They do the giant’s share of communicating with patients, cleaning up everyone’s messes, and dealing with complaints, questions, emotional outbursts, and egos – all with little time to rest or even grab a meal.
These 50 memes show just how absurd a day in the life of a nurse can be as well as just how frustrating some parts of their jobs really are.
1. Paging Dr. Ego
Who can blame them for having a laugh at a doctor’s expense when he or she gets a little too high and mighty?
2. Only human
3. Clean up in aisle 3
4. But did you die?
5. Receiver of requests
6. THAT patient
7. They keep doctors from killing you
8. Get on your feet
9. Life and death
10. For everything there is a season
Lots of people are in the same boat with weekend work, but they probably don’t have to clean up blood and vomit on their Saturday nights.
11. Going natural
There’s a reason we should be grateful to live in the 21st century (and there’s a reason we tend to live a lot longer now).
12. Keeping their cool
13. Scheduling conflicts
Props to all the night shift workers who have to try and sleep during the day.
14. This one time…
15. Keep it simple
16. What sleep?
17. Hey, where are you going?
Remember how many other people your nurse has to care for over the course of their shift.
18. Nursing school woes
19. Tap that
There’s not much you can do about your own veins, but don’t be surprised if you get complimented on a good one!
20. Footwear woes
21. The pain scale
22. The night shift
Those are some real emergencies and night shift nurses have to be at their best.
23. Stay strong
24. Sensory overload
25. There’s no romance in medicine
26. Talking dirty
27. Naughty nurse
Of course, that doesn’t mean nurses can’t be glam, but that’s usually a priority that needs to wait until after a good night’s sleep.
28. Medicine as a second language
30. Ding dong
31. Full moon madness
But perceptions can strongly influence how people feel about their jobs. So be extra nice to your nurses during a full moon!
32. I’m not sure why I’m sick
Just don’t be frustrated when your nurse suggests a healthier lifestyle instead of a medication.
33. Nurse me back to health
Asking a nurse to take care of you sometime is probably the worst pickup line possible.
34. The great escape
If your nurse is on her way out the door, that means she’s not your nurse until the next time she clocks in.