I have practiced nursing for 38 years and have heard and seen a lot, but there are a few things that people have said to me in either a hospital work environment or amongst friends. These are what I call “statement stingers” and should never be said to a nurse.
- Why did you become a nurse and not a doctor? You are so smart…
WHAT??? How insulting. This implies that if you are a doctor, you are naturally very smart, and in being so smart you should be practicing in this profession. Clearly, if you are dumb, you become a nurse.
- Are you like an assistant to the doctors? How does that work? They have left orders for that right?
How about…. “How do these doctors manage without all the direction and valuable information you provide?”
- Are you married to a doctor?
First of all what business is it of yours to ask who or what I am married to? Secondly, are nurses and doctors the only perfect combination? Or, has TV made you crazy enough to think nurses chase doctors as their mates.
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