Life in the ER is never boring. Nurses in the Emergency Room provide most of the hands-on care and they will be the ones who will get to see the patients first as soon as they get inside the ER.
It may sound funny, but you really can tell an ER nurse apart. Listed below are ten signs that you are an ER nurse. Funny but true!
1. You don’t easily get grossed out.
Yes, you can even get drenched in blood or other bodily fluids and still get to enjoy your lunch! Friends who aren’t in the medical society may even joke around about gross stuff and you still get to enjoy whatever you are doing while everyone else is vomiting.
2. You know your sign language well.
You know what the sign language is for x-ray, or even for a shot or pain. Your co-worker will stick a hand gesture up at you and you will surely understand what she means.
3. You try to be patient at all times.
Too patient that you consider it a compliment when a patient swears at you or when they just do not understand how the Emergency Room works!
4. You think it’s hilarious to drink apple juice out of a urine cup.
It is quite funny, isn’t it?
5. You always seem to be angry for no apparent reason.
You are just angry. Or frowning. Or both. You do not have time to show any form of emotion to any stories or jokes told.
6. You find syringes, needles, vials, tapes and a lot of colorful pens inside your bag.
Actually, you keep them there just in case you run out while on duty. You always try to organize everything, but all these things end up everywhere.
7. You love your scrubs no matter what.
No matter how filthy they can get at the end of the day, or how fat you look when you wear them, you still appreciate the fact that you actually get to wear them. You love them because you are proud to be an ER nurse!
8. You get to think of accurate ideas about patients’ medical histories just by looking at them.
You have a clue on how a diabetic or a hypertensive patient actually looks like.
9. You are able to consume gallons of coffee without having to go pee for some time.
You have to stay awake for the whole duration of your shift, whether at night or way past your hours of work, so you consume all the coffee your system can hold and have the power to hold it in for a really long time.
10. You are used to people and crowds.
Emergency Rooms are usually overcrowded. If you are an ER nurse, you will surely get used to seeing a lot of people every day and actually having conversations with them. Being an ER nurse means being able to work most especially with people who are worried or panicking about their emergencies.
What are your memorable experiences and moments as an ER nurse? We’d love to hear from you!
About the Author: Mary Elizabeth Velarmino Francisco earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Philippines. She is always happy to share her passion for writing and blogging. With coffee running through her veins, she enthusiastically battles each day, one article at a time.