Monday, January 24, 2011

Reasons that I became a nurse: A lighthearted insiders pov.

I wandered down the hallways. My body was aching, head swimming, numbers flying through my mind....this lab, that blood pressure, this O2 saturation, those with fever, people bleeding...people depending on my judgment....give the med, hold the med, apply O2 and hope for the best, or relinquish control and call the doctor, grab the Tylenol, bandages.....

It sounds dramatic, but it really isn't. Its my work. Its what I do.

Through this cloud of thoughts waiting to be processed, the thought entered my mind: Why do I do this?

Being the mildly twisted human being that I am, I actually started to answer myself....this is what I said.


I thought that being exposed to every new strain of antibiotic resistant bacteria before anyone else was what they meant by "living on the edge".

The idea of dying from something I contracted at work, rather than old age was kinda cool.

I think that support hose are cool....and even if they aren't, the spiffy spider veins you get from not wearing them and your vessels rupturing from the pressure of standing on your feet all day are really sexy.

I thought that the idea of people trying to sue you for no reason and getting questioned by state auditors would be fun.

Working with people who are just as messed up as I am is awesome....cause you know, most all of us nurses are alike....most of us anyway....except her, and her, and her, oh wait damn, who the hell is that walking down the hall?

I heart cafeteria food.

The smell of hand sanitizer and soap is always in style.

Washing my hands until they crack and bleed is a good way to spend my time.

Wearing pajamas to work is awesome....wait, what do you mean they aren't pajamas?

Shin splints are cool and so is plantar fasciitis.

Who needs knees?

Looking sexy at work was never on my "to do" list.

Its cool to look like youve been beaten to death after you get off of work.

Keeping doctors from accidentally killing my patients is EXACTLY what I thought nursing was going to be about.

I never wanted to look at a bowl of rice crispies the same anyway.

Hope your week leaves you well ~j


  1. I love this post, especially the comment about keeping doctors from killing patients. So true.

    I have to say I'm glad you're not my nurse. I like my nurses to be ugly and fat with moles on their faces. That way I don't have any crazy thoughts about them that I should have.

    Best to you.

  2. Im going to accuse you of a Freudian slip and say that you said what you meant the first time ;) just kidding!

    Thank you for coming by to see me.

    hope all is well in Ca. ~juli

  3. Rolling out of bed, hair up in a pony tail and PJs on... Ahh, so many time I was out the door for clinicals 5 minutes after I woke up. Gotta love it