Ask and you shall receive --well we asked "you know you are a nurse when..." and boy did we receive some funny, thoughtful, truths about what being a nurse means. Check them out below to see if your comment made the list and don't forget to add your own below.
"You know you are a nurse and married to a nurse when you are teaching your 8 year old son to gut a fish and he is trying to name the body parts. We opened the stomach and a small fish pops out which my son identified as “lunch” (for the fish) and kept on with the rest of what becomes a fish autopsy. Nurses kids aren’t grossed out by anything." --Kelli
"You know you’re a nurse when your son in law kicks you out of the delivery room because you couldn’t keep your observations to yourself!" --Luzita
"You know you’re a nurse when you go to a party and all you can think is how many improperly washed hands been in the snack bowl." --Paula
"You know you're a nurse when everyone calls you for their diagnosis instead of going to the doctors. Can you look at my leg? there is this sore that has been there for a week. Does this look infected?” --Nicole
"You know you are a Nurse when….your 5 year old explains to her Pediatrician that she knows she drinks enough water because of the color of her urine.
. . . Announces to Grandma that she needs her “Miralax” and correctly explains why." --Twila
"When your kids come to you with any kind of ailment and they always end the description with, “And yes, mom, I pooped today.” …because it’s always my first question. Hahaha!" --Rebecca
"You are at a crowded mall…..you hear a phone ring that sounds just like your pager at work…….you furiously pat your pockets looking for your pager……." --Diane
"You know your a nurse when you realize it’s been almost 12 hours and you feeling a little pressure and thinking to yourself…"I’ve been so busy that I haven’t peed all day." We have iron bladders." --Deneen
"When you can identify the disease/condition by the smell of the BM….C-Diff, GI Bleed, etc. When the full moon is a thing of absolute dread instead of a thing of beauty.
When you dream of Xanax in a pez dispenser as the perfect Christmas present." --LaReda
"50 years a nurse and retired 10 years, I still have a rare nightmare that I forgot to pass the 5 AM meds. Or we have no more ICU beds, but now are admitting patients bunk bed style to our clean utility room." --Bernice
"I have thought about being in jail and being able to read and write a book while I am in solitary." --Helen
”You SO know you are a nurse when you are completely happy eating any meal from an 8 oz styrofoam cup with a plastic spoon.
You know you are a nurse when, at the supermarket, you might forget essential food on your list, but NEVER the coffee…. especially when you are going in for 3 12hr nights in a row… you stock your cart with coffee….
You know you are a nurse when you have gotten out of every speeding ticket by relating your speed to your shift in the ICU… going to, coming from, got called in… Sad but true, this has happened to me twice in 45 minutes. One evening, I was walking a group of nursing students through the ICU, one question was ‘What is the most important thing you have learned about nursing?’ While expecting something ‘Nightingale-ish’, they got my speeding ticket tip. CCRN life…." --Mary
"You know you are a nurse when you get into an elevator with a stranger or are standing in line at the grocery store and they start talking to you about their gallbladder or other ailment asking for your opinion. I feel like I must have RN stamped to my forehead." --Diana
"You know you are a nurse when you caution your children about anything and everything and they tell you, you have a horror story for EVERYTHING!!!
Example: do not ride a motorcycle; you will have an accident. It most likely is not your fault; someone in a car or truck hits you. You get taken to the ED and your leg falls off when they cut your clothes off." --Kathy
"You know you are a nurse when you wake up from a dead sleep punching the buttons next to door to silence the IV pump." --Emmi
Did you get a good laugh from these reader comments? Share your own thoughts on "you know you are a nurse when" in the comments section below.