17 Secrets Nurses Will Never Tell You But Really Want You To Know
We asked the nurses of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most infuriating misconceptions people have about their jobs. Here are the eye-opening results.
First of all, nurses are not the doctor's assistant or secretary. They don't work for the doctor, they work with the doctor.
That means nurses don't take doctors' orders. In fact, nurses know their patients so well that they often correct doctors from making seriously fatal mistakes.
In fact, their job is much more than just taking a patient's blood pressure, getting them blankets, and wiping their butt.
It's also pretty insulting to suggest that nurses have it easy, just because most of them work three days a week.
FYI: They work in hectic 12-hour shifts without any time for food or bathroom breaks.
So when you call them for help and they don't arrive immediately, that's not because they're grabbing coffee or taking their sweet time. They're busy saving lives.
And just because you always have access to them, that doesn't mean nurses are there to be your servant. Their job is to keep you alive.
Being a nurse is not something you fall back on because you "weren't smart enough" or didn't get into the right medical program at school.
And, no, nurses do not go into their profession because they know it will be a guaranteed job. They do it because they love it.
And while we're on the subject, getting a nursing license isn't easy! There's a lot of training and education that go into it, so it's not just something you can randomly apply for.
Oh, and just so you know, nurses are almost never portrayed accurately on TV and in movies.
That means they don't wear sexy lab coats or fancy lingerie. Nurses strive to be as comfortable as possible because they're always on their feet.
And while we're debunking popular myths, let's clarify something: There are a lot of male nurses in the world, but not all male nurses are gay.
And being a male nurse does not make them "any less of a man."
Also, there's no need to be modest in front of your nurse. They've literally seen it all, and they just want to help.
That's because nurses genuinely care about their patients and never stop thinking about them, even when they're not at work.
And most importantly, nurses are actually doing 20 different jobs in one, and a lot of their work often goes unnoticed.
So here's to you, nurses. Thank you for everything.
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