Nurse on a Date

Nurses are highly committed to their jobs. They work long and exhausting shifts, and quite regularly there are many hours on top of this – when they can’t get away or have to work overtime. It’s not surprising that nurses’ work and personal lives often fuse as this “Nurse on a Date” video by Tanya Hennessy illustrates so hilariously.

First, there is the apology for being late – which we all know so well. The nurse explains that she had to do the work of a doctor at half the pay. When her date expresses that this seems unfair, she uses the opening to let him know that she’s a nurse.

She then needs to take his history – name, date of birth, medical conditions – and the chart comes out. The waiter picks up on her being a nurse and asks about a rash – at least here she insists that she’s off the clock.  Although it’s already night-time, she orders coffee to “start the day.”  This is essential because, being a nurse, her body is mostly coffee.  Vodka is also required.

By this time she feels that the evening isn’t going too well. When the man agrees, he has to rate the pain on a scale of 1-10. His reply of “eight” causes her to chart the time of death of date at precisely 07:02.

He then tries to change the atmosphere but puts his foot in it by saying, “I mean, at the end of the day, you are just a nurse.”  This has her reaching for her cell phone to call an ambulance – for the head injury he’s about to sustain.

Like me you are sure to have a good giggle at this comedy clip – and then realize there might just be a smattering of truth in it. Learn, and don’t mess up your dates because you can’t “keep your work at work.”

Frieda Paton is a registered nurse with a Master’s degree in nursing education. Her passion for nursing education, nursing issues and advocacy for the profession were ignited while she worked as an education officer, and later editor, at a national nurses’ association. This passion, together with interest in health and wellness education since her student days, stayed with her throughout her further career as a nurse educator and occupational health nurse. Having reached retirement age, she continues to contribute to the profession as a full-time freelance writer. In the news and feature articles she writes for Nurseslabs, she hopes to inspire nursing students and nurses on the job to reflect on the trends and issues that affect their profession and communities - and play their part in advocacy wherever they find themselves.

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