1 – Being too friendly with patients
2 – Asking “How was your meal?” to a ‘Nil by mouth’ patient
3 – Asking “How’d you sleep?” to any patient
Learnt really quickly there’s a lot to complain about trying to sleep in a hospital.
4 – Putting an incontinence pad down backwards
Or worse, ripping it.
5 – Thinking you’ll have a social life outside of work
Once I heard about a student nurse who fell asleep inside a nightclub after a long shift. Probably not uncommon tbh.
6 – Learning body fluid radiuses the hard way
Ever see a nurse on prac stand too close to a tracchy change only to be coughed on? It happens.
7 – Asking anything to a patient who can’t see
“Can you hand me that brush?” “What’s that over there?” “Was it nice to see your family?” *CRINGE* I’m SORRY
8 – Saying the Q word
Possibly the most heinous crime a young nurse or midwife could make. The first time you say how quiet it is, you’re gonna get blamed for the next 10 code blues.