docs. And they deserve every dime they get and more. I just want to remind you that on the ladder of respect in the healthcare world, nurses are far from the bottom rung.

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    Ziva

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    I agree with all of those things! I became a medical sec. and because I know more about med stuff than average (my family has several chronic conditions), one of teachers asked about becoming a nurse. I said no, I respect nurses very much and know what they do and know I can't do it.

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    PhillyXTech

    almost 5 years ago

    408 comments

    Perhaps a better way of stating the "Anyone can be a nurse," is to point out that everything in the reasons why not to say that is true, but that doesn't stop many people who can't in fact "be," nurses, from graduating nursing school and obtaining jobs.

    Forgive me for being particularly blunt today, I've simply been reaching my limit with imcompetence in staff at all levels when it comes to certain basic procedures, such as why it's not appropriate to step into the cental supply room in street clothes, or why trying to get a stick on a patient with hepatitis while not wearing gloves because you don't feel like you can find the vein with gloves on and having them subsequently bleed all over you isn't necessarily a good idea.

    If you can't get the stick without gloves on get someone else to do it for you.
    If you can't find staff from central supply, overhead page them.
    When did standard precautions become something that only those who aren't in healthcare have to abide by?

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    PhillyXTech

    almost 5 years ago

    408 comments

    However, "what's taking so long," is in fact an acceptable thing to say if you are another health-care professional in need of direction to a chart or patients location when you've checked the room assignment board, located that patients nurse, and she's on the phone with her boyfriend while eating a donut, giving you the evil eye for daring to disturb her Dunkin moment.

    C'mon you know who you are and you know who you aren't, and those like this make it difficult not only for all other staff, but other nurses too, and as I said, in those cases, "What's taking so long," is a perfectly appropriate question.

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    deneesy

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    No, Edie Falco did NOT put it perfectly.

    Doctors AND nurses (and RTs and EMTs and ...) save lives. Or frankly, in this day and age, mostly manage chronic conditions. (Yeah, not as sexy, I know.) No one profession does it alone. They have different skills. People need to grow up and stop playing the "I'm better than you" game.

    Doctors write orders, among other things. Some of their orders are carried out by other doctors, some by nurses, some by RTs, PTs, radiology techs, etc. Nurses often call doctors to request specific orders (e.g. "his BP is 170/102, . . . so I'd like to give him something for that, maybe hydralazine po . . ."). Case managers, RTs, wound care nurses, dietitians, etc. often recommend specific orders be made as well.

    Don't confuse who writes the orders with who does the brainwork and the legwork. Lots of people are involved. Lots of brains. Lots of different skillsets. Lots of different types of professional experience.

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    juliedanurse

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Behind every good doctor is a better nurse!
    Amen!
    I've been a nurse for 19 years, and I know without a doubt - in a crisis, I want a NURSE in charge, not a doc.

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    Bbowne0913

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Cameron01, I wholeheartedly agree with you!! I'm a nurses aide right now. In just a couple of weeks I'm going to be a first year nursing student, and all I've heard from people is "oh why don't you become a doctor?" I find it so annoying. Nurses have more patient interaction than doctors.. so no I won't become a doctor, I'd rather not loose that caring aspect I have as a nurse.

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    Cameron01

    almost 5 years ago

    118 comments

    not that im in nursing but i have worked with nurses before... the 'why didn't you become a doctor?' is such a disrespectful question that totally undermines nurses!!! this was a great list... don't feel like nurses get enough credit for EVERYTHING they do!! ...and they really do everything!

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