Graduate Nurses vs Experienced Nurses

  1. A Graduate Nurse throws up when the patient does.
    An experienced nurse calls housekeeping when a patient throws up.

  2. A Graduate Nurse has so many pins on their name badge you can't read it.
    An experienced nurse doesn't wear a name badge for liability reasons.

  3. A Graduate Nurse charts too much.
    An experienced nurse doesn't chart enough.

  4. A Graduate Nurse loves to run to codes.
    An experienced nurse makes graduate nurses run to codes.

  5. A Graduate Nurse wants everyone to know they are a nurse.
    An experienced nurse doesn't want anyone to know they are a nurse.

  6. A Graduate Nurse keeps detailed notes on a pad.
    An experienced nurse writes on the back of their hand, paper scraps, napkins, etc.

  7. A Graduate Nurse will spend all day trying to reorient a patient.
    An experienced nurse will chart the patient is disoriented and restrain them

  8. A Graduate Nurse can hear a beeping I-med at 50 yards.
    An experienced nurse can't hear any alarms at any distance.

  9. A Graduate Nurse loves to hear abnormal heart and breath sounds.
    An experienced nurse doesn't want to know about them unless the patient is symptomatic.

  10. A Graduate Nurse spends 2 hours giving a patient a bath.
    An experienced nurse lets the CNA give the patient a bath.

  11. A Graduate Nurse thinks people respect Nurses.
    An experienced nurse knows everybody blames everything on the nurse.

  12. A Graduate Nurse looks for blood on a bandage hoping they will get to change it.
    An experienced nurse knows a little blood never hurt anybody.

  13. A Graduate Nurse looks for a chance "to work with the family"
    An experienced nurse avoids the family.

  14. A Graduate Nurse expects meds and supplies to be delivered on time.
    An experienced nurse expects them to never be delivered at all.

  15. A Graduate Nurse will spend days bladder training an incontinent patient.
    An experienced nurse will insert a Foley catheter.

  16. A Graduate Nurse always answers their phone.
    An experienced nurse checks their caller ID before answering the phone.

  17. A Graduate Nurse thinks psych patients are interesting.
    An experienced nurse thinks psych patients are crazy.

  18. A Graduate Nurse carries reference books in their bag.
    An experienced nurse carries magazines, lunch, and some "cough syrup" in their bag.

  19. A Graduate Nurse doesn't find this funny.
    An experienced nurse does.

[ Author Unknown -- from 'Buffalos Chips' ( ]


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