Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Murphy's Law - for Nurses!

Back at work again - night one is over - six more to go. Thank goodness it seems quieter this week than my last one!  And talking about nursing ... don't you love the way I just slid into the next thing I wanted to write lol - I found these this morning. It's a nurses version of Murphy's Law and everyone is true and at least half applied to last night! Especially 3, 11, 12 and 13!!



  1. You can please some of the patients all of the time, and all of the patients some of the time, but you just can’t please the family.


  2. Management truly believes you are overpaid. But would never work for what they pay you.


  3. People farthest from your work area are the least needy - and least afraid of pushing the nurse call. Invariably.


  4. The more minor the injury, the more angry that person is for having to wait. While the little old guy with crushing chest pain says, "Oh, it's ok, I've waited this long already..."


  5. You finally get the NG tube down on your difficult patient Xray has just confirmed it is in the correct position you go to give the medication you have just crushed up only to find your patient has pulled it out.


  6. You've just given a patient a meal - pie, roast potatoes and a sponge pudding with custard - when theatres call asking if the patient is ready for their operation.


  7. In a life threatening emergency, the speed of the doctor's response is inversely proportional to the speed of the patient's decline.


  8. That enema you gave four hours ago produces a huge code brown just five minutes before the end of your shift.


  9. You have been working flat out all day without even a coffee break, but the moment you sit down, the supervisor walks around the corner and sees you doing nothing.


  10. It's your first night shift for three years. And it's a full moon.


  11. Your nose will itch the very moment your gloved hands get contaminated with bodily fluids.


  12. You walk out of a patient's room after you've asked them if they need anything: they will put the call bell on as you are about three quarters the way down the hall.


  13. If a patient needs four pills, the packet will contain three. 
They originally came from RealNurse.net so I can't take the credit but they certainly fit!

And now because I am tired and want to go to bed (especially as my son - who is a brittle diabetic - is sick so I probably won't be getting a lot of sleep today!) - I will finish with this ....  I have had two people send this to me in one day. I love it - it's beautiful and true!



Feeling of the Day: worried

Song of the Day: Santa Fe - Jon Bon Jovi   








1 comment:

Gill said...

Hehe love the Nurse's Rules ... perfect!
And yes, I love those words too! :D