A Day in the Life of a New Nurse

by | Feb 21, 2017 | Nurse Humor | 8 comments

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If you are a new nurse or have been a nurse for the last 20 years, this may tickle your nurse funny bone/humerus so much you fall down on your coccyx. Congratulations, you’re now a fall risk!

A Day in the Life of a New Nurse

If you are a new nurse or have been a nurse for the last 20 years, you can relate to a day in the life of a new nurse on some level.

Wake up from a night of stress sleep

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Frantically getting ready

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Remembering that your drive to work will be the longest you’ll sit down today

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Seeing your patient assignment and dying a little inside

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7 seconds after report, you’re already 4 hours behind

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Your patient asks you to do something simple that you haven’t learned how to do yet

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You get an email that you have 17 online learning modules due

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Whenever you try to do anything without your preceptor

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When you get a really nice patient who is okay with you being new and taking 2 hours to do everything

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Awkwardly trying to figure out how to ask people about their bowels when there are 17 visitors who never leave

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When you are finally almost caught up and they tell you you’re getting an admission

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Trying to figure out empathy and sharing too much

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When people keep coming up to you every 14 seconds with something else one of your patients need

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When the family points out you forgot to reconnect the SCD pumps

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When your admission goes to another unit

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Getting corrected every 2 sentences while trying to give report

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Clocked. Out.

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2 minutes after you get home

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… and then

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8 Comments

  1. Jocelyn

    “Getting corrected every 2 sentences while trying to give report” or giving report to the know-it-all who asks you multiple questions that aren’t always relevant, or they try to challenge you to see if you did your assessments properly. Or who try to tell you stories while you’re trying to give a quick report so you can get home after a night shift!

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    • Stephanie

      You are my hero. Yes, all of those!!!

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  2. SusanDizzleMyNizzle

    Learning modules are satins spawn

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  3. Chloe

    This (hey, it’s clean AND funny yay!) made me smile! Thanks for the humor! I’ll need it for those awesome clinical hours tomorrow 🙂 #livinglife #nursingschool #laughtermedicine

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  4. Jem

    When you are finally almost caught up and they tell you you’re getting an admission “Oh by the way, you have 2!”

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  5. Sarah Mott

    Waking up from a stress sleep cracks me up – I think that is exactly how I looked 16 years ago when I was a new nurse and how I still look when I wake up in the morning! You never get over worrying about your patients or whether or not your forgot to do something…

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  6. Lara Tregillies

    It’s been 27 years since I’ve been a new grad and the trauma I experienced so long ago is what makes me EXTRA sensitive to the new grads I work with…..they were all good!

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  7. Sally

    Something to look forward to and if I can remember this on my first day then maybe I will smile ????

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