What “Useless” Advice Did You Get That Turned Out To Be True?

We've all received unsolicited advice --at work, in life, online. But sometimes the advice that we thought was totally useless at the time can turn around and be life-changing later or something we use everyday.

We want to hear from you! What's a piece of advice that you were given that at the time didn't seem that important but later on you realized it was a pearl of wisdom? It can be a life lesson or a work tip or any type of advice that has helped you out. Please share below in the comments and check back to see what your fellow ModernNurse readers shared!

Here's a few useful life/nurse tips that seemed useless at first:

  • Practice smiling in the mirror (make believe you won the lottery!).
  • Learn to balance lunch trays, water pitchers and a clipboard while running for the telephone.
  • Learn to record your favorite TV show—work might call you back in. It’s the only way to stay on track with your favorite new series.
  • Compliment people behind their backs. It works wonders!
  • Ask anyway, the worst they can say is no.
  • Needle nervous patient? Have them sniff a spare alcohol pad right before the needle goes in. The harsh smell is enough of a distraction to keep their mind off the needle. It works!
  • Clean your house before leaving for more than five days -nothing better than coming back to a clean house.


Now it's your turn? Have any of your own great pieces of advice to share? Add in the comments below.
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Petrolina Downer
1 year ago

The Patients are not your friend treat, everyone professionally

2 years ago

Don’t marry a doctor

Harry P
2 years ago

If you always do what you did, you’ll always get what you got….

Dennis G. Aschbrenner
2 years ago

Treat the patient, not the equipment.

2 years ago

Read “The House of God” by Dr. Samuel Shem, then follow the 10 commandments.