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25 Secrets Nurses Will Never Tell You

Just be patient.

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1. What they say about doctors' handwriting is pretty much the truth.

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What does that say?

2. Since you wear scrubs for most of your week, fashion can get a little confusing outside of work.

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3. However, getting new scrubs does make you super excited.

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4. As much as you love medical dramas, you know they're not an accurate portrayal of what it's like to be a nurse.

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5. You can also accurately point out what's wrong in the shows.

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6. The smaller patients are usually the ones that pack the most punch.

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They don't know their own strength.

7. Charting is a whole ’nother job altogether, and can take up a huge part of your shift.

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Hours upon hours of writing.

8. Switching over from working day shifts to night shifts is the literal worst.

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It's like jet lag minus the traveling.

9. Constantly misplacing a pen is a steady source of frustration.

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You'll say "Where's my damn pen?!" when it's literally in your hand.

10. Most of the time, you're never fully rested for work.

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11. Doctors rely heavily on nurses' knowledge and observation more than people will ever know.

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Few members of the staff interact with patients more than nurses.

12. Comfortable shoes may not always look great, but they are worth their weight in gold.

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When you're on your feet for 12-plus hours a day, style doesn't mean a damn thing.

13. A lot of nurses are actually men, and yes they wanted to be nurses instead of doctors.

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14. You loathe the fact the people over-google all their symptoms.

15. You take chance to pee whenever you can get it.

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Sometimes you may only get one chance a shift, or no chance at all.

16. Your personal vehicle also doubles as a medical storage unit.

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Not to mention a couple of extra scrubs in case work gets really messy.

17. A lot of times you'll text your friends and family at 5 a.m., because that's the only instance when you're free.

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18. Since your work schedule is sporadic, sometimes your Fridays are on Tuesday...

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...but even then you end up spending your off time on what's most important to you.

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19. When a patient or a fellow staff member is appreciative, it really does make your day.

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20. If you work night shifts you fully believe that a full moon affects people's moods.

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You can ALWAYS tell when it's a full moon.

21. Coffee and energy drinks are more important to you than water.

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Decaf is a joke, right?

22. Hardly a shift goes by where poop is not mentioned.

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23. You find it incredibly ironic when a patient with tattoos is afraid of needles.

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24. You end up working through a lot of holidays, so you get creative about finding ways to celebrate.

25. Sometimes you envy the amount of free time your friends have.

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So although being a nurse can be stressful...

And just like that the shift is over ☺️ #nursingproblems #rnproblems

...it's certainly worth it.

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