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Which Nurse are You?

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1.???Aspiring Alice: the nurse who is focused on climbing the ladder, either by advancement of education, or shining shoes for the powers-that-be.

2.??Bitter Betty: the nurse who is regularly embittered by (fill in the blank). Betty would be mad at Alice for being ambitious. Betty thinks everyone should be a bedside nurse. She resents nurses who seek loftier positions, especially those who are inexperienced. She is the type you do not tell you want to go to grad school when you have less than 2 years of experience.

3.??Chatty Cathy: the nurse who talks about all sorts of things as if?she is allergic to silence or has a phobia of shutting up. During report, Cathy will often talk about irrelevant things. She is the one to tell you the intubated patient’s grandmother-in-law had a history of lice before succumbing to the Spanish influenza of 1918. During the shift, you can often catch Cathy oversharing aimless things going on in her life like the fact that she is getting a C-section in two months followed by a vasectomy. Chatty Cathy and Bitter Betty live on the diametrical opposite tail ends of the political spectrum. Thankfully, they rarely work together.

4.??DGAF Dan: this is the guy checking his texts or social media during a code. He is otherwise competent but will do questionable things that can lead one to question his misguided priorities.

5.??Excellent Erin: this is the nurse who is involved in all unit committees and has nearly the entire alphabet on her nametag; Erin RN, BSN, CCRN, ACLS, BLS, FBI, FUBU, ETC.

6.??Fake Frank: this is the nurse who will receive report from a nurse and act like everything is okay, then find an anthill to blow into a mountain for management to address. Like that Dulcolax that was given at 1730 instead 1600.

7.??Gorgeous Gina: This is the stunningly beautiful nurse who flirts with the doctors. The docs love her despite her evident incompetence. Gina has the Docs personal numbers and can text them to get orders. Bitter Betty particularly reserves the utmost resentment for Gina.

8.??Hungry Harry: the nurse who is always on break or asking to take a break.

9.??Impatient Irene: the nurse who starts doing an assessment in the middle of bedside report.

10.? Joyful Joy: the nurse who is always positive even when getting report about he quadriplegic patient with C-diff and all requests for a rectal tube have been declined. Negative Nancy (yet to be met) thinks Joy is doubling up on her antidepressant doses and that’s why she is so Joyful.

11.? Kinky Kimberly: Kim is not as aesthetically pleasant as Gina, but she makes up for it with caking herself in make-up and tight scrubs. Her hair is often untied, and her picture is on the hospital flier. She also has the most Daisy nominations because she reminds her patients to fill them.

12.? Lazy Lisa: 5 minutes into the shift she is already sitting down at the nurses’ station chatting all her assignment and drinking her 2 L mountain dew.

13.? Moody Mary: unapproachable and the last one to be assigned an admit. No one dares to mess with her, not even bitter Betty. Mary's pungent disposition?is palpable and she will stink up the entire shift in the blink of an eye.

14.? Negative Nancy: pessimistic and often spins information to fit her negative scope/narrative. She is the one to start rumors in the unit and her gossip flies faster than a toupee in a hurricane.

15.? Outgoing Owen: the nurse planning drinks after work and potlucks.

16.? Panicking Paul: timid and nervous nurse who likes to play Monday-quarterback over things that are no longer in his?control. He?calls on his?day off to check on a particular patient. Though he?means well, he?can be unintentionally annoying. He?is the one always saying trite platitudes like “using my nursing judgement” or “it’s my license” ??

17.? Quiet Quincy: the introvert of the unit. The polar opposite of Owen. Quincy says about 10 words the entire shift, rarely gets involved in any drama and nobody knows much about Quincy’s life outside of work.

18.? Rebel Randy: bends every rule but is well experienced and all the newbies look up to him. Randy will do an intervention first then call to get an order for that intervention. He is the one who often gets assigned the sickest patients. Randy is unafraid to question management, especially about patient safety issues.

19.? Sensitive Susan: Sue is the nurse who gets offended on behalf of everyone. Sue is quick to label others with the -ism du jour. She thinks it’s gross negligence that the cardiac patients are not on a vegan diet.

20.? Timely Tom: organized and always leaves on time. Unlike Lisa, Tom finishes his work based on efficiency. Nancy thinks Tom skips certain duties and that is why he is never late.

21.? Ubiquitous Usher: the nightshift nurse who works six 12hr shifts in a row and is always looking to pick up shifts. Usher survives on gas station food and potlucks.

22.? Vociferous Vicky: the loudest and most opinionated person in the unit. Lacks self-awareness; however, she is too experienced to care about anyone who finds her verbosity uncomfortable.

23.? Wacky Willy: the craziest nurse in the specialty. Everyone wonders how Willy is still employed. The type of nurse to give complaining patients the managers business card so that they can call directly and complain about substandard care. The type of nurse who takes a nap standing up in the patient’s room while chatting.

24.? Xenophobic Xavier: bigoted nurse who resents those who are dissimilar to him.

25.? Yellow-sleeve Yvonne: the nurse who is seemingly high at work. The jaundice raises a few eyebrows about alcoholism, and the long-sleeved thermals in the Summer raise more doubts, especially from Nancy.

26.? Zealous Zack: always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty irrespective of convenience.

TheMoonisMyLantern, ADN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Mental health, substance abuse, geriatrics, PCU. Has 14 years experience.

Cynical, I hope these archetypes aren't based on just your current co-workers, if they are you may need to start putting some depakote sprinkles in the unit coffee pot!???

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

None of these fit me, entirely. I'm somewhere in the crazy/rule-bending/organized/impatient camp, though.

TheMoonisMyLantern, ADN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Mental health, substance abuse, geriatrics, PCU. Has 14 years experience.

13 minutes ago, Sour Lemon said:

None of these fit me, entirely. I'm somewhere in the crazy/rule-bending/organized/impatient camp, though.

I go through several of these categories throughout the course of one shift!???

6 hours ago, TheMoonisMyLantern said:

Cynical, I hope these archetypes aren't based on just your current co-workers, if they are you may need to start putting some depakote sprinkles in the unit coffee pot!???

?????????? Depakote in coffee -oh my ribs. You made laugh out loud in the morning.?It’s gonna be a good day. I used to work in a big ICU with >100 nurses and also traveled in various ICUs. These archetypes?are loosely based on some of the interesting characters of the memorable nurses I met along the way, including myself ??.?

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Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

10 hours ago, cynical-RN said:

18.? Rebel Randy: bends every rule but is well experienced and all the newbies look up to him. Randy will do an intervention first then call to get an order for that intervention. He is the one who often gets assigned the sickest patients. Randy is unafraid to question management, especially about patient safety issues.

20.? Timely Tom: organized and always leaves on time. Unlike Lisa, Tom finishes his work based on efficiency. Nancy thinks Tom skips certain duties and that is why he is never late.

22.? Vociferous Vicky: the loudest and most opinionated person in the unit. Lacks self-awareness; however, she is too experienced to care about anyone who finds her verbosity uncomfortable.

23.? Wacky Willy: the craziest nurse in the specialty. Everyone wonders how Willy is still employed. The type of nurse to give complaining patients the managers business card so that they can call directly and complain about substandard care. The type of nurse who takes a nap standing up in the patient’s room while chatting.

I was sort of like Rebel Randy. Jason Hiney RN once said to me, "Some of?the newbies are afraid of you, but only the good ones. The bad ones don't care if they do a good job or not".

Like Timely Tom, I almost always clocked out on time. I often said, "I was on time and did my job. Lack of responsibility on your part will not mean overtime on mine!"

Like Vociferous Vicky, I felt too experienced to give a Flying Fruit Basket what others, including administrators, thought of me.

And, finally, like Wacky Willy, staff and psych patients often wondered on which side of the nursing station counter I should?be.

Cyn, this thread is excellently outstanding, and I doff my proverbial hat to your perspectives and humor.

Now that I've been a Brown Nose Barry, may I have your permission to post images within your?insightfully entertaining thread?

Pleeeease?!

9 minutes ago, Davey Do said:

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Cyn, this thread is excellently outstanding, and I doff my proverbial hat to your perspectives and humor.

Now that I've been a Brown Nose Barry, may I have your permission to post images within your?insightfully entertaining thread?

Pleeeease?!

1. Thank you

2. Yes, you may post images as you see fit.?

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

13 minutes ago, cynical-RN said:

1. Thank you

2. Yes, you may post images as you see fit.?

And, thank you, Cyn!?

Although, as of yet, I have no idea what images I will be posting, your thread was so gosh darn entertaining, and one in which?I could identify, I'm sure something will come.

I believe you've given me enough fodder for fun to get me through the Winter!

TheMoonisMyLantern, ADN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Mental health, substance abuse, geriatrics, PCU. Has 14 years experience.

Do Bitter Betty, she's gotta be the mascot of AN LOL?

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

29 minutes ago, Davey Do said:

Like Vociferous Vicky, I felt too experienced to give a Flying Fruit Basket what others, including administrators, thought of me.

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I didn't give a Flying Fruit Basket, but I did own one.

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Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

11 minutes ago, TheMoonisMyLantern said:

Do Bitter Betty, she's gotta be the mascot of AN LOL?

For now, Moon, I think I'll just use some images from my files.

Here's one?that fits "Bitter Betty: the nurse who is regularly embittered by (fill in the blank)" any one who calls off.?

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14 minutes ago, TheMoonisMyLantern said:

Do Bitter Betty, she's gotta be the mascot of AN LOL?

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I really do think she should be called Biter Betty, as this would better encompass the spirit of things, here at least. I trust we understand that Betty's a bit bitter but brash babes call her Biter. Say that 5 times fast.

Judicious Jessica, not listed: She or he quickly and accurately evaluates incoming information to determine that most of it is nonsense, which is kindly called malarkey. Malarkey is one of her/his favorite words, and has a lot to do with, well, everything. S/he is capable of considering almost anything malarkey, such as initiatives, policies, and any plans that are introduced by using the word "pivot."

Judicious Jessica strives to combine her/his powers of perception and evaluation with the persona of Quiet Quincy, while bravely fighting off Vociferous Vicky.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

I'm the love child of bitter Betty,? rebel Randy, and moody Mary. Seriously...but I get the job done and my patients give me raves, so it's all good?

ETA: vociferous Vicky also donated genetics to me?

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

40 minutes ago, JKL33 said:

I really do think she should be called Biter Betty, as this would better encompass the spirit of things, here at least. I trust we understand that Betty's a bit bitter but brash babes call her Biter. Say that 5 times fast.

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Daisy4RN

Specializes in Travel, Home Health, Med-Surg. Has 20 years experience.

12 hours ago, cynical-RN said:

Which nurse are you?

I would say I am a cross between 17 (keep a low profile), 18 (we all know some p/p?are just stupid)?and 20 (always, always leave on time, except emergencies/codes etc).

I have had other nurses ask me how I can always leave on time. My response, I do?my?work and not that of the others who choose to be lazy, or that which admin knows is impossible. I once had a dietician call me from the charting area, while on the computer already, to ask what the pt's weight was, nope, that call just get "accidently" disconnected.?

The nurses that irritate the most, 6 (Me: the MD changed the NS?to 0.45 NS but told me to let this bad finish, oncoming nurse: OK sounds good.?Waits until I leave and writes an incident report and tattle tales to manager that wrong bag hanging, UGH! and, 9?(please just stop and wait until I am done, please!).

8 minutes ago, Daisy4RN said:
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I once had a dietician call me from the charting area, while on the computer already, to ask what the pt's weight was, nope, that call just get "accidently" disconnected.?

The paragon of laziness. This is a good example of why I have come to understand bad things happening to good people at certain times.

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The nurses that irritate the most, 6 (Me: the MD changed the NS?to 0.45 NS but told me to let this bad finish, oncoming nurse: OK sounds good.?Waits until I leave and writes an incident report and tattle tales to manager that wrong bag hanging, UGH!?

One of my biggest pet-peeves as well. Pettiness is among the least desirable qualities that I find in some nurses. Top that with snitching about insignificant/trivial issues and my aversion for such an individual multiplies 10 fold.??

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