You’re A Nurse Right?

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Why are his hands swollen?!

Why am I coughing?

Why does her side hurt?

Is this bad?

These are the arbitrary-like but serious questions I get asked from my ‘non-medical’ friends and family. Fraught with good intentions and a need-to-know mentality, I somehow get ‘consulted’ to answer the ‘why’ questions for the medically and physically unexplainable signs and symptoms that they or their friends experience.

I don’t know if I should feel blessed or cursed sometimes. I am of course not a doctor, nor do I play one on television. I cannot offer medical advice. It’s not only dangerous but extremely illegal.

I AM a Registered Nurse. Yes, I have specialized medical education and training. And yes, I have treated and cared for many patient’s with many illnesses. But, no I do not have an answer for everything.

I will offer suggestions and can talk of my own experiences, but dodging the flurry of bullet-like questions can be very challenging. I do not, and cannot offer medical advice or give medical direction. I’m not qualified, nor permitted to do so.

My answer always ends with the phrase, ‘You should REALLY have them follow up with their family physician’ (whomever they may be).

And with a perturbed grimace I always hear, " Well… I thought you were a nurse?!"

Quieting my offended inner-voice, I calmly reply, "Why Yes, I am."

41 thoughts on “You’re A Nurse Right?

  1. A little late but ever heartfelt! Happy Anniversary to Change of Shift. I am such a loyal fan and hope that you continue with your successes as a blogger and a nurse. Hope you continue on the join me as a NP one day too!
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  2. A little late but ever heartfelt! Happy Anniversary to Change of Shift. I am such a loyal fan and hope that you continue with your successes as a blogger and a nurse. Hope you continue on the join me as a NP one day too!
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  3. Kim,
    Happy Birthday to CoS!! Glad to be included though I don’t remember to submit too often! I’ll try and get around to it more.
    Great edition as always.
    Tracey
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  4. Kim,
    Happy Birthday to CoS!! Glad to be included though I don’t remember to submit too often! I’ll try and get around to it more.
    Great edition as always.
    Tracey
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  5. Kim,
    Thanks for posting about Bob the Nurse, and you are more than welcome to be added to the list of future hosts! He is heading from Hawaii to Arkansas shortly, then to DC, NYC and Michigan. Email me if you want to be next after MI!
    kc
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  6. Kim,
    Thanks for posting about Bob the Nurse, and you are more than welcome to be added to the list of future hosts! He is heading from Hawaii to Arkansas shortly, then to DC, NYC and Michigan. Email me if you want to be next after MI!
    kc
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  7. Great stuff Kim! Logo looks good!
    Hopefully, I’ll unearth myself from paper fast enough to submit next time! Still digging…
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  8. Great stuff Kim! Logo looks good!
    Hopefully, I’ll unearth myself from paper fast enough to submit next time! Still digging…
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  9. Congratulations Kim, what a great celebration post and a great logo. Looking forward to reading through all of the contributions later!!
    Thanks for all that you have done and continue to do for nursing across the world!
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  10. Congratulations Kim, what a great celebration post and a great logo. Looking forward to reading through all of the contributions later!!
    Thanks for all that you have done and continue to do for nursing across the world!
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  11. Congratulations Kim, what a great celebration post and a great logo. Looking forward to reading through all of the contributions later!!
    Thanks for all that you have done and continue to do for nursing across the world!
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  12. Congratulations Kim, what a great celebration post and a great logo. Looking forward to reading through all of the contributions later!!
    Thanks for all that you have done and continue to do for nursing across the world!
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  13. Congratulations on the Anniversary Kim!!
    Great new picture too.
    Thanks for keeping Change of Shift going. My EMS carnival, “The Handover” is now heading for it’s 6th edition and is getting bigger each month. This came about soley after reading change of shift and seeing how you brought the nursing blogosphere together. If The Handover even achieves half of what CoS has done, I will be a happy man!!
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  14. Congratulations on the Anniversary Kim!!
    Great new picture too.
    Thanks for keeping Change of Shift going. My EMS carnival, “The Handover” is now heading for it’s 6th edition and is getting bigger each month. This came about soley after reading change of shift and seeing how you brought the nursing blogosphere together. If The Handover even achieves half of what CoS has done, I will be a happy man!!
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  15. Congratulations on the Anniversary Kim!!
    Great new picture too.
    Thanks for keeping Change of Shift going. My EMS carnival, “The Handover” is now heading for it’s 6th edition and is getting bigger each month. This came about soley after reading change of shift and seeing how you brought the nursing blogosphere together. If The Handover even achieves half of what CoS has done, I will be a happy man!!
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

  16. Congratulations on the Anniversary Kim!!
    Great new picture too.
    Thanks for keeping Change of Shift going. My EMS carnival, “The Handover” is now heading for it’s 6th edition and is getting bigger each month. This came about soley after reading change of shift and seeing how you brought the nursing blogosphere together. If The Handover even achieves half of what CoS has done, I will be a happy man!!
    This comment was originally posted on Emergiblog

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  18. Well, then you’re supposed to know everything about heslth and diseases. Just like a a Math teacher has to know about anything and everything on teaching including all subjects there is in the world, right?

  19. Well, then you’re supposed to know everything about heslth and diseases. Just like a a Math teacher has to know about anything and everything on teaching including all subjects there is in the world, right?

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