I was THAT nurse


The know it all.

The so-called ‘seasoned veteran’.

The ‘I’ve taken care of one of these patients (Diabetic, Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation, etc.), so they’re all the same’.



Tunnel visioned

Yep. I was one of them. I had been a nurse a whopping14 months and I thought I had learned all there was to learn. I had seen it all. I had done it all.

Pffffttttt! I’m and EXPERIENCED  critical care nurse – don’t ask me if i know how to do that, or know how to treat that.


Seriously. All joking aside, I really was that nurse. It took a swift kick in the rear from a few knowledgeable and smarter nurses before I started to listen. And even then I stomped my foot like a temper-tantrumed child.

Then I had the life scared out of me by some pretty sick patients. Realizing the fate of one’s life can rest on your ability to ‘bring your A game’ wakens you.

And finally I learned the real difference between saving a life and clinging to a life.

My responsibility to care for the ill supersedes any crazy thoughts of me winning an argument (always wanting to be right). Humility is a great teacher. The minute you think you have it all figured out, our patients make sure you lose your footing.

Don’t be that nurse.

Don’t ever be that nurse.



Also, don’t let anyone else be that nurse either.


Post inspired by:
Daily Prompt: Sad But True
by michelle w.

Tell us about the harshest, most difficult to hear — but accurate — criticism you’e ever gotten. Does it still apply?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us HARSH.

Daily Prompt: Sad But True | The Daily Post.

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