Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | May 4, 2010

Words of Wisdom

From Head Nurse, a damn genius, the crafter of elegant and spare prose without equal in the world today, 10 rules for surviving the first months as a nurse:

  1. Pee.
  2. You’re not going to kill anybody; no, really, you’re not.
  3. If you have to fuck with it, it’s wrong.
  4. Find someone’s shoulder to cry on.
  5. Remember that things will get easier.
  6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even stupid ones.
  8. Be kind to the techs and unit secretary, for they will save your ass someday.
  9. Likewise be kind to the doctors, for mostly they love to teach and are fairly nice people.
  10. And do find time to be kind to yourself.

I’m excerpting and linking here (you really need to read the whole thing) because GUESS WHAT! Exactly the same rules apply to third year medical students starting out on their clinical rotations, as well as newly minted MDs starting their internships. Naturally, you should substitute “nurse” for “doctor,” but otherwise, everything is pretty much the same (especially numbers 3, 5, 8, and 10).

Thanks, Jo.


  1. Dino, what happened to Cranky Prof? All of a sudden her blog is protected.

    I miss her. You’ll just have to write more to make up fo her. 🙂

  2. bride23, I was wondering the same thing!

  3. Bride23/Mamatoboys: email me.

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