From Scrubs to One Born Every Minute, we have all been glued to the blood, sweat and tears of a hospital drama. Although our diagnoses based on ER based knowledge are often incorrect, there are some home truths that can be learnt from TV. Whether you are already a nurse, or thinking of taking up a course, take a look at the nine things TV taught us about nursing.
You forget what your normal clothes look like
Although we all secretly wish we had a pair, after five minutes you realise that all nurses live in scrubs.
Your superiors will hate you
It’s a dog eat dog world in the hospital. If Dr Cox taught us anything, it was that you won’t gain respect from your superiors until you have proved you can get through an entire TV series without fainting.
Your nursing friends will become your best friends
You will share a bond no one else could possibly understand once you have got through nursing school together.
You will need to learn to take criticism
Everyone watching at home nods in agreement when we say you deserve a medal for getting through the shift, but everyone in the hospital will criticise what you DIDN’T do.
None of the doctors in the hospital will look like this
They just won’t.
You need a good poker face
Whilst we all hide behind the pillows in horror, as a nurse you will need the ‘everything is fine’ poker face with patients (even when internally screaming).
And will quickly get used to crying patients
On any hospital drama, it takes a matter of seconds before a patient is crying, screaming, pressing their help button hysterically or shouting about how long they have been waiting.
You will have days where you can’t remember why you wanted to be a nurse...
The hours are long, the patients are rude and your social life is nonexistent.
But it will all be worth it at the end of the shift
That’s when you remember that you are actually doing the greatest job of all; saving and changing lives on a regular basis.
If you fancy finding out more, have a read of our nursing guide and take a look at the courses listed on our site. Although it won’t be a walk in the park, we cannot question the job satisfaction that comes with the scrubs.
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.