I have to admit nurses have an unusual but fun sense of humor, some days it takes all the humor you have to make it through just one shift. When you are surrounded by stress and a heavy work load you will find most nurses get through it with co-workers who can understand and not get offended by, dry sarcasm. It would be insane to think that nurses are on top of their game 100% of the time. When the pressure is on the skills kick in and the professional game is front and center, however once the nurses gather in the station to chart, grab a snack, take a break and kick their feet up the tone changes to lighten the stress.
I ask my friends on facebook what they thought “basic nurse supplies” were and here are a few responses as you can tell they have a sense of humor:
Cher Said: Black pen, red pen, pen light, hemostats, scissors, alcohol preps, stethoscope, hand sanitizer, and a smile!!! Oh, I almost forgot…tape too!!!
Karen said: Band aids
Jennifer said: Comfortable shoes, Tylenol, tissues, alcohol pads, listening ears.
Jessalyn said: A kind heart and a loving touch. (:
Jennifer said: Kindness, empathy, understanding, personality (that always helps) ….anything else you can run in the nurses’ station to get
Caroline said: Valor Essential Oil
Cheryl said: Knowledge and COMMON SENSE, Stethoscope and syringe
Claudia said: xanax, restraints, treatment plans and sugar free fruit drink
From the beginning of my nursing career I have watched a lot of changes come through the profession. One of the changes has come from technology growth with ipad, iPod, smart phones are the common item you will find in a nurses pocket. As I was speaking to a co-worker a new medication was mentioned that neither of us knew the details about and out popped her smart phone and in just a few seconds she was reading the results.
Nurses have come a long way since the coolest ink pens were the fun item to carry (about 95% of nurses love ink pens and post it notes) – stethoscopes are still a must but even those now have new updated technology that has increased the skill of listening to a deeper level. No matter how much technology is out there – a few things never change when taking care of people – nurses need her pens, her chocolate, comfortable shoes, scissors, band aids, smart phone, valor essential oil, kindness and a dose of sarcasm to top the list.
Just this week walking through a unit I had a client stopped me to chat for just a minute and he said “Would you like me to give you some tips on how to lose some of that weight?” As I glanced at the large over hang that protruded from under his shirt I commented, “No sir! I have worked my whole adult life to look just like this – it took me years to find this body I don’t want to lose it.” He paused and “said well all right then…uh…Ok” I walked away smiling because I knew he would have to think about that comment for a few minutes.
The next day as I walked a new class of employees through one of the client care areas a male clients said, “Hey Angie who have you got with you today?” I stated, “New people coming to work here at the hospital.” and he shook his head “All you hire is stupid people I am sure this bunch is no better.” I replied, “Yes sir they are easier to find the smart ones leave” He looked at me like I had lost my mind and then smiled… we continued walking.
Sometimes… sarcasm takes the edge off removes the negative statements to make them a little more humorous. It could be so easy to get offended daily in mental health or in any nursing position.
A true basic supply that you never need to run out is humor.
Angela was voted 110th Leading Moms in Business , she is the author of “The Nurses Voice” she is also Silver Director for her achievement of being the first Young Living Distributor to build a solid Silver 2nd level Team Performance and over 20,000 in volume without using the phone. She is setting a model of how to build relationships online, through social media, blogging and email. Check out her website at www.angelabrook.com