Triage can be an interesting place to work. You hear all kinds of patient complaints. In addition to the above memes, which I have personally heard spoken, people also complain of passings "clogs" (blood clots) and sneezers (seizures) because he or she forgot to take their peanut butterball (Phenobarbital).
It also still surprises me the amount of people who come in complaining of abdominal pain, but sit in the waiting room eating chips, drinking pop and/or coffee. Trust me, it happens everyday!
This above meme is very true. It's surprising how good you get at guessing a persons blood alcohol after 5 years of ER experience. The doctors get in on this action too.
I have never done the above confession. I swear.
Before I leave you, I want to share a couple more nurse confessions that I can relate to.
I can't lie...me and my paramedic/pre-med student husband totally do this.
If I ever meet anyone of you, you can be certain that at some point I will scope out your hand veins. I can't help it.
I forget that some people are grossed out by bodily fluids and functions. I usually forget this at family functions until I look up and everyone is looking at me like this:
In all seriousness though, nursing is a great profession. It is frustrating and it sucks all the energy from you. However, the day that you are pinned will be awesome; you will feel fulfilled and relieved. I love helping people. In the ER, I see 85% nonsense, as demonstrated by the memes above. Nonsense being frequent flyers, narcotic seekers, and people who abuse the emergency room. However, the 15% that I see who are ill and actually need my help, totally make up for the nonsense. It's a great profession and I encourage anyone considering it, to just go for it!
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