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

The Patients are not your friend treat, everyone professionally


Don’t marry a doctor

Harry P

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

Dennis G. Aschbrenner

Treat the patient, not the equipment.


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