“Ohhhhh you’re a Nurse Practitioner I have a cousin that is like a medical assistant that’s like the same thing right?”
“So I am like taking this medicine and it makes me feel a little itchy can you tell me if *insert various drug* would do that to me?”
“Can you write prescriptions?”
The answer to that is yes
“Will you write one for me?”
*I also follow this one up with “you’re older than 18….I only deal with little people” (like Pediatrics little people just to clarify)*
“Do you know Sara Smith….I think she’s like basically a doctor too but she works in Dermatology”.
Yes because that is such a rare name and everyone in healthcare knows each other
“Ohhhh I have this really funny rash can you take a look at it?”
“Do you want to see this gnarly gash I got the other day?”
“Do you think this is blood in what I just coughed out?”
“So I’m taking this medicine it’s for a sinus infection” *wrong* (I know it’s for something else but okay I’ll play along) “and it says I can’t drink on it…..like does that mean like not at all or just less than I usually do?”
My personal favorite is when people start talking about something that they clearly have no business talking about related to a various health condition. I usually don’t poke the cage because I’m not interested in furthering the conversations but once in a while I can’t help it and feel the need to gently correct inform them.
I once had someone show me a picture of something that should have been immediately flushed and wanted to know if I thought something was wrong with it. What the???? Honestly!
Last thing. You thought the man cold was bad….trying being in the healthcare field. The symptoms are exponentially worse.
In all fairness I absolutely love my job. I honestly love going to work (I mean I miss my bed don’t get me wrong). I have a great team that I work with and 98% of the time my patients are kiddos are great. Plus if you give a sticker to a kid you are now their best friend. Oh and kids will tell you everything! I had one tell me the other day his chest was hurting because he was carrying the beer out of the boat for his parents #busted
They will also make you sweet chevron bracelets like this.
So does this happen to you? Do people find out what you do and then the onslaught of questions come? My other healthcare peeps what are the most gross or annoying things people have said to you once you opened Pandoras box and told them what you do?
Don’t forget about the linkup tomorrow!!!! xoxoxo