1- We like sleep
Besides being awesome at saving lives, we are also awesome at sleeping! Most people like diamonds, we like sleep. When our eyes are closed, please don’t speak to us or make any noise. It’s important to know that our naps can last anywhere from 10 minutes – 18 hours. So, be patient and let us do our thing.
2- We work weekends and holidays
Date night will probably have to take place during the week, sorry. Our schedules can be crazy and will require us to work some weekends AND holidays. Even though we may not be spending time together on the exact holiday, we’ll definitely still celebrate. On the plus side, working weekends and holidays means we get EXTRA PAY!!!
3- We need time to decompress after work
Our shifts are long and can be very draining but we love the work we do. When we come home just bare with us until we are able to shower, eat, and unwind. Even though you may want a hug right when we get home, you don’t. Between code browns and contact rooms, let us shower and change first.
4- We share crazy and graphic stories
You will learn a WHOLE NEW WORLD from the stories we share. And no, we aren’t adding extra information just to be dramatic. Seriously, we can’t make this stuff up. We will share stories whenever they pop-up in our minds which is typically at the most inappropriate times, like dinner.
5- Caffeine is our friend
Wanna make us happy?! Surprise us with our favorite caffeinated beverage before our shift. Nursing shifts are long, 12-hours at the minimum so having our beverage of choice ready for us when we walk out the door will make our day!
6- All we talk about is nursing
Trust us, we know. But, talking about nursing is in our comfort zone and no matter what the topic, we can probably tie it back to nursing. We will probably talk about nursing while we’re eating brunch, grocery shopping, Nordstrom Rack shopping, Target shopping, waking up, going to bed, etc. You get the idea.
7- SNACKS! We like SNACKS!
Even though we are required to clock-out for a 30-minute lunch, doesn’t mean we actually get a 30-minute lunch. So, snacks help get us through our day. Since we eat snacks at work, we’ll probably also eat the same amount at home. Just to name a few: Oreos, Doritos, Chips Ahoy, Cheetos, Pringles, Skittles, Chex Mix, Popcorn…I can keep going.
8- We may work longer than 12-hours
Just because our shift is from 7-7 doesn’t mean we’ll be home by 7:30. Many times we arrive to work early and stay late. We won’t leave work until all our patients are settled and safely handed off to the next shift.
9- We love what we do
WE LOVE NURSING! It’s what we’ve always wanted to do and we take pride in our work and profession. Our jobs are challenging and demanding but more important, they are rewarding.
10- We are caring
You probably already know this, nurses don’t enter the profession for the money. We became nurses because we care. We care about the people around us and the community we serve. And, we care about you!!!